Indonesia announces plan to move the capital from Jakarta

Indonesia’s minister of planning Bambang Brodjonegoro, said the process of moving the capital could take 10 years. — AFP pic

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While most government offices will be relocated, the central bank as well as financial and investment authorities will likely stay put, Brodjonegoro said.

Indonesia's president has chose to move the capital of the world's fourth most populous country away from the crowded main island of Java, but has yet to finalise a new location, the planning minister said on Monday.

During the meeting, the top executives hold discussions regarding alternatives to establishing a new governmental centre somewhere away from Jakarta and else on the South Asian archipelago.

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"It has even been approaching 100 trillion rupiah a year this year as the traffic congestion in Jakarta is getting worse", the minister said, adding that the low-lying capital is also prone to floods.

An Instagram user muhammad_ramdhani021 said he did not want the capital to be moved to a possible contender Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.

The new location is not yet known, however, the Widodo-led government aims to form a centre of government similar to Washington D.C.in a new city, leaving Jakarta as the business, trade and financial hub, similar to NY in the United States. Professor of Global Urban Politics at the University of Melbourne Michele Acuto said Jokowi's plan will most likely take around 10 years to be completed.

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"Creating a new capital is not creating a second Jakarta".

The idea to move the capital has been proposed since the era of President Sukarno, the nation's first president, but the plan has never materialized.

However, Bambang said neither of the two options would address the issue of overpopulation in Jakarta, which is home to 57 per cent of the roughly 260 million people of the current capital. "As a large nation, we should not merely think of short-term and narrow-scope interests but also broader interests for the benefit of the nation and state, as well as visionary interests in the face of global competition", he said.

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Throughout Widodo's recent presidential campaign, he promised Indonesia's economic development would be spread throughout the country.

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