Indonesian Development Planning Minister Suharto Monorfa told parliament that he had approved the election in the name of President Joko Widodo (Djokovic). Suharto revealed that about 80 nominations were selected, including Negara Jaya (“big”, “successful” or “rich” country) and Nusandra Jaya. Before making a decision, the Presidential Committee was to consult with historians and linguists.
During a meeting of the planning committee for the new capital, Minister Suharto said the chosen name was simple, well-described Indonesian archipelago and did not raise any controversy.
The cost of building the country’s future capital of more than 270 million is estimated at 466 trillion rupees (US $ 32 billion). Nusantara is set to turn Jakarta into an administrative hub for congested and confronting environmental problems. The city of about 11 million people is increasingly affected by floods, and in the future, the city will be threatened by rising sea levels.
In 2019, at the end of his term, President Djokovic announced the relocation of the country’s administrative center from Jakarta to the island of Borneo, located near the geographical center of the archipelago. The city, with a population of about 6-7 million, is to be built between Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan, and the nearby port city of Balikpapan.
Today, the entire province is home to less than 4 million people. The government portrays Nusantara as a machine for economic recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic. Its construction is expected to generate jobs and growth in some parts of Indonesia, far from Java, where economic activity is currently concentrated.
Critics of the project say, among other things, it poses a threat to the environment and wildfires, including the people of Borneo Orangutan. The formal earthquake of the first shovel was supposed to take place in 2020, but it was delayed due to the epidemic.
However, the government has not yet changed the official schedule, according to which Jakarta government offices will move to Borneo in several phases starting in 2024. The ideological and preparatory work of the new capital has been going on since at least 2020.
In early January, the famous Polynesian sculptor and designer of the government’s future headquarters to be built in Nusandra, Neoman Nuwarda announced on his Instagram profile that the government had endorsed his idea inspired by the legendary bird Garuda on the Indonesian coat of arms. Weapons.
Most of the funding for the Indonesian mega project is expected to come from international private investors.
Mohammed bin Saeed Al Nahyan, heir to the throne of Abu Dhabi, will lead the project’s steering committee. Officials also said that Korean-Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Sun and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be sitting there.