Jokowi Envisions Nusantara Capital as Large-Scale Concert Hub and Digital Nomad Haven

Jokowi Envisions Nusantara Capital as Large-Scale Concert Hub and Digital Nomad Haven
Jokowi Envisions Nusantara Capital as Large-Scale Concert Hub and Digital Nomad Haven (photo: setpres)

President Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, recently shared his optimistic vision for the Nusantara Capital (IKN), aiming for it to evolve into a vibrant hub capable of hosting major concerts and attracting digital nomads from around the world.

During the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the headquarters of two state-owned banks on Thursday (29/2/2024), PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. or BNI and PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk., Jokowi emphasized the importance of developing IKN into a dynamic city.

He highlighted the significance of infrastructure projects such as toll roads and airports, which are poised to enhance accessibility to the region. These developments are expected to significantly reduce travel time from Jakarta and Balikpapan to IKN, making it more accessible to travelers.

“We hope that with the toll road facilities, airport facilities, traffic to IKN will become busier and we hope that Nusantara Capital will become a lively city, not just for government affairs, but in my imagination, when the facilities are complete, large concerts can be held in the Nusantara Capital,” he said, as quoted in a press release on Thursday (29/2/2024).

Furthermore, Jokowi envisioned IKN as not just a bureaucratic center but also a bustling city teeming with life. He envisions a future where large-scale concerts could be held in the Nusantara Capital, attracting both local and international audiences.

In addition to its role as a center for business and government affairs, Jokowi emphasized the potential of IKN to become a hub for ecotourism, smart city initiatives, and forest conservation efforts. These endeavors align with the government’s broader vision for sustainable development and environmental conservation.

Moreover, Jokowi expressed his hopes for the development of a thriving digital ecosystem in IKN, which could attract digital nomads seeking a unique living experience. He believes that the distinctiveness of IKN, coupled with its modern amenities and natural beauty, could make it an appealing destination for digital nomads from across the globe.

“If the digital ecosystem here is established, it will attract digital nomads to live in Nusantara because this city will be different from other cities in the world,” he said.

The event was attended by various government officials, including State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia, and Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan, among others. Their presence underscores the government’s commitment to the successful development of IKN as a key strategic initiative.

Also present were key figures such as Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, and Head of the IKN Authority Bambang Susantono. Their involvement highlights the multi-sectoral collaboration required to realize the vision for IKN.

Furthermore, the presence of influential figures such as Wiranto, Chairman of the President’s Advisory Council, and Mahendra Siregar, Chairman of the Financial Services Authority Board of Commissioners, underscores the significance of the IKN project at both the national and international levels.

Overall, President Jokowi’s remarks underscore the government’s unwavering commitment to the development of IKN as a dynamic and sustainable hub that will not only serve as a center for governance and commerce but also as a vibrant cultural and economic destination.