Jakarta (ANTARA) - Construction of Indonesia’s new national capital city (IKN) is a breakthrough to realize the Indonesia Vision 2045, according to State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Chairman Budi Gunawan.

Indonesia required a major breakthrough and extraordinary creativity to be able to stay on the road map of Indonesia's vision 2045 and one of them was the major decision to start the development of IKN, General Gunawan said in a statement here on Friday.

The Vision of Indonesia 2045, proclaimed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in 2019, is an illustration of Indonesia's form at 100 years of independence. Indonesia, at that time, according to this vision, had become a sovereign, developed, just, and prosperous country. Among other things, it is marked by its success in being ranked as the fifth-largest economic power in the world.

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Indonesia will soon have a digital-based economic model as a growth driver. This encompasses adopting a sustainable economic direction that is nature-friendly and more geographically equitable.

Currently, Indonesia's economic structure is spatially dominated by 57.89 percent of the island of Java, although the potential for other regions is huge, he explained.

"This is an explanation why President Jokowi decided that IKN development must start as soon as possible," he remarked.

He noted that the new capital city, called Nusantara, was designed as a new growth area, with all criteria including smart, green, and sustainable. The government is keen to capitalize on the momentum of national development acceleration to realize Indonesia's vision 2045.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the projections for world economic growth. Hence, Indonesia must make a major breakthrough in order to remain the world's fifth-largest economic power in 2045, he said.

"One of them is through the development of the new capital city, called Nusantara," Gunawan stated.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, various world economic and financial institutions viewed Indonesia as an emerging power that would become the world's economic power in the next one to two decades.

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Translator: M Zulfikar, Azis Kurmala
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