Indonesian economy may grow 6 percent this year : observer
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    YOGYAKARTA, March 25 (PNA/ANTARA) - An economic observer said Indonesia`s economic growth could reach six percent this year because of the national economy`s performance over the past two months.


YOGYAKARTA, March 25 (PNA/ANTARA) - An economic observer said Indonesia`s economic growth could reach six percent this year because of the national economy`s performance over the past two months.

"I initially predicted growth would reach only 5.3 percent but in view of the economy`s performance over the past two months, I am now optimistic we can achieve a six-percent growth rate," Toni Prasetyantono from state Gajahmada University said here on Wednesday.

He said the economy's improved performance in the past two months would have a positive impact on the revised 2010 state budget. A good national budget would also serve as a good economic stimulus, he said.

"Therefore, the state budget needs to be revised to adjust it to the latest economic conditions which are marked by good growth," he said.

Regarding the plan of several legislators to refuse meeting the finance minister to discuss the revised 2010 state budget, Toni said they would only be hurting everybody if they carried out their plan.

He said their stance was not professional and would hinder discussions of the revised state budget while at the same time they knew the national budget had to be changed to be adjusted to the latest domestic economic conditions which are now improving.

He said the meeting would be very important. If the current national budget was not changed, the nation would be hurt, he said.

 "Legislators should be able to exercise restraint and act professionally in dealing with a problem. Moreover, the finance minister has not yet been proven legally guilty," he said.