President says capital city relocation encourages mindset improvements

President says capital city relocation encourages mindset improvements

President Joko Widodo with 2019-2022 management members of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI) in Jakarta, Wednesday (15/1/2020). ANTARA/Akbar Gumay/ac.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The relocation of the capital city to Eastern Kalimantan aims to encourage improvements in the mindset of the Indonesian people, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said. The relocation does not merely revolve around the geographical sites or the moving of the palaces, President Widodo said at the inauguration of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI) event held in Jakarta, Wednesday.

What he had in mind was the transfer of mindset, transfer of work patterns, and transfer of work culture, he added.

He would first build a working system and a new lifestyle system, including a modern transportation system, he said.

He also dismissed the assumption that the movement of the capital city from Jakarta to North Penajam Paser District and part of the Kutai Kartanegara District, was a matter of moving the government building, rather, it was about the shifting of mindset and work systems.

One of the things due to be built is a mass transportation system that relies on autonomous vehicles and electric-powered vehicles, the former Jakarta Governor explained.

Aside from public transportation, Jokowi also hoped that private vehicles used in the new capital city would be autonomous and powered by electricity.

"We want to build this system, that way everything is efficient and everything is cheap," he said.

In the process of determining the country's new capital city in East Kalimantan Province, the government has paid attention to the geopolitical and geostrategic aspects, as well as the readiness of supporting and financing infrastructures.

The total land area that will be provided for the new capital region is 256 thousand hectares, with an estimated construction cost of Rp466 trillion.

The President has asked for support from all parties regarding the relocation plans of the capital city, aimed at transforming the economy and ensuring an equal development towards a better civilization. 
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