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Indonesia faces population explosion, official says

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 2 2009   /  01:34 pm

Imagine Indonesia with a population of 470 million, nearly half a billion by 2060. Or perhaps this would be easier to picture: Jakarta with 24 million people by then. Nice and cosy? That is what the country faces if the government - and also the citizens - fail to curb the annual rate of population growth, now reaching 1.3 percent. "Ideally the growth rate should be reduced to 1.14 percent," said Ida Bagus Permana, head of the center for research and development of the National Family Planning Coordination Agency (BKKBN), recently. If the 1.3 percent growth rate prevails, the population would jump from 235 million in 2010 to 470 millions by 2060 and 940 million by 2110, doubling every 50 years, said Permana. It is feared Indonesia could face a population explosion, says Permana. Over 200 years, the population of Indonesia has steadily grown from 18.3 million in 1...