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New capital city development requires 300,000 construction workers

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 26, 2020   /  03:08 pm
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An aerial view of Penajam district, North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan, where the new capital city will be built.(JP/Gede Dharma)

The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has foreseen a huge shortage in construction workers for the development of infrastructure, such as roads and office buildings, in the new capital in North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan . The agency's deputy of workforce and population, Pungky Sumadi, estimates that the development of the new capital will require at least 300,000 workers, while the number of registered construction workers in the province totaled 101,671 people. “We will prioritize locals for construction jobs,” he said during the seventh national dialogue on capital relocation at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, on Tuesday. The construction sector workforce is also growing at a sluggish rate in the province. Since 2015, it has recorded 16,099 additional construction workers, according to Bappenas. Pungky, however, to...