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Indonesian President Joko Widodo Proposed to Move All Central Civil Servants to New Capital City in 2024

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that all central government's civil servants will be moved to the new capital in East Kalimatan in 2024.

Jokowi also stated that he wanted the transfer to be accompanied by genuine desire from the employees. He had ordered the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (MenPAN) to survey central civil servants' willingness to move.

"Move everyone directly, but I have ordered the MenPAN to survey first, about who wants to move and who does not want to move, how many percent. We have to know," Jokowi said at the Merdeka Palace, Friday (1/17/2020) as reported by CNN Indonesia.

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North Penajam Paser Regency, the approximate of where the new capital will be built. Source: Google Maps

In separate report by CNN Indonesia (1/18/2020), the Minister of Administrative Reform and Bureaucracy Reform, Tjahjo Kumolo ensured that the transfer of the state's civil apparatus to the new capital would be carried out in one go and not in stages.

The ministry is currently conducting data collection related to the number of civil servants in the ministries and institutions within the central government. The data collection is related to the number of employees who will retire in 2023-2024.

Tjahjo also explained, if there was a shortage of human resources, it is not impossible that his party would appoint regional level state civil apparatus to work in the central government. However, he also stated that it will still be discussed with the East Kalimantan government.

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Two Scenarios


Based on a document of the Ministry of Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform, quoted from CNBC Indonesia on Sunday (1/19/2020), there are two scenarios for the transfer of civil servants to the new capital

The first scenario is to move all civil servants without considering the age group. Based on this scenario, a total of 182,462 civil servants will be transferred.

The second scenario is to move only part of the central civil servants. It meanst that only civil servants in the age group up to 45 years old will be transferred, with a total of 118,513 civil servants.

The estimated budget requirement for the first scenario is Rp. 2.91 trillion, while the second scenario requires Rp. 1.89 trillion.


Indonesia New Capital Design: Nagara Rimba Nusantara


Previously on December 23, 2019, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing of Republic of Indonesia had announced the winner of the new state capital design competition. There were 755 participants who took part in the design competition

The jury decided the design called "Nagara Rimba Nusantara" as the first winner of the contest. This design was created by Urban +, a company founded by Sofian Sibarani and has the right to receive an award of Rp 2 billion.

According to CNBC Indonesia in December 25, 2019, the design was choosen because it has the monumentality as the nation's capital, environmental sustainability, green, respecting water and forests, having a good urban system which is livable and walk-able, smart and intelligent city.

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