Press Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia During the Inspection of Infrastructure Development in the New Capital of Nusantara (IKN) at Sepaku Semoi Dam, North Penajam Paser Regency, East Kalimantan Province, October 25, 2022

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 25 Oktober 2022
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Today, I visited the IKN (New Capital of Nusantara) with Minister of Public Works and Public Housing as well as Head of the IKN Authority by sea. I see that the distance is closer by sea and will be used later for logistics transportation to Nusantara, which is currently running.

Apart from that, I earlier saw the dam for raw water at the IKN, as well as buildings for workers, and land development for ministries’ buildings, for the vice president’s building and for the president’s building are currently in the preparation process. The construction of road infrastructure has also started, especially the toll road from the IKN to Balikpapan. I think this is a good progress.

Reporter

How about overall progress so far, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Later we can see (the development) in January, not only the government buildings, but also buildings for private sectors, investors, as well as PPP (public private partnership). Nusantara will truly become the center of new economy and we hope it will continue to move [forward].

Reporter

Regarding the sea route, after using it for logistics, is there a plan to use it for public transportation?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

We will first use the port for logistics and later this will also be developed for passengers.

Reporter

Lastly, sir, how about the plan of [independence day] ceremony on August 17, 2024?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

If the progress continues, we surely can make it happen.

Reporter

Are you optimistic, sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Yes, have to be optimistic.

 

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