We hope that Japanese entrepreneurs would be able to participate in investing in the construction of IKN
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) strengthened cooperation with Japan for development of the new capital city (IKN) Nusantara at a bilateral meeting as part of the Bali G20 Summit.

"Thank you to the Government of Japan, especially MLIT and JICA, who have helped us by sending several experts, especially to supervise the ongoing IKN infrastructure development," PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono noted in a statement received here, Friday.

The minister explained that the ministry had commenced the construction of basic infrastructure at IKN Nusantara in early September 2022, including the construction of toll roads and national roads, provision of raw water, houses for IKN construction workers, and preparation of ready-to-build land for development.

Speaking in connection with the possibility of investor participation, Hadimuljono emphasized that in accordance with President Joko Widodo's (Jokowi's) directives to accelerate development of the new capital city, foreign investors could be involved, for instance, to build hospitals, schools, markets, and other infrastructure.

"We hope that Japanese entrepreneurs would be able to participate in investing in the construction of IKN," he remarked.

Meanwhile, Japanese Deputy Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT), Mizushima, stated that Japan has high interest in the IKN Nusantara project.

Based on the MLIT minister's request, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) submitted a letter to Head of the IKN Infrastructure Development Implementation Task Force, Danis Sumadilaga, to conduct a survey at IKN by the end of this November.

"Through this survey, we want to actively exchange opinions with Indonesia regarding sustainable urban development in IKN," Mizushima stated.

Earlier, Minister Hadimuljono lauded South Korea's plan to participate in building a clean water system at IKN Nusantara.

He noted that the initial plan for construction would start in 2024, but the ministry aimed at accelerating the process of preparing detailed technical plans in an effort to start the installation in 2023.

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Editor: Sri Haryati
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