"President of the Republic Indonesia has met with associations of professionals, particularly experts in architecture, planning, regional planning, and the environment, all of whom are experts in the engineering sector," Minister of National Development Planning/Head of the National Development Planning Agency Suharso Monoarfa told the press after the meeting, as quoted from the Cabinet Secretariat's website.
According to Suharso, the President carefully listened to the suggestions from the experts to be considered in developing the country’s new capital.
In fact, the President invited the experts to take part in the new capital’s authority when it has been established.
Suharso went on to say that the new capital will be a global city for everyone so it is normal if everyone has the same opportunity to participate to build it, including by giving ideas.
Therefore, the Government is open to suggestions.
For the record, seven associations joined the meeting, including the Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners, the Indonesian Institute of Urban Designers, the Indonesian Society of Landscape Architects, the Indonesian Institute of Architects, the Indonesian Environmental Experts Association, the Green Building Council Indonesia, and the Institution of Engineers Indonesia.
President Jokowi in August 2019 announced that the two regencies in East Kalimantan province, North Penajam Paser regency and part of Kutai Kertanegara regency, were to be the site of country’s new capital.