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Government to launch design contest for new capital city

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

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Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Mon, September 16, 2019   /  04:08 pm
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Construction continues on the Balikpapan-Samarinda toll road that will pass Samboja in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan. The Samboja toll gate will be one access point to Indonesia's new capital city.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The government is moving one step closer to realizing its plan to move the capital city from Jakarta to East Kalimantan with a design contest for the new city to be launched that will be open to experts from Indonesia and abroad. Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono told journalists on Friday that the design contest would be launched soon. "Within the next four years, progress should be made on the new capital city. Therefore, we will start with a design contest for the new capital,” Basuki said after officially opening the Indonesian Contractors Association (ICA) International Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has officially announced the government’s plan to relocate the country’s capital to North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regencies in East Kalimantan to ensure, among other things, econom...