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RI, S Korea share similar reasons over relocation of capital: Envoy

RI, S Korea share similar reasons over relocation of capital: Envoy

South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia, Kim Chang-beom, during an exclusive interview at the Antara Newsroom in Jakarta on Thursday (August 29, 2019). (ANTARA/Azizah Fitriyanti)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia, Kim Chang-beom, stated that Indonesia and South Korea share similar reasons over relocating the capital city, which is aimed at seeking a more balanced development in the country.

“I think the primary and foremost reason behind the decision made by President Jokowi on the relocation of the capital city is for more balanced development in Indonesia, partly due to the overgrowth and immense population in Jakarta,” Kim told Antara during an exclusive interview in the Antara newsroom here on Thursday.

“In Korea, we had a similar policy on how to ensure the development of the country takes place in a more balanced manner,” he added.

Kim noted that South Korea has relocated the country’s numerous ministries and agencies to Sejong, the administrative hub and the only special autonomous city, located between South Chungcheong and North Chungcheong provinces.

Furthermore, Kim said that South Korea has taken the initiative to move some of the state-owned enterprises and public facilities to small and medium-sized cities, which Koreans referred to as “innovation cities”, to narrow the development gap between different regions in the country.

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Regarding the impact of the relocation of the capital city in Indonesia, Ambassador Kim said that it is still unclear, but the policy could be a “bonanza” for the people in Kalimantan.

"For the impact (in the region), we will have to see,” stated Kim, adding, “If the entire design is planned well, the new capital in Kalimantan could really be a nicer, smarter and greener city.”.

“Also, for us, if the capital is moved to Kalimantan, then the distance from Seoul to the new capital will be much closer,” Kim added.

0n August 26, 2019, the central government had declared that parts of the districts of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara in East Kalimantan would be the location for the country’s new capital that is expected to be inaugurated in 2024.

The plan has triggered reactions from the public, in general, and environmental organizations, in particular, as Kalimantan is home to extensive forest areas.
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