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$33b infrastructure project: New capital

  • Kyle Springer

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Perth   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  12:06 pm
$33b infrastructure project: New capital President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo walks through a Gunung Mas forest in Central Kalimantan. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay )

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is embarking on his biggest infrastructure project yet, with Aug. 26 marking the unveiling of his plan to build a brand-new national capital in East Kalimantan province. The estimated cost to relocate the capital is US$33 billion and officials say construction will start in 2020. Jokowi’s push to move the capital is bold and seals his reputation as Indonesia’s “infrastructure president”. Jakarta’s shortcomings as a capital are obvious: It has headline-grabbing problems with congestion, pollution, and land subsidence. Moving the capital alone will not solve any of these problems, as Jakarta continues to grow; and will remain Indonesia’s business center. The move is more about shifting economic activity and addressing “infrastructure gaps” by creating a new administrative hub outside of Java and S...

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