Jakarta (ANTARA) - The value of digital banking transactions increased 27.82 percent year on year (yoy) in July 2022 to reach Rp4,359.7 trillion, which was in line with the normalization of community mobility, Bank Indonesia (BI) has said.

"Economic transactions and digital finance have increased, supported by increasing public acceptance and preference for online shopping, the expansion and convenience of digital payment systems, and the acceleration of digital banking," BI Governor Perry Warjiyo informed while announcing the results of the August 2022 meeting of the central bank’s board of governors (RDG) in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The value of electronic money transactions in July 2022 grew 39.76 percent yoy to reach Rp35.5 trillion, he said. Meanwhile, the value of payment transactions using ATM cards, debit cards, and credit cards increased 34.87 percent yoy to Rp739.4 trillion.

To encourage the implementation of payment system services that meet the principles of integration, interconnection, and interoperability, BI is continuing to strengthen preparations for the implementation of domestic government credit cards and the National Open API Payment Standard (SNAP).

"BI is also continuing to strengthen coordination and collaboration with ministries/agencies and the Regional Digitization Acceleration and Expansion Task Force (P2DD) in order to encourage the acceleration of regional digitalization to support regional economic growth," he said.

Meanwhile, the amount of currency in circulation (UYD) in July 2022 was recorded to have increased by 7.08 percent (yoy) to reach Rp913.3 trillion, he added.

The central bank is continuing to ensure the availability of the rupiah and quality currency across the territory of the Republic of Indonesia.

It is also continuing to boost education to instill love, pride, and understanding (CBP) of the rupiah.

The central bank earlier released seven denominations of the 2022 issue banknotes: Rp1 thousand, Rp2 thousand, Rp5 thousand, Rp10 thousand, Rp20 thousand, Rp50 thousand, and Rp100 thousand.

"Today, August 18, 2022, I officially issue seven denominations of the 2022 issue year rupiah banknotes as a legal means of payment throughout the territory of Republic of Indonesia," Warjiyo announced here on Thursday.

He said that the seven denominations would become a legal means of payment starting August 18, and will be used alongside the currently circulating banknotes.

The 2022 edition banknotes bear the images of national heroes on the front as well as cultural themes, such as dance forms, natural scenery, and flora, on the reverse, like the 2016 edition banknotes.

However, the new banknotes have been improved in some aspects, for instance, they have a sharper color palette, more reliable security aspects, and are more durable.

These improvements are aimed at ensuring that the rupiah banknotes have more features signifying their authenticity, are more convenient and safe to use, and are more counterfeit-proof, making them better in terms of quality and reliability.

The issuance of the 2022 edition banknotes, which coincided with the 77th anniversary of Indonesia's Independence Day, is a manifestation of the spirit of nationalism and sovereignty for fostering optimism for the recovery of the national economy.

“This launch of rupiah currency is a concrete manifestation of our collective commitment to providing quality and reliable rupiah currency as a symbol of state sovereignty and for unifying the nation," Warjiyo noted.

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