Indonesia's President Joko Widodo seen Aug. 26, 2019. of Education extends student loan payment freeze, Who leads federal agencies until Senate confirms Biden's nominees, Climate activists expect a lot from Biden and aren't afraid to say so, Joe Biden's "Day One" actions and his promises for his first 100 days. After reviewing studies over the last three years, Widodo said the new capital city will move to the province of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. The new capital, which has yet to be named, would be in eastern Borneo, hundreds of miles northeast of Jakarta across the Java Sea. August 27, 2019 / 5:13 PM Most of the island is Indonesian, but it's also home to Brunei, and a chunk of its northern section is part of Malaysia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo says his country will create a new capital city on the island of Borneo, revealing new details about his plan to move the central government out of Jakarta. With a fear of losing Jakarta by 2050, Japan's SoftBank recently announced they would invest up to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital. Past examples also include Brazil's creation of BrasÃlia and Australia's construction of Canberra. He's seen on Monday with Vice President Jusuf Kalla (right) and Minister of Agriculture and Land Planning Sofyan Djalil. Under the weight of pollution and rising sea levels, Indonesia’s government has decided to simply pack up and move elsewhere. / CBS News. Widodo's announcement Monday comes months after he said he wanted to move the capital, seeking a place that can offer a break from Jakarta's environmental challenges as well as its relentlessly gridlocked traffic. "Jakarta's problems are largely man-made," NPR's Merrit Kennedy reported earlier this year. The Indonesian capital, Jakarta, is a teeming megacity plagued by traffic and air pollution. Invalid Date, INDONESIA is abandoning its capital city of Jakarta and instead building a new one on the island of Borneo, a province of East Kalimantan. Seeking to bolster support for his plan, the president said via Twitter that as the hub of government and trade, Jakarta currently bears a burden that is too heavy. The capital's current location faces a number of problems, including the fact that it's sinking. © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. The city is also home to the regional ASEAN Secretariat. President Joko Widodo has confirmed Indonesia will build a new national capital in East Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo. Debris from a missing Indonesian jetliner with at least 62 people including 10 children on board may have been found north from Indonesia's capital Jakarta. Jakarta is soon to become an ex-capital city. By contrast, Borneo's status is far from the regional travel and business hub that defines Jakarta. Widodo added the new, unnamed city was at "minimal" risk of natural disasters — as opposed to the likes of Java, Sulawesi, Bali and Lombok, which have been hampered by tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in the last two years. With Jakarta's situation predicted to grow increasingly dire, Widodo announced his new-capital initiative shortly after winning reelection in April. He explained Jakarta, a modern city with more than 10 million people, is dealing with various issues, including overcrowding, pollution and traffic congestion. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) says the new capital city will be in East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo. And more than 50 years ago, Pakistan moved its capital from Karachi to Islamabad. “Jakarta is a capital city that is literally sinking. But that rhetoric is both more literal and more complicated in Jakarta, which is seen as " the fastest-sinking city in the world, with almost half of its area below sea level," Kennedy reported. (CNN) — A jungle-covered area on the east of Borneo island is set to be transformed into Indonesia's new capital city. Egypt is building a new capital that will sit in the desert between the Nile and the Suez Canal. He's seen on Monday with Vice President Jusuf Kalla (right) and Minister of Agriculture and Land Planning Sofyan Djalil. The main contender? Indonesia isn't the only country looking to move its capital. Missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh, says Saudi TV, Climate change will cause shift in tropical rain belt, study says, Over 3,400 arrested at protests demanding release of Putin foe, U.K. officials say COVID variant appears more deadly than original, Twitter bans account linked to Iran's leader after Trump threat, California Privacy/Information We Collect. While rising seawater levels from climate change are a widespread concern for island and coastal areas worldwide, experts say Jakarta has played a central role in its own predicament. They, along with 1.5 million government workers, will soon be headed for the island of Borneo. Located on the island of Java, Jakarta was formerly Batavia, the capital during the Dutch colonial period. After reviewing studies over the last three years, Widodo said the new capital city will move to the province of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. The relocation is set to start from 2024. A remote stretch of forest on Borneo. Plagued by blackouts, earthquakes, sinkholes and traffic jams, Indonesia needs to find a new capital before Jakarta sinks into the sea. Parts of it are sinking as much as 10 inches a year and almost half of it sits below sea level, according to the BBC. With the threat of rising sea levels and flooding, researchers say the city could be completely submerged by 2050. In recent years, South Korea has been shifting administrative offices to Sejong â some 75 miles southeast of Seoul â after an initial plan to officially relocate the capital hit legal obstacles. Gagah Adhaputra /AFP/Getty Images It's common for politicians to take office with promises to clean things up in the capital â to "drain the swamp." The new capital, which has yet to be named, would be in eastern Borneo, hundreds of miles northeast of Jakarta across the Java Sea. Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo has announced the national capital will move from Jakarta, on the island of Java, to the province of East Kalimantan, on Borneo. First published on August 27, 2019 / 5:13 PM. Indonesian capital Jakarta to move to Borneo, Joko Widodo confirms JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia's president says the country's capital will move from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to a site in sparsely populated East Kalimantan province on Borneo … And Widodo says it's the weight of Jakarta's combined status that makes it vital to move the capital. There were 56 … JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president says the country’s capital will move from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to a site in sparsely populated East Kalimantan province on Borneo island, known for rainforests and orangutans. Widodo's announcement has met with a broad range of reactions, from concerns about the environmental impact on Borneo to support â and suggestions that the president should focus more on Indonesia's economy and its energy and health needs rather than on building a new capital. Biden administration says no. Penajam Paser Utara dan sebagian di Kab. Jakarta, Jan 24 : Indonesia remains committed to developing a new capital city in East Kalimantan province, which will start after the national Covid-19 vaccination program scheduled for completion in March 2022, according to a … Indonesia is planning to move its administrative headquarters from its richest island of Java to the forest island of Borneo. 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Kalimantan [the Indonesian portion of Borneo] is the lungs of the world, and I am worried we will lose the forest we have left.". The province is also dealing with a surge in fire hot spots, which can be attributed to farmers clearing out land for palm and pulp plantations. Jakarta, which sits on the island Java, is also the world's fastest sinking city in the world. hide caption. Widodo says the current project is the result of three years' worth of intense study. The Southeast Asian nation's president Joko Widodo made it official in a televised speech Monday, BBC News reports. As it looked for a new capital, Indonesia's state planning and development agency, called Bappenas, chose the Kalimantan site because it fit all the government's criteria, "including being relatively free from earthquakes and volcanoes," The Jakarta Post reports. Jakarta, Indonesia —(Map) On Monday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced plans for moving the country’s capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo. A detailed plan has not yet been announced about what the change could mean for Indonesia's international partners â specifically, whether they will need to build new embassies or whether a diplomatic center might remain in Jakarta. Indonesia is moving its capital to Borneo island from Jakarta, a traffic-clogged megalopolis that is one of the world’s fastest sinking cities. INDONESIA has decided to build its new capital city on Borneo island. Indonesia is the world’s largest country formed by a group of islands. Indonesia plans to move its capital city from Jakarta, according to the country’s planning minister. Kutai Kartanegara. Of the 62 individuals on board the aircraft, 56 were passengers and six were crew members. Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for CBS News, focusing on sports and stories that involve issues of race and culture. The current capital of Indonesia is Jakarta according to the Act Number 10 of 1964 (Undang-Undang Nomor 10 Tahun 1964). Kalimantan is one of the few places on Earth where endangered orangutans live in their natural habitat. By building a new presence in Borneo's East Kalimantan province, Indonesia would be putting its capital closer to several neighbors. "The burden Jakarta is holding right now is too heavy as the center of governance, business, finance, trade and services.". The project will cost approximately $33 billion and construction would begin as early as 2021. Indonesia will relocate its capital after concerns that its current one, Jakarta, is carrying too much of a "burden." The airline said that Flight SJ182 was on an estimated 90-minute flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of the West Kalimantan province on Indonesia's Borneo island. "But all the land and forest that's empty space now will be used. Indonesia has announced plans to build a new capital city as its current capital, Jakarta, struggles with pollution, traffic gridlock — and the fact that the city is sinking. The expected move is already raising environmental concerns. A statement released by the airline said the plane was on an estimated 90-minute flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on Indonesia's Borneo island. Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. Will Biden ease the sky-high tension between the U.S. and China? If it all goes according to plan, Indonesia will carry out an idea that was first discussed decades ago, but one that has never gained enough traction. "The location is very strategic — it's in the center of Indonesia and close to urban areas," he said. While the selected area is close to the cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda, the region is mostly known for its beaches and dense rainforests. Some states want to buy their own vaccines. Indonesia Plans To Move Its Capital Out Of Jakarta, A City That's Sinking. The move is meant to solve several big problems, but it will be very expensive. Pada siang yang berbahagia ini, saya menyampaikan bahwa pemerintah telah melakukan kajian mendalam, terutama tiga tahun terakhir.Hasilnya, lokasi ibu kota baru paling ideal adalah di Kalimantan Timur, sebagian di Kab. Dept. The plan to move the capital to the island of Borneo is estimated to cost about $33 billion. President Joko Widodo announced plans on August 26 2019, as concerns of pollution and overcrowding surround current capital Jak… And while some on Borneo welcomed the idea that its infrastructure could get a boost, the idea of a central government moving in next door also raised concerns. Borneo's lush jungles also form large national parks that are vital habitats for orangutans. "The area's large population has extracted so much groundwater that it has impacted the ground levels, and many surface water resources are polluted.". Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) says the new capital city will be in East Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.