Help Build the Nusantara Capital, United States Donates Rp 32 Billion

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Director of USTDA Enoh T. Ebong together with the Head of the Nusantara Capital Authority, Bambang Susantono.

JAKARTA, THE NUSANTARA POST – The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has provided a grant of US$ 2 million, equivalent to Rp 32 billion (at an exchange rate of Rp 16,000), to Indonesia for the development of the Nusantara Capital (IKN).

USTDA held workshops with the IKN Authority from Monday to Wednesday, March 4-6, 2024. USTDA Director Enoh T. Ebong stated that they support the sustainable development of IKN.

“USTDA is committed to providing a grant of US$ 2 million in the form of technical assistance, technical specifications, procurement documents, and strategies to develop a city with smart, sustainable, and green infrastructure,” said Ebong, in a written statement quoted by The Nusantara Post from Detikcom on Friday (8/3/2024).

USTDA also ensures that their assistance will utilize green and environmentally friendly approaches. This aligns with the development principles held by the IKN Authority.

“We are impressed with the vision and development procedures held by the IKN Authority. Certainly, in every cooperation we build in infrastructure development projects, we always consider environmental, social, and human aspects through studies we have conducted previously,” he said.

On the same occasion, the Head of the Nusantara Capital Authority (IKN), Bambang Susantono, appreciated the cooperation established with USTDA. According to Bambang, to build a smart city like Nusantara, partnerships with state-of-the-art technology partners are needed.

“As time progresses, the technology we use will be abandoned. Therefore, cooperation with the United States through USTDA is not only to develop business and academic networks but also in terms of technology,” said Bambang.

Deputy Head of Green and Digital Transformation of the IKN Authority, Mohammed Ali Berawi, added that IKN opens up investment opportunities for investors with green, smart, and sustainable development principles in Nusantara.

“We prioritize investment for investors who possess smart technology ownership and green commitment. This includes smart governance, transportation and mobility, smart living, natural resources and energy, smart industries, and human resources, as well as smart environment and infrastructure,” explained Ali (DC/TNP)

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