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Jakarta Post

Work piles up for when Jakarta lets go of capital status

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 19, 2020   /  11:59 am
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Visitors enjoy one of Jakarta's landmark the National Monument (Monas) on Dec.28, 2019. As efforts to move the capital city to East Kalimantan intensify, the Jakarta administration has a lot of work to do if it expects to remain an economic center.(JP/Dionnasius Aditya )

As efforts to realize the plan to move the capital city to East Kalimantan intensify with the formation of a steering committee, which includes world-renowned leaders, questions linger about what becomes of Jakarta after it loses the status of capital. The congestion-riddled, flood-prone city is expected to remain a business and economic center on a national, regional and global scale, a role it already plays given that it is the largest contributor to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) among all regions. In response to the plan, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the authorities needed to prepare suitable rules and regulations first. Jakarta deputy governor for civil registry and settlements, Suharti, who was also acting head of the city development planning board, said the city administration and relevant ministries were drafting a new bill for Jakarta to replace...