President confirms relocation of Indonesian capital to Borneo

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Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo confirmed that the country’s capital will be moved from Jakarta to Borneo, whereby the exact location remain still undecided.

“The capital of our country will move to the island of Borneo. The location can be in Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan or South Kalimantan,” Widodo said on Facebook on August 8.

He added that all aspects of the capital’s relocation were being studied, including the experience of other countries in moving their administrative centers.

“In deciding on the relocation of the capital, my position is not as the head of the administration but the head of the country. We have to see the bigger picture for our people and country for the next 10, 50, 100 years,” he said.

Indonesian news portal Jakarta Globe said the move to Kalimantan will take place in 2024 at the earliest and the President will announce the location later this month.

“It will be decided soon after a presentation of the details [of the viability studies]. These are related to disaster risks, environmental capacity, economy, demography, sociopolitical conditions, security and all aspects that must be considered in detail, so the decision we take will be correct for our future vision,” Jokowi said in his opening remarks during a cabinet meeting, the report said.

National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro also said in the report that in addition to enough vacant land, other matters to be considered included forest fires and the availability of water.

Reports said that the project might require about 93 trillion rupiahs ($6.45 billion) from the state budget, but Bambang said the government expects the private sector to contribute to the development of the new capital.

All preparations, including the legal framework, are expected to be completed by next year, so construction could start by 2021 and the first phase of the capital relocation process start three years later, he said.

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Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo confirmed that the country's capital will be moved from Jakarta to Borneo, whereby the exact location remain still undecided. "The capital of our country will move to the island of Borneo. The location can be in Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan or South Kalimantan," Widodo said on Facebook on August 8. He added that all aspects of the capital’s relocation were being studied, including the experience of other countries in moving their administrative centers. “In deciding on the relocation of the capital, my position is not as the head of the administration but the head of the...

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Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo confirmed that the country’s capital will be moved from Jakarta to Borneo, whereby the exact location remain still undecided.

“The capital of our country will move to the island of Borneo. The location can be in Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan or South Kalimantan,” Widodo said on Facebook on August 8.

He added that all aspects of the capital’s relocation were being studied, including the experience of other countries in moving their administrative centers.

“In deciding on the relocation of the capital, my position is not as the head of the administration but the head of the country. We have to see the bigger picture for our people and country for the next 10, 50, 100 years,” he said.

Indonesian news portal Jakarta Globe said the move to Kalimantan will take place in 2024 at the earliest and the President will announce the location later this month.

“It will be decided soon after a presentation of the details [of the viability studies]. These are related to disaster risks, environmental capacity, economy, demography, sociopolitical conditions, security and all aspects that must be considered in detail, so the decision we take will be correct for our future vision,” Jokowi said in his opening remarks during a cabinet meeting, the report said.

National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro also said in the report that in addition to enough vacant land, other matters to be considered included forest fires and the availability of water.

Reports said that the project might require about 93 trillion rupiahs ($6.45 billion) from the state budget, but Bambang said the government expects the private sector to contribute to the development of the new capital.

All preparations, including the legal framework, are expected to be completed by next year, so construction could start by 2021 and the first phase of the capital relocation process start three years later, he said.

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