TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi announced that Indonesia had inked several agreements on bilateral ties with South Korea, including on the development or preparation of capital city relocation to East Kalimantan.
“Public Works and Housing Minister (Basuki Hadimuljono) also signed the deal with his South Korean counterparts. The agreement notes several fields of cooperation including urban development in the territorial perspective,” said Retno before journalists at Lotte Hotel, Busan, South Korea, Monday, November 25.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and South Korean President Moon Jae-in witnessed the signing of three agreements at the Westin Hotel of Busan on Monday. They are the negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership (CEPA), visa exemption for diplomatic and state official passport holders, as well as the technical cooperation on capital relocation and development.
Minister Retno reiterated that the agreement on capital relocation would be about urban planning and design, development in the field of public works and housing. “Including the construction engineering, technology, road and bridge management, clean water, water sources, dams, flood control, drainage system, waste management, etc.”
The partnership, she went on, would be in the form of current information, sharing experience, knowledge, and technology, the appointment of experts, capacity building, and technical cooperation agreed by both parties.
President Jokowi said he explained the government’s plan to move the capital city from Jakarta to East Kalimantan during the meeting with several CEOs of giant firms of South Korea. He said the new capital will be designed as a smart, green, save, and inclusive city.