Finland Invited to Participate Building IKN Nusantara

The Nusantara Capital City Authority (OIKN) has invited Finland to participate in building the new Nusantara National Capital (IKN Nusantara) in East Kalimantan, according to reporting from Antara News.

Bambang Susantono, Head of OIKN, said in a statement that the new capital city is being developed to focus on the happiness and well-being of its people, and because Finland is recognised as the happiest country in the world, OIKN welcomes collaboration.

OIKN and Business Finland held a virtual business forum related to the development of Nusantara (IKN) as a smart city. The forum was attended by companies, municipalities, and the representatives of Finnish ministries, online, say Antara News.

Susantono welcomed the collaboration in building Nusantara as a smart sustainable forest city, a new paradigm in development. Meanwhile, OIKN Deputy for Green and Digital Transformation Ali Berawi stated that Nusantara’s vision is to become a sustainable smart city as well as an elaboration between Nusantara’s development goals and its people’s happiness index.

“The vision for the Nusantara Capital City is to be the happiest city by utilizing technological advancements,” Berawi remarked.

Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland Petri Peltonen said his side is committed to working together to serve as a bridge between Finland and Nusantara, report Antara News.

His ministry wants to connect Finnish companies with opportunities to participate in the opening of a new world-class capital city project, Peltonen remarked.

Antara News say that the forum continued with Intergovernmental discussions (G2G) between OIKN, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, the Indonesian Ambassador to Finland, and the Finnish Ambassador to Indonesia.

The forum was attended by representatives from the City of Tampere, City of Espoo, Smart City Innovation Clusters, along with representatives from companies, including Nokia, Wärtsilä, Kone, Helvar, and Sitowise.

Nusantara is the future capital of the State of Indonesia that is determined and regulated by Law Number 3 of 2022 and is located on the east coast of the island of Kalimantan. It is almost four times the size of Jakarta, report Antara News.

Nusantara will change the orientation of development to become Indonesia-centric and will have a function to accelerate the country’s economic transformation. 

Source: Antara News

Photo by Joakim Honkasalo on Unsplash

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