Indonesia’s new capital to be inspired by Silicon Valley

Indonesia’s New Capital To Be Inspired By Silicon Valley

Indonesian President Joko Widodo wants to model his country’s planned new capital on Borneo island after California’s technology and innovation hub Silicon Valley in the US, The Jakarta Post reported.

The president wants the yet-to-be named city in East Kalimantan – to be constructed near the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda – to foster development of technology startups and a digitised manufacturing sector, as well as boast an efficient, technology-driven urban system for delivery of public services, the report noted.

“It will be similar to Silicon Valley [in the US], where creative industries are born and establish their headquarters,” the president said.

He added that the city would also have world-class education institutions and modern hospitals, botanical parks, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and green transportation systems.

“We are not only developing the center of government but the capital city for the future, in which the systems are projected for the next 100 to 150 years,” Widodo noted.

Indonesia is expected to spend close to $33 billion on the relocation of the capital from Jakarta, with construction on some 180,000 hectares expected to begin next year. The actual relocation is expected to take place in 2023 or 2024.

Government institutions will require only about 10,000 hectares, while about 30,000 hectares will be put up for sale to individuals and companies at a fraction of the price it costs in Jakarta, Jokowi said.

The new capital would become the country’s administrative center, while the current capital Jakarta would remain to be Indonesia’s commercial hub.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo wants to model his country’s planned new capital on Borneo island after California's technology and innovation hub Silicon Valley in the US, The Jakarta Post reported. The president wants the yet-to-be named city in East Kalimantan – to be constructed near the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda – to foster development of technology startups and a digitised manufacturing sector, as well as boast an efficient, technology-driven urban system for delivery of public services, the report noted. “It will be similar to Silicon Valley [in the US], where creative industries are born and establish their headquarters,” the...

Indonesia’s New Capital To Be Inspired By Silicon Valley

Indonesian President Joko Widodo wants to model his country’s planned new capital on Borneo island after California’s technology and innovation hub Silicon Valley in the US, The Jakarta Post reported.

The president wants the yet-to-be named city in East Kalimantan – to be constructed near the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda – to foster development of technology startups and a digitised manufacturing sector, as well as boast an efficient, technology-driven urban system for delivery of public services, the report noted.

“It will be similar to Silicon Valley [in the US], where creative industries are born and establish their headquarters,” the president said.

He added that the city would also have world-class education institutions and modern hospitals, botanical parks, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and green transportation systems.

“We are not only developing the center of government but the capital city for the future, in which the systems are projected for the next 100 to 150 years,” Widodo noted.

Indonesia is expected to spend close to $33 billion on the relocation of the capital from Jakarta, with construction on some 180,000 hectares expected to begin next year. The actual relocation is expected to take place in 2023 or 2024.

Government institutions will require only about 10,000 hectares, while about 30,000 hectares will be put up for sale to individuals and companies at a fraction of the price it costs in Jakarta, Jokowi said.

The new capital would become the country’s administrative center, while the current capital Jakarta would remain to be Indonesia’s commercial hub.

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