Indonesia has great potential to become a prominent economic power in the Southeast Asia region. To realize this potential, collaboration between the three main cities, namely Samarinda, the Capital City of the Archipelago (IKN), and Balikpapan, is used as the foundation to drive Indonesia’s future economy.
Each city plays a key role in developing different but interrelated economic sectors, forming a sustainable and highly competitive ecosystem.
First, Samarinda was identified as the “Heart” of this collaboration. As the historical center of East Kalimantan, Samarinda has a rich cultural heritage and serves as a beacon for the energy sector, especially coal mining which is the backbone of the regional economy.
Through efforts to restore the energy sector, Samarinda has become the center of government and a new manufacturing base for renewable energy such as biodiesel. In this way, Samarinda not only maintains its traditional role as a historical and economic center, but also innovates to support economic sustainability and diversification.
Second, the capital city of the archipelago was appointed as the “nerve center”. As the core of government and an environmentally friendly innovation center, IKN offers a conducive environment for the development of various strategic sectors.
Efficient government and community service centers, innovation centers, and talent centers are the foundation for sustainable economic growth. IKN is also a high-tech and clean manufacturing base, which not only supports traditional industries but also encourages innovation and the adoption of environmentally friendly technology.
In addition, IKN is an attractive MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition) tourism base, making a significant contribution to increasing tourism and the creative economy in the region.
Third, Balikpapan is seen as the “Muscle Base” in this collaboration. As a petrochemical and logistics node for East Kalimantan, Balikpapan has an important role in providing infrastructure and services that support industrial activities.
As a petrochemical center and main port, Balikpapan is not only a distribution center for petrochemical products but also provides efficient logistics services for industries in the province and surrounding regions. In this way, Balikpapan becomes a strong foundation for economic growth in the primary and secondary sectors in East Kalimantan.
Source : Bappenas