JAKARTA, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Indonesia will not increase subsidised fuel prices this quarter, a senior minister said on Saturday, according to CNBC Indonesia, hosing down expectations the government may announce a price hike next week.
Chief economic minister Airlangga Hartarto said the government is still reviewing several scenarios related to fuel subsidies, without giving more details.
“Please wait (for the decision) from the meeting with the president,” he said, adding the government is still formulating a digital scheme to limit distribution of subsidised fuel.
As such, fuel prices hikes would not be introduced in the third quarter of this year, he said.
Previously, another senior minister said President Joko Widodo may announce a fuel price hike next week to reduce spending on energy subsidies, which, at 502 trillion rupiah ($33.84 billion) this year, the president has described as “too large”.
Indonesians currently pay 7,650 rupiah per litre for subsidised gasoline, which authorities say is about 40% below estimated market price. Subsidised diesel is sold at 5,150 rupiah per litre, less than a third of the market price.