Indonesia Persuades Japan to Join Development of Smart City System for IKN Nusantara


TEMPO.CO, JakartaCoordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto has persuaded the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) to get involved in the development of a smart city in the new capital IKN Nusantara.

“We hope that JOIN can contribute to the development of a smart city system in our new capital in Kalimantan,” Airlangga said on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Airlangga hosted a visit from JOIN Board Member Takuma Hatano to the Coordinating Ministry office in Jakarta. JOIN is a Japanese government-sponsored infrastructure investment fund company. It operates seven projects in Indonesia with a total value of about 28.6 billion yen or equivalent to $62.3 million.

The development of the smart city will integrate information technology for hard and soft infrastructure, as the new capital is expected to become a world-class city.

In addition to building a smart city, Airlangga invited Japan to develop an environmentally friendly construction and transportation system.

Golkar Party Chairman affirmed that IKN Nusantara will be an ideal city and a model for the development and management of cities in the archipelago and the world. It will also be a symbol of national identity, a sustainable city in the world and a driving force for the Indonesian economy in the future.

“Sustainable energy resources and digital infrastructure are an integral part of modern urban development and smart cities,” Airlangga said.



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