Bambang Susantono, the Head of Nusantara Capital City Authority (IKN), was named a guest of honor in Kazakhstan’s capital city Astana’s 25th anniversary on July 5, 2023. The forum was held at Astana’s Congress Center. Bambang spoke at the opening panel session, which was presided over by Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Several capital governors and mayors from surrounding countries attended the forum, including Rabat (Morocco), the Federal District of Brazil, Belgrade (Serbia), and Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).
In his opening remarks, President Tokayev provided an update on Astana’s transformation from a former Soviet Union provincial capital to a green modern city committed to the Sustainable Development Goals. With its high GDP, he considered Astana as not just Kazakhstan’s heart, but also essential to Central Asia. This drew a large number of investors from many countries.
In front of President Tokayev and the prominent visitors, Bambang Susantono congratulated Astana on its 25th anniversary while also introducing the IKN development. The proposed Indonesian capital city aims to become the world’s first forest metropolis by 2045, based on the principles of a smart, green, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable city.
Bambang stated, in reference to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Authority Head and the Governor of Astana on July 3, 2023, that a collaboration established as a sister city of Nusantara-Astana will hopefully encourage cultural exchange, economic cooperation, and mutual understanding between citizens of the cities.
Professor Mohammed Ali Berawi, IKN Authority’s Deputy for Green and Digital Transformation, also attended the meeting. He presented the notion of a smart and sustainable forest city, which will be executed through Nusantara development, which impressed and piqued the participants’ interest. Kazakhstan ministry and province officials, business leaders, and members of the diplomatic corps were also present. (https://www.spinabifida.net/)
Along with the IKN Authority Head, Dr. M. Fadjroel Rachman, Indonesia’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan, attended the seminar. According to Fadjroel, the forum was one of the most important events for Indonesia and Kazakhstan, alongside their 30th anniversary of bilateral relations.