By I Made Sentana

JAKARTA--Indonesia's current-account account deficit narrowed to $4.5 billion in the third quarter from $5.0 billion in the second quarter thanks to a higher trade surplus, Bank Indonesia said Friday.

The nation's central bank said the deficit in the July-September period was equal to 1.8% of gross domestic product, narrowing from 2.2% in the previous quarter, indicating that the deficit is getting more manageable.

A deficit equal to 2.5%-3% of GDP is considered safe.

Southeast Asia's largest economy has been running current-current deficits since late 2011 as the prices of its exported commodities, such as coal, crude palm oil, nickel and bauxite, plunged.

Indonesia will likely continue to bookcurrent-account deficits due to its imports of capital goods.

The improved current-account deficit helped jack up the overall balance of payment surplus in the third quarter to $5.7 billion from $2.2 billion in the second quarter.

The surplus was also helped by asset repatriation prompted by Indonesia's tax amnesty program.

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