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Friday, 14 July, 2017 | 07:48 WIB
Jokowi: Three Provinces Being Assessed to Become State Capital

TEMPO.CO, Balikpapan - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said an assessment of three provinces to determine which deserves to become the state capital of Indonesia is ongoing.

"Three provinces are included in the assessment process, but I do not want to mention them because they are still being studied by the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas)," President Jokowi remarked on Thursday, July 13. 

The discourse of relocating the Indonesian state capital of Jakarta could be an option for equitable development outside Java Island.

Read: Palangkaraya Not Ready Yet to Become Capital: Spokesman


As the world's most populous island, with more than 60 percent of Indonesia's population living there, Java has been the most developed of all islands across the country.

Although Java is the fourth-largest island in Indonesia, it accommodates more than half of the nation's population and dominates it politically and economically.

Although the president chose to not name the three provinces, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said  early this month that the provinces of Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan are being evaluated to become the new state capital.


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