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Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta needs new governance structure once capital moved, experts say

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 5, 2019   /  04:38 pm
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The National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta stands out amid thick smog on Tuesday, Sept. 3.(JP/Rafaela Chandra)

Following the announcement of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to relocate the country’s capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan by 2024, many have wondered what will happen to Jakarta without its special status. While officials claim there has yet to be an in-depth discussion on the future of Jakarta, experts have offered suggestions for the ideal governance structure for the city of 10 million inhabitants that continues to be marred by traffic congestion, air pollution and waste management issues.  Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the fate of Jakarta’s special autonomy lay in the hands of the central government. “We don’t know yet what the term for Jakarta will be, but the discussion on special autonomy is ongoing,” he told reporters recently.  Jakarta has enjoyed special autonomy status as the special ...