Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) has emphasized that the development of the new capital city, Nusantara, is crucial for achieving equitable economic growth, a key element of the Golden Indonesia 2045 Vision.

"Our aim is to create a place that can serve as an economic generator that will pave the way for an equitable economy in order to achieve the vision of Golden Indonesia 2045," OIKN Head Bambang Susantono said in Jakarta on Monday (March 18).

He emphasized that equitable economic growth constitutes a prerequisite for Indonesia to become a developed country in 2045.

"The IKN serves as one of the tools for driving more equitable development in the future," he said.

According to the IKN Master Plan found in Law No. 3 of 2022, the designation of East Kalimantan Province's districts of Kutai Kartanegara and North Penajam Paser was based on a technical feasibility study conducted during the 2018–2019 period.

The study drove the government to choose East Kalimantan as Nusantara's development site based on several geographical considerations.

First, the province is deemed a highly strategic location since it is situated at the center of Indonesia, facing the Makassar Strait, which serves as the main national and regional shipping route.

Second, the development site has a relatively complete set of public infrastructure, such as an airport, port, and toll road, as well as networks of energy and drinking water.

Third, the location borders two growing cities, namely Balikpapan and Samarinda. The fourth and fifth considerations are related to the fact that the government possesses an adequate area of land at a location that is not prone to natural disasters.

By developing the new capital on Kalimantan Island, the government is aiming to provide opportunities to regions outside Java to develop and make contributions to the actualization of equitable development.

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Translator: Aji C, Tegar Nurfitra
Editor: Anton Santoso
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