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Memorandum of Understanding between Nusantara Capital City Authority and Australia’s National Capital Authority

Media Release

27 February 2024

Australia’s National Capital Authority (NCA) and Indonesia’s Nusantara Capital City Authority (OIKN) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation for Australia’s capital city Canberra and Indonesia’s new capital city, Nusantara.

OIKN’s Chairman Bambang Susantono signed the MoU at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, while NCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Sally Barnes, signed it in Canberra. The two then shared a ‘virtual handshake’ to seal the deal.

“During the Annual Leaders Meeting in July 2023, Prime Minister Albanese and President Widodo welcomed the emerging cooperation between Australia’s National Capital Authority and Indonesia’s Nusantara Capital City Authority,” said Australia’s Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia, Steve Scott. “This MoU realises that collaboration.”

Nusantara and Canberra are both designed and planned national capitals, making this MoU particularly unique and relevant. The MoU covers potential exchanges of people and information, joint studies and exhibitions, and other cooperation. It extends on support that the Australian Government has already provided towards the development of Nusantara.

“The Australian Government is working with the Indonesian Government towards the development of Ibu Kota Nusantara,” said Deputy Ambassador Scott at the signing ceremony. “We continue to work together by developing a masterplan to guide affordable, sustainable and safe urban mobility and by undertaking an environmental assessment to minimise environmental impacts. This MoU is the latest step in our efforts to support Nusantara’s development.”

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