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Indonesia set to begin construction on new capital in Q2

Indonesia expects to begin construction in the second quarter on apartments worth $2.7 billion for thousands of civil servants due to move to its new capital city on Borneo island, Reuters said.

The country announced in 2019 a plan to move its capital city from Jakarta to a forested area in Indonesian Borneo, a project estimated to cost $32 billion. The new capital will be named Nusantara.

Authorities have already started building basic infrastructure in the area, with an aim to start relocating some government administration and civil servants in 2024.

Bambang Susantono, head of the Nusantara National Capital Authority, said his office was in negotiations with three private developers for the housing project: a consortium of China's CCFG Corp and a firm Risjadson Brunsfield Nusantara (CCFG-RBN), South Korean firm Korea Land and Housing Corp and local developer PT Summarecon Agung (SMRA.JK).

They will build 184 apartment towers for about 14,500 civil servants, military and police personnel under a public-private partnership, he said.

Nearly a dozen Malaysian companies have sent letters of interest for investment in the new city, while the United Arab Emirates has pledged to invest billions of dollars, Indonesian officials have said previously.

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