CARDS & PAYMENTS | Staff Reporter, Indonesia

Indonesian card payments to mellow 1.7% in 2020

But it is bound for a 7% recovery come 2021.

Card payments growth in Indonesia is expected to mellow to 1.7% this year as consumers veer away from non-essential purchases, a GlobalData report showed.

However, the market is likely to bounce back 7% in 2021 with a forecast to reach $63.9b in 2024.

To provide relief to cardholders and push card usage, the government has reduced credit card interest rates from 2.25% to 2% per month and minimum repayment from 10% to 5% of total outstanding, effective 1 May.

“The resurgence of the tourism industry and opening up of business activities will encourage consumer spending, which in turn will accelerate the recovery of the country’s card payments market,” said GlobalData analyst Nikhil Reddy. 

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