"The economy is growing at a rate of 6.5 percent while inflation gas levelled out at 3.9 percent. This is very good," he said at a discussion titled Financial Lecture: Post-Investment Grade at the Ritz Carlton Hotel here on Wednesday.
He said Indonesia`s economy was now generally better than the Netherlands`. If Indonesia`s economy continued to grow, it was not impossible it would surpass Spain`s next year, he said.
"Right now we have the potentials to beat Spain. This is a big mission. And next year we must be able to realize that," he said.
Dahlan said Indonesia was now entering a new phase, namely a phase that really separates business and politics.
"When we listen to news reports it seems the country`s economy is messed up and the country is suffering huge losses. But in reality Indonesia`s economy is advancing," he said.
Dahlan said, in the midst of a political atmosphere that was heating up Indonesia had kept showing economic progress. He said the situation must be used well and not neglected.
The political atmosphere in Indonesia was heating up in connection with the planned general elections in 2014 which is to be followed by presidential election.