- Title: Indonesian president unveils site of new capital on Borneo island
- Date: 26th August 2019
- Summary: JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AUGUST 26, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** INDONESIAN PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO AND VICE PRESIDENT JUSUF KALLA WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE / WIDODO AND KALLA SITTING DOWN WIDODO AND CABINET MINISTERS SEATED FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN PRESIDENT, JOKO WIDODO, SAYING: "The government has been conducting studies and we intensified the study in the past three years. The results of the study conclude that the ideal location for the new capital is, part of it in North Penajam Paser and part of it in Kutai Kartanegara in East Kalimantan province." WIDODO AND KALLA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIAN PRESIDENT, JOKO WIDODO, SAYING: "The place has minimum risk of natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, tsunami, forest fire, volcanoes and landslides. Secondly, the location is strategic as it's located in the centre of Indonesia. And thirdly, it's close to other developed cities." WIDODO LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA FILMING INDONESIAN NATIONAL EMBLEM EXTERIOR OF INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
- Embargoed: 9th September 2019 10:08
- Keywords: Indonesia Joko Widodo capital. Borneo Jakarta Kalimantan
- Location: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- City: JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Lawmaking,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ATUS6YV
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- Story Text:Indonesia plans to move its capital to Borneo island from Jakarta, a crowded, polluted city on the north coast of Java island which is slowly sinking, the president said on Monday (August 26).
The new capital, which does not yet have a name, would be located in Borneo's East Kalimantan province, near the existing Samarinda city and the port city of Balikpapan which have less risk of natural disasters.
The president had earlier this month proposed to parliament to move the country's administrative centre to Kalimantan, the Indonesian side of Borneo island, a region known for rainforests, coal mines, orangutans and home to just over 16 million people.
Jakarta is one of the world's most densely populated cities, home to more than 10 million people and three times that number when counting those who live in surrounding towns. The city is prone to floods and is sinking due to subsidence, caused by millions of residents using up groundwater.
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