MAKASSAR, THE NUSANTARA POST – The National Working Meeting (Rakernas) of the Association of Indonesian Municipal Governments (Apeksi) XVI has produced several recommendations for the continuation of development, including supporting the continuation of the Indonesian Capital City (IKN) Nusantara project.
“We have three concentrations here at Rakernas, and one of them is that we don’t want the development to be halted in this political year. So this transition must continue,” said the Chairman of Apeksi, Bima Arya, during Rakernas at the Upper Hills Building on Tanjung Bunga Street, Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Thursday.
In addition, there are several recommendations proposed from the six regions of Apeksi. For example, Region V recommended the planning of the National Capital City (IKN) in Kalimantan Island.
Likewise, the recommendations in Region I were read by Mayor of Medan, Boby Nasution, covering topics such as smart cities, stunting, inflation, village funds, and the fate and continuity of honorary workers.
On this occasion, Bima Arya, along with Mayor of Makassar, Moh Ramdhan Pomanto, also presented the recommendations of Rakernas to three potential presidential candidates, namely Anies Baswedan, Prabowo Subianto, and Ganjar Pranowo, after each of them presented their respective ideas.
The first presentation was delivered by the Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo, regarding the future challenges of Indonesia. This was followed by former Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, and lastly, the Minister of Defense, Prabowo Subianto.
“We want to present ideas from all cities in Indonesia. We will send them to President Jokowi and relevant ministers, but we will also send them to the future leaders of this nation,” said Bima, as quoted by The Nusantara Post from Antara.
The Mayor of Bogor hopes that the presence of the three potential presidential candidates is considered capable of bringing a vision for urban development in the future. Moreover, in the future, the majority of Indonesia’s population will reside in urban areas.
“So, the vision for city development, human development, and this is what we want to hear from our figures,” he emphasized.
In the XVI Apeksi Rakernas, Balikpapan City was unanimously chosen as the host for the XVII Apeksi Rakernas in 2024. Balikpapan City was considered to have prepared itself to seize the momentum of 2024, including discussing the National Capital City (IKN) located in East Kalimantan.
“We affirm that Balikpapan City will be the host for the 2024 Apeksi Rakernas,” he added. (Ant/TNP)