President of Indonesia camping in the future capital

The President of Indonesia is camping in the forest in Nusantara, which will be the new capital of the country.

“Good morning, how does it feel to spend the night in Nusantara? The air is very cool, the sky is clear,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo today posted a photo of sitting in front of a white camping tent on Instagram.

The President of Indonesia camping in the forest in Nusantara.  Photo: AFP

The President of Indonesia camped in the forest in Nusantara on March 14. Photo: AFP

Mr. Widodo and the governors held a ceremony on March 14 at the site, bringing together soil and water from different regions of the country, which were mixed together, symbolizing the country’s unification.

Indonesia is preparing to move its capital from crowded Jakarta to Nusantara. The project has been warned by environmentalists that it could damage two regional ecosystems. The new capital is about 56,180 hectares, located in the eastern part of the island of Borneo. Softbank Group this week announced its withdrawal from the project without explanation.

Mr. Widodo announced plans to move the capital in 2019 citing rising sea levels and severe traffic congestion on the densely populated Java island. The relocation is expected to start in 2024, but the Indonesian president warned the project could take more than a decade to complete.

Indonesia is not the first Southeast Asian country to move its capital because of overdevelopment. Myanmar and Malaysia both moved their administrative centers to other places since the 2000s.

Hong Hanh (According to AFP)

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