Authority of New Capital City Partners with Brasília

Authority of New Capital City Partners with Brasília

Brasília, The Gulf Observer: In a bid to foster knowledge exchange and cooperation between new capital cities, the Authority of the New Capital City (OIKN) has entered into a partnership with the City of Brasília, Brazil.

Bambang Susantono, head of OIKN, emphasized the value of learning from Brasília’s experience in responding to the multifaceted challenges of establishing a new center of economic and political growth within a country. The partnership was formalized through a cooperation agreement signed between OIKN and the Government of the Federal District of Brasília on April 17.

The agreement signing, held in Brasília and attended by Indonesian Ambassador to Brazil Edi Yusup and Secretary General of International Relations for the City of Brasília, Paco Britto, was witnessed by OIKN head Bambang Susantono and Brasília Governor Ibaneis Rocha.

Governor Rocha shared insights on the development journey of Brasília, covering various aspects including city planning, infrastructure development, smart city initiatives, and environmental sustainability. Both parties expressed their commitment to closer cooperation in these areas, as well as in building resilient and inclusive communities, and climate mitigation efforts.

During their visit to Brasília, the OIKN delegation delved into the history and management challenges of the city, particularly focusing on settlement development and urban transportation. This visit coincided with the 64th anniversary of Brazil’s capital relocation to Brasília in April 1960.

Susantono underscored the wealth of knowledge garnered from Brasília’s six-decade development journey, emphasizing its relevance to the ongoing development of Indonesia’s new capital, IKN Nusantara. This collaboration aligns with the broader bilateral relations between Indonesia and Brazil, especially as Brazil hosts the G20 summit this year.

The partnership with Brasília marks the fifth knowledge exchange collaboration at the city level initiated by OIKN, following collaborations with Astana (Kazakhstan), Canberra (Australia), Singapore, and Shenzhen (China). These collaborations aim to facilitate the exchange of expertise in building new cities with green, smart, resilient, inclusive, and sustainable systems.

Indonesia’s new capital, IKN Nusantara, is envisioned as a smart, green, inclusive, and sustainable city, with a target of achieving zero emissions by 2045. The development plan includes allocating 25 percent of the built-up area for urban infrastructure, preserving 65 percent as tropical forests, and reserving 10 percent for agricultural land, ensuring a balance between development and environmental conservation.