Tarakan, North Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has called for the development of the Sharia economy and finance sector in East Kalimantan, which will be the location of the new capital city (IKN) Nusantara.

During the inauguration of the East Kalimantan Regional Committee for Islamic Economy and Finance (KDEKS) in Samarinda on Friday, Amin stated that the province had officially been selected as the new capital's location, believed to make it a new magnet for economic growth.

"This step will encourage the flow of trade, boost investment in regions, and reduce disparities between regions," he affirmed.

Additionally, there is a multiplier effect from relocating Indonesia's capital city from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, resulting in more equally distributed development across the country, as well as inclusive, equitable, and sustainable economic growth, in line with the Indonesia 2045 vision, he said.

He noted that IKN's development goals align with the concept of the Sharia economy and finance, which is inclusive, universal, and upholds the principles of justice, balance, and togetherness.

To this end, Amin, who serves as the executive chair of the National Committee for Islamic Economy and Finance (KNEKS), pressed for encouraging the development of the Sharia economy and finance in East Kalimantan.

He said that the vast local potential and the high level of enthusiasm of the regional government are positive energy for creating a new source of growth and strengthening regional economic resilience.

Moreover, he assessed that the natural resources in East Kalimantan should be managed sustainably and inclusively for the progress and welfare of the community.

He also noted that the East Kalimantan Provincial Government has actively encouraged Sharia-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to enter the global market. Training and assistance have been systematically carried out, including bolstering digitalization and facilitating halal certification.

East Kalimantan successfully hosted the 2023 Sharia Economy Festival for Eastern Indonesia on May 25-28, one of the prestigious annual Sharia economic events in Indonesia.

On that occasion, he expressed gratitude and appreciation for the synergy between the East Kalimantan Provincial Government, KNEKS, and all relevant parties.

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Translator: Rangga Pandu, Raka Adji
Editor: Anton Santoso
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