About the Speakers
Ms Tri Dewi Virgiyanti, Director, Housing and Settlements, Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Republic of Indonesia
Dr Hendricus Andy Simarmata, President, Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners
About the Webinar
During his parliamentary speech in 2019, President Joko Widodo announced the plan to move Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan. He named North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara in East Kalimantan as sites for the country’s next capital city. The current capital of Jakarta has been facing many environmental problems such as flooding, rising sea levels, and pollution. The establishment of this new urban area in Kalimantan was seen as an opportunity for the country to address inequality and relieve some of the environmental pressures on Jakarta. With an estimated US$ 33 billion to construct the new capital, the project will start the construction phase in 2021. By 2024, the government expects to start moving more than 1 million civil servants to the new capital.
This webinar will bring together a policymaker and an urban planning expert in Indonesia to discuss the strategic plans and planning process of the new capital. It will look on the extent to which planning is adaptive towards the climate crisis. The speakers will shed light on the area’s suitability as well as local government’s preparedness in dealing with this plan, especially amidst the ongoing global health crisis.