Jakarta (ANTARA) - Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono highlighted that Indonesia's new capital city (IKN) Nusantara has attracted the interest of G20 member countries during the G20 Summit.

"In the G20 Summit forum that has just been held in Bali, IKN is one of the topics that attracted the interest of the G20 countries," he stated during an online discussion themed "The Importance of Disaster Mitigation in IKN Planning," monitored on Saturday.

G20 is an international forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union that work together to handle major issues. Indonesia is holding the presidency of the grouping this year. The G20 Summit was held in Bali on November 15-16, 2022.

G20 member countries that showed interest in IKN are Japan, and South Korea. Besides them, the United Arab Emirates also showed its interest.

"Even in the High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) Special Event forum in Bali as part of the G20 Summit, IKN was a special topic that was discussed and attended by participants to understand and provide inputs on water and disasters based on their own experiences," Hadimuljono further noted.

At the HELP forum, a follow-up workshop was proposed on account of the fact that sustainable water management in the new capital was not yet discussed in detail.

"Several universities proposed to discuss in further detail about sustainable water management in IKN," he remarked.

The PUPR Ministry is optimistic that the follow-up workshop related to sustainable water management in IKN would be held in early 2023.

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

The minister remarked that for the initial plan, the construction would start in 2024, but his ministry hopes to accelerate the process of preparing detailed technical plans, so that the installation can be built starting in 2023.

Hadimuljono is upbeat about the South Korean government actively participating in supporting the preparation up to the implementation of the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) scheduled on May 18-24, 2024, in Bali.

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Translator: Aji Cakti, Raka Adji
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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