Indonesia will shift country’s capital from Jakarta to Borneo: President Joko Widodo

Joko Widodo in July, 2019 mentioned that he wants to build a new capital, suggesting it should be outside Indonesia’s main island of Java.

Indonesia will shift country's capital from Jakarta to Borneo: President Joko Widodo

All aspects are being studied in depth so that the decision will be correct in our future vision: Indonesia President Joko Widodo | File photo from REUTERS

Indonesian President Joko Widodo confirmed on Thursday that the country’s capital would be moved to Borneo island.

“The capital of our country will move to the island of Borneo,” Joko Widodo wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Indonesia President Joko Widodo said that the location of the country’s capital can be in Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, or South Kalimantan.

“All aspects are being studied in depth so that the decision will be correct in our future vision — great vision of the nation and state for the next 10, 50, 100 years,” Joko Widodo added in the tweet.

Joko Widodo in July, 2019 mentioned that he wants to build a new capital, suggesting it should be outside Indonesia’s main island of Java, where 57 percent of the country’s nearly 270 million people are concentrated.

“We want to separate the capital, the centre of government and Jakarta as a business and economic center,” he said. “We don’t want all the money existing only in Java. We want it to be outside Java as well.”

Jakarta’s vulnerability to flooding and earthquakes is also a factor, Joko Widodo said.

“We need to make sure our capital is safe from disasters,” Joko Widodo added.

Jakarta has been described as one of the world’s fastest sinking cities – a result of geographic misfortune and mismanagement.

Jakarta sits on swampy ground, with 13 heavily polluted rivers running through it.

The main cause for the sinking is the over-extraction of groundwater. The weight of taller buildings being constructed in recent years further compresses the ground.