Indonesia's leader pledges capital move

18 Août, 2019, 14:40 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Jakarta is one of the world's most densely populated cities

Indonesia's president on Friday appealed for support to move the country's capital from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta, in an annual national address to mark the 74th anniversary of independence.

'I hereby request your permission respected members of the parliament, and the entire people of Indonesia.to relocate the nation's capital to Kalimantan island (Borneo)' Widodo told the members of the Council, one of the two chambers of Parliament.

Widodo also assured the Council of Regional Representatives that the move will contribute to greater justice and economic equality.

The exact site for a new capital hasn't been announced. In addition, according to the government, only four percent of sewage Jakarta cleaned up, contaminating rivers and groundwater.

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Congestion is estimated to cost the economy $6.5bn a year.

Improving inadequate infrastructure in the Southeast Asia's largest economy has been Widodo's signature policy and helped him win a second term in April elections.

In May, he visited several of the possible candidates for the new capital, including Bukit Soeharto, located some 40 km from the provincial capital of East Kalimantan, Balikpapan. "We want it to be outside of Java as well".

Earlier, the Minister of national development of the country Bambang Brodjonegoro said that the Indonesian authorities plan to 2024 to begin the process of moving the capital.

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