Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ADB pledges support for new Indonesia capital city

ADB pledges support for new Indonesia capital city

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo (left), greets the head of the new capital authority Bambang Susantono (second left) at the State Palace, Jakarta on March 10. INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL SECRETARIAT PRESS BUREAU

ADB pledges support for new Indonesia capital city

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on March 18 said it would help Indonesia develop the new capital city project in East Kalimantan, following the appointment of a former ADB vice-president as an overseer of the project.

The help will comprise designing the city, assessing potential environmental and social impacts and mobilising financing from the public and private sector to support the development, said the lender in a statement.

“ADB looks forward to helping plan for the historic relocation of Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta to Nusantara,” said ADB vice-president for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ahmed M Saeed.

The ADB announcement came just a week after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated Bambang Susantono and Dhony Rahajoe as the head and deputy head, respectively, of the new capital city authority, called the Nusantara National Capital Authority (NNCA).

Bambang was formerly ADB vice-president for knowledge management and sustainable development. He stepped into that position in 2015.

The city is envisioned by Jokowi as a green and sustainable city, incorporating renewables as its source of energy and using electric vehicles. The concept aims to reflect its surroundings, which are mostly the rainforests of Kalimantan.

ADB’s Saeed said the first step was to organise an international conference to learn how other countries have handled the development of carbon-neutral and inclusive cities.

“Developing a brand-new city provides a unique opportunity to incorporate the latest thinking on what makes a city pleasant and efficient to live, work and play in. ADB will share international lessons learned to help the NNCA design and fund construction of the new capital.” he said.

In response, NNCA head Bambang thanked his former office’s offer to support the development of the new capital.

“There is substantial experience in creating carbon-neutral and inclusive cities elsewhere, and we are keen to work with ADB to understand these experiences and incorporate lessons learned,” Bambang said in a statement.

The NNCA has a role in planning and constructing the new capital, overseeing the government’s transition to Nusantara and eventually becoming the city’s administrator, according to Law No 3/2022 on the new capital city, which was passed by the House of Representatives in January.

The NNCA is also in charge of coordinating and consolidating all ministries and agencies in the government to ensure development runs smoothly.

THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Angkor photo rules clarified

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) denied that it had banned the use of camera tripods in the Angkor Archaeological Park, explaining that the confusion stemmed from a long-standing rule which required commercial photographers and videographers to apply for permission to film. The explanation followed a

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “