Why Jokowi's administration picked two regencies in East Kalimantan to host new capital

Why Jokowi's administration picked two regencies in East Kalimantan to host new capital

The Jakarta Post-News·2019-09-04 19:41

The names of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara regencies in East Kalimantan may not ring a bell for most Indonesians, let alone an international audience, compared to that of the major cities in the province, such as Balikpapan or Samarinda. However, they found instant fame when they made it into global headlines after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Aug. 26 that Indonesia would move its center of government from Jakarta to a 180,000-hectare area spanning the two regencies in the eastern part of Borneo.   The capital relocation is part of the Jokowi administration’s efforts to reduce inequality between Java — the country’s most populated island — and other regions, as well as to take some burden off Jakarta, which has been dragged down by, among other things, overpopulation, traffic congestion and air pollution. The go...

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