Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono explored potential cooperation with Finland for the development of a smart city in the Nusantara Capital City (IKN).

“To realize a smart forest city, we are developing a system that operates all infrastructures in IKN in one command center for integrated and optimized service. We hope Finland would help us develop this system,” the minister stated in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Minister Hadimuljono expressed hope that Finland would send its experts to monitor IKN’s construction process.

“Currently, we have curators and several other experts who monitor and evaluate all infrastructure construction processes in IKN. We hope Finland would also send at least one expert,” he remarked.

Minister Hadimuljono welcomed the visit of Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Wille Rydman and representatives from 19 Finnish companies at the ministerial office in Jakarta.

Hadimuljono stated that the meeting discussed potential cooperation with Finnish companies for the construction of IKN, especially for the utilization of renewable technology and energy, to realize IKN’s mission as a smart forest city.

Meanwhile, Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Wille Rydman stated that a total of 50 leading companies in Finland see huge potential in the construction of IKN and are interested in cooperating with Indonesia to develop a smart city in IKN.

“As one of the most digitalized countries, we are sure Finland has the needed expertise to construct a smart city (in IKN). Therefore, all members of Team Finland are fully committed and willing to cooperate with Indonesia in the construction of the IKN smart city,” Minister Rydman stated.

According to Presidential Regulation Number 63 of 2022 on the Details of the Master Plan for the National Capital Nusantara, IKN is constructed as a capital city with main characteristics, namely a smart, green, and sustainable city that manages its resources efficiently, disseminates information accurately and openly, and provides great service to its citizens.

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Translator: Aji Cakti, Yuni Arisandy
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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