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World-renowned firms to draw Indonesia’s new capital master plan

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, February 29, 2020   /  08:43 am
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Lush city: An aerial view of Sepaku district in North Penajam Paser, East Kalimantan, on Aug. 28.(Reuters via Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The government will bring in three international consulting firms to help develop the city master plan for the country’s new capital in East Kalimantan, which has been envisioned to become "a smart metropolis" that matches US' Silicon Valley. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Friday that American engineering company AECOM, management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and Japanese architectural and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei would design the city. The development of the new capital will make use of the latest technology and be environmentally friendly. McKinsey has been hired to assist the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) while Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, which has pledged to invest in the project, will work with Nikken Sekkei. “[The consulting firms] have experienc...