Bank Indonesia ask government o set up new body for Smart City Program

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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)  – Bank Indonesia ask government to set up new body to manage the so-called ‘smart city’ development in the country, backed by nationwide broadband facilities, said senior government official. BI estimates that 75 percent of the Indonesian population will live in cities by 2035.

Recently, The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said initially the government will develop 15 smart districts and cities across the country as pilot projects that will be supported by a broadband service infrastructure.

The move is part of the President Joko Widodo government to create a digital economy in which all corners of this archipelago will be connected with broadband, boosting the growth of e-commerce and stimulating the economy in rural areas.

Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Agus Martowardojo added, that the government should include a smart city master plan in its development road map to boost competitiveness in urban areas and support regional economic growth.

“Indonesia has a lot of prospective smart cities such as Balikpapan, Bontang and Banjarmasin in Kalimantan. While in Sulawesi, there is Makassar and Manado,” Agus said.

In the National Mid-Term Development Plan for 2015-2019, the government has created a road map for the development of seven metropolises, five new metropolises, 10 new cities, 20 autonomous cities and 39 new growth centers.

The Jakarta administration has launched a smart city concept to address existing urban problems. The six smart city visions in Jakarta are: smart living, including waste management; power supplies; water supplies; flood protection; community safety; and smart mobility.

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama stressed, that smart city development in the capital aimed to provide a better standard of living for citizens and enable the government to improve its services. Hence, the Jakarta administration has also implemented smart governance, smart economy and smart people.

Previously, Rudiantara explained, the move of smart city development is supported by the Palapa Ring broadband program which is scheduled to be completed by January 2019. The broadband network will cover around 500 districts and cities across the nation, once the Palapa Ring project is completed.

The broadband network is expected to support the growth of the country’s rural areas as they can get instant access of commodity and agriculture product prices through smartphones. He said that several districts and cities will take part in the pilot program including – Brebes and Banyuwangi city on Java Island and Makassar on Sulawesi Island.

Rudiantara said the government is targeting to provide approximately 1 million domains and hosting to all types of business until 2019. He noted with the completion of Palapa Ring project, 4G phones can be accessed throughout the country and ultimately help boost the growth of e-commerce in the country.

Jakarta One Card

In related development, the Jakarta city provincial government cooperates with Bank Indonesia to issue Jakarta One card that will be used by the Jakarta residents to make any kind of electronic transactions such as bus ticket, replacing cash transactions.

The card, launched on Thursday, will be initially provided to residents who have received subsidized houses and flats from the government and will gradually be expanded to all Jakarta residents by 2019.

Other cities like Bandung has developed an Internet access service in city parks that has attracted more Bandung residents to visit the parks more often.

Agus said the Jakarta One card is a pilot project that could be replicated in other cities. The card has multiple features, used as debit card.

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Bank Indonesia ask government o set up new body for Smart City Program

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