Mata Uang Tunggal ASEAN Baru Rumor
Menurut Muliaman, hingga kini belum ada langkah-langkah yang diambil Bank Indonesia terkait dengan rencana penerapan mata uang tunggal itu. Apa yang terjadi di Yunani, Irlandia, dan Spanyol seiring dengan penerapan mata uang tunggal euro, kata Muliaman, harus menjadi pelajaran bagi ASEAN bila ingin menerapkan kebijakan serupa.
Perhimpunan Negara-Negara Asia Tenggara atau ASEAN kembali menyuarakan keinginan memiliki mata uang tunggal seperti halnya Uni Eropa dengan euro. Wacana mata uang tunggal tersebut sempat bergulir dua tahun lalu bersama tiga macan Asia: Cina, Jepang, dan Korea Selatan.
Deputi Gubernur Bank Indonesia Halim Alimsyah menambahkan, masalah yang dihadapi ASEAN berbeda dengan 12 negara di Uni Eropa. Penerapan euro dilakukan lewat proses panjang. Pembahasan sudah dilakukan pascakrisis 1930-an. "Munculnya perang di Eropa juga menjadi alasan keinginan membuat mata uang bersama," ujarnya.
Masalah yang dihadapi ASEAN umumnya tekanan, yang justru datang dari luar kawasan. Menurut Halim, penerapan mata uang tunggal ASEAN baru bisa dilakukan jika aktivitas perdagangan meningkat, sehingga mengurangi jurang perbedaan di antara negara ASEAN.
"Jadi, ketika perekonomian sudah sama-sama tinggi, baru konvergensi ekonomi yang lebih tinggi bisa dilakukan," katanya. Bila di suatu kawasan masih terdapat perekonomian suatu negara yang tertinggal, tidak mungkin dipaksakan untuk memakai mata uang bersama. "Kita harus setara dulu."
FROM JEROME CORSI'S RED ALERT
420 banks demand 1-world currency
International finance group seeks remedy to looming exchange wars
Posted: October 10, 2010
12:06 am Eastern
Editor's Note: The following report is excerpted from Jerome Corsi's Red Alert, the premium online newsletter published by the current No. 1 best-selling author, WND staff writer and senior managing director of the Financial Services Group at Gilford Securities.
The Institute of International Finance, a group that represents 420 of the world's largest banks and finance houses, has issued yet another call for a one-world global currency, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports.
"A core group of the world's leading economies need to come together and hammer out an understanding," Charles Dallara, the Institute of International Finance's managing director, told the Financial Times.
An IIF policy letter authored by Dallara and dated Oct. 4 made clear that global currency coordination was needed, in the group's view, to prevent a looming currency war.
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"The narrowly focused unilateral and bilateral policy actions seen in recent months – including many proposed and actual measures on trade, currency intervention and monetary policy – have contributed to worsening underlying macroeconomic imbalances," Dallara wrote. "They have also led to growing protectionist pressures as countries scramble for export markets as a source of growth."
Dallard encouraged a return to the G-20 commitment to utilize International Monetary Fund special drawing rights to create an international one-world currency alternative to the U.S. dollar as a new standard of foreign-exchange reserves.
Likewise, a July United Nations report called for the replacement of the dollar as the standard for holding foreign-exchange reserves in international trade with a new one-world currency issued by the International Monetary Fund.
The 176-page report, titled "United Nations World Economic and Social Survey 2010," was issued at a high-level meeting of the U.N. Economic and Social Council and published in its entirety on the U.N. website.
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