Jakarta: National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegore has said that the Government is eager to learn from capital relocation projects conducted by other emerging markets.
"We can learn from other countries that has similar socio-economic conditions. Brazil and Indonesia are G20 members. Both of them are also emerging markets. The two countries are projected to become future economic powers," the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head told a public discussion here on Wednesday.
"Brazil's capital relocation project was also intended to reduce inequality. It is similar with our goal. We want to reduce economic discrepancies between Java and Non-Java provinces. Of course it will not produce an istant result," he explained.
Replacing Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia was inaugurated as Brazil's new national capital in 1960. Initiated by then Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek. the city was constructed in around four years.
The project is expected to help populat the interior region of the South American country. The city is located at atop the Brazilian highlands in the country's center-western region.
In April, President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo decided to push ahead with his plan to move the capital from Jakarta and to build a new center of government outside Java, citing the need to ensure more equitable development and address overpopulation in Java.
Not long afterwards, leaders of Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and West Sulawei conveyed the readiness of their respective regions to offer a location for Indonesian new capital.
The relocation of Indonesia’s capital itself has actually been discussed since the era of President Sukarno, who had proposed Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan as the new capital city.