Jakarta to remain economic hub as Indonesia prepares to move capital city

Jakarta to remain economic hub as Indonesia prepares to move capital city
Jakarta to remain economic hub as Indonesia prepares to move capital city

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Indonesia’s parliament on Thursday designated special status for Jakarta, keeping the metropolis as the country’s economic epicentre, amid plans to move the capital city to Borneo island. — AFP pic

JAKARTA, March 28 — Indonesia’s parliament on Thursday designated special status for Jakarta, keeping the metropolis as the country’s economic epicentre, amid plans to move the capital city to Borneo island.

Indonesia plans to move its capital city away from congested and sinking Jakarta, to Nusantara, a US$32-billion city under construction in the jungles of East Kalimantan on Borneo.

The city is a flagship project of outgoing President Joko Widodo, who pledged to redistribute wealth and development currently concentrated in Java, across the archipelago.

An “agglomeration” council will be created to harmonise development plans between Jakarta and its satellite cities, according to a copy of the new law dated March 18 seen by Reuters.

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Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian said after deliberation in parliament that Jakarta should still be improved to compete with other “world-class cities” once the seat of government has been moved to Nusantara.

“After it’s no longer a capital, it still has to be sealed with a special status so that it can accelerate economic growth and to increase contribution to the country’s GDP,” he said.

Under current rules, Jakarta will remain Indonesia’s capital until the president issues a decree officially naming Nusantara as the new capital, which is expected sometime this year.

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The government is expected to hold 2024’s independence day ceremony on August 17 in Nusantara and thousands of civil servants are expected to move there by end of this year. — Reuters

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