Tue, 08 Feb 2011

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said the country`s economic growth at 6.1 percent in 2010 pleased the government as it had exceeded the 5.8 percent assumed in the state budget.

"We hail the outcome. Indeed we had hoped it would surpass six percent and it did, and even reached 6.1 percent. This means that the outcome was higher then the targeted 5.8 percent," the minister said here on Monday.

He said the growth in 2010 was good and had met expectations thanks to growth in domestic consumption, investment and exports.

"Household consumption growth was high and we also see other factors such as investment and exports. And exports got more support because the prices of several other commodities increased. It seems that this factor played a role in the fourth quarter of 2010," the minister said.

He said there were several matters that needed to be improved by the government, particularly in the consumption sector such as accelerating the absorption of the budget so that the growth target for 2011 which was set at 6.4 percent could be achieved.(*)