Indonesia’s new capital will be “very special”, advisor Tony Blair says

Tony Blair delivers a speech on Indonesia’s new capital after a meeting with President Widodo on February 28

Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who is an advisor for the planning and development of Indonesia’s new capital city on Borneo island, said he was confident that the new city will be a “special place,” describing the relocation plan from Jakarta as an “outstanding vision for Indonesia,” as well as “an inspiration for the whole world.”

“I think the project is enormously exciting. It’s going to be a project that doesn’t just mean creating a new capital city, but a capital city that is going to be very special in the way that it’s developed,” Blair said after a meeting with President Joko Widodo on February 28.

Blair has been appointed to join the steering committee for the new capital city development project, alongside SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan.

What would make the new city special, Blair went on to say, was the fact it would be built by not only prioritising environmental considerations, but also the country’s economic growth and development.

“A place where people want to come, live and work”

“The President’s vision for this capital city is one in which the city itself is going to be attractive. It’s going to be a place where people want to come, live and to work, and also a capital city that is able to offer a whole new dimension to the Indonesian economy,” he said.

Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan after the meeting announced that the government would work with US engineering company AECOM, consulting firm McKinsey & Company and Japanese architectural and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei to design the new capital city, which is set to be located in East Kalimantan.

The government stated earlier that the project would cost around $34 billion, with only one-fifth of the funds to come from the state budget.

The UAE government is also prepared to invest in the project through its sovereign wealth fund, alongside SoftBank and the US International Development Finance Corporation.



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Tony Blair delivers a speech on Indonesia's new capital after a meeting with President Widodo on February 28 Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who is an advisor for the planning and development of Indonesia’s new capital city on Borneo island, said he was confident that the new city will be a “special place,” describing the relocation plan from Jakarta as an “outstanding vision for Indonesia,” as well as “an inspiration for the whole world.” “I think the project is enormously exciting. It’s going to be a project that doesn’t just mean creating a new capital city, but a capital...

Tony Blair delivers a speech on Indonesia’s new capital after a meeting with President Widodo on February 28

Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who is an advisor for the planning and development of Indonesia’s new capital city on Borneo island, said he was confident that the new city will be a “special place,” describing the relocation plan from Jakarta as an “outstanding vision for Indonesia,” as well as “an inspiration for the whole world.”

“I think the project is enormously exciting. It’s going to be a project that doesn’t just mean creating a new capital city, but a capital city that is going to be very special in the way that it’s developed,” Blair said after a meeting with President Joko Widodo on February 28.

Blair has been appointed to join the steering committee for the new capital city development project, alongside SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan.

What would make the new city special, Blair went on to say, was the fact it would be built by not only prioritising environmental considerations, but also the country’s economic growth and development.

“A place where people want to come, live and work”

“The President’s vision for this capital city is one in which the city itself is going to be attractive. It’s going to be a place where people want to come, live and to work, and also a capital city that is able to offer a whole new dimension to the Indonesian economy,” he said.

Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan after the meeting announced that the government would work with US engineering company AECOM, consulting firm McKinsey & Company and Japanese architectural and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei to design the new capital city, which is set to be located in East Kalimantan.

The government stated earlier that the project would cost around $34 billion, with only one-fifth of the funds to come from the state budget.

The UAE government is also prepared to invest in the project through its sovereign wealth fund, alongside SoftBank and the US International Development Finance Corporation.



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