Indonesia and South Korea Central Banks Ink Partnership Deal

Bank Indonesia (BI) and Bank of Korea signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work closer together on monetary-related issues. The MoU covers policy dialogue, technical discussions, capacity building, joint research, and other relevant forms of cooperation in the area of monetary and macroprudential policy, financial system stability, and payment and settlement systems, among other things. The latter issue includes jointly developing cross-border and digital payment infrastructure.

“Going forward, the cooperation also provides a strong framework for partnership in responding to the future challenges and in embarking on various innovations,” BI communication head Erwin Haryono in a statement.

The announcement of the MoU came just a day before the Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting. The MoU adds to the central bank’s long list of cooperation with other central banks and is the second to be signed during Indonesia’s G20 presidency that started on Nov. 1 last year.

“The MoU is expected to serve as an opportunity to substantially strengthen future cooperation with Indonesia, the largest economy in the ASEAN region and one with high growth potential,” said the Bank of Korea in a statement.

On Nov. 8 last year, BI signed a similar MoU with the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) to cooperate in developing cross-border payment systems, securing transactions, addressing money laundering, and combatting terrorism financing. In the statement, BI pledged to continue expanding partnerships with many other international partners.

“Such cooperation is an integral part of BI’s contribution to the national economy while also serving as an important development in line with the spirit of the 2022 Indonesia G20 Presidency,” Erwin said.

Feb 17, 2022, The Jakarta Post