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Development of IKN Reduces Unemployment in Indonesia


Apart from having an impact on the distribution of development in the future, it seems that the development of the National Capital City (IKN) of the Archipelago has been able to reduce unemployment in Indonesia. It is recorded that more than 20,000 people have submitted applications to take part in the open selection for acceptance of Non Civil Servant Government Employees (PPNPN) to work at IKN. The selection opened on 20 February 2023 and just closed on 24 February 20223.

Tens of thousands of applicants have registered for various positions that are being opened. The formations or fields opened for recruitment are: Secretariat, Legal and Compliance Work Unit, Deputy for Planning and Land Affairs, Deputy for Development Control, Deputy for Social and Culture and Community Empowerment, Deputy for Green and Digital Transformation, Deputy for Environment and natural resources, deputy for funding and investment, deputy for facilities and infrastructure.

​The position or field with the most number of applicants was the Secretariat with 19.4%, followed by the Deputy for Environment and Natural Resources with 14.3% and the Deputy for Social Culture and Community Empowerment with 13.4%.

​Later on , the applicants will be verified and an administrative selection will be carried out. After the announcement of administrative results, participants who pass will take an Academic Potential Test (TPA) and a psychological test, then proceed with an interview.

​On a different occasion, the Chairman of the Kutai Kartanegara Community Consultation, Sabran said that the development of the Nusantara National Institute of Science would have a very extraordinary impact, especially in creating employment opportunities.

​The construction of the IKN will absorb millions of workers from various sectors, not only for immigrants, but this will also be an opportunity for local workers with skilled skills, such as drivers, carpenters, caterers and others.

If there are local people who have good abilities, the government will of course give priority to the IKN Authority Body which has now been formed .

​He believes that this can be fulfilled by local residents who have certification standards to participate in the success of the development of IKN.

​Therefore , the man who serves as Deputy Dean I of the Faculty of Economics, University of Kutai Kartanegara, views that the construction of the IKN, which is currently underway, can certainly provide enthusiasm and encouragement for local communities to realize their own potential.

One of the things he highlighted was the government of both Kutai Kartanegara Regency and North Penajam Paser Regency (PPU).

How do they want to make a big movement to prepare competitive Human Resources (HR).

​Meanwhile , the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said he was optimistic that the IKN development project would run smoothly.

He stated that there were no obstacles in the IKN development process. Until now, the IKN development project has involved 7,800 workers.

​Jokowi said that the IKN development project was not a project that could be done in a short time. The construction period can be as long as

​On a different occasion, the Minister of Investment/Head of BKPM, Bahlil Lahadalia said that foreign investment for the development of the Indonesian Capital City (IKN) was showing positive signals from various countries.

​However , the vast area of ​​IKN certainly requires continuous cooperation. His party also ensures that the Ministry of Investment/BKPM will provide support in the form of facilities to investors and select the right local partners.

By carrying out the concept of a future smart forest city based on innovation and technology in line with the direction of development for the Kalimantan island region.

Namely , encouraging economic diversification, but still maintaining Kalimantan’s function as the lungs of the world.

In addition, the construction of IKN is a labor-intensive program which of course will absorb a large number of workers.

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The transfer of the IKN provides sustenance to local residents who may have been living in poverty. Now, the highways around the core area of ​​the IKN government center are smooth. Their travel time to other big cities such as Balikpapan is shorter. Especially if the road through to IKN is through the Balang island bridge. This of course shows that the development of IKN in East Kalimantan can provide many benefits.

​The involvement of the local community in the construction of the IKN is of course good news for the people in East Kalimantan, they not only get wages but also gain valuable experience as a citizen involved in the development of the National Capital.

​The move of IKN to Nusantara will certainly result in an increase in the economy and people’s mobility. So that the economy is not only focused on the island of Java, but can develop outside Java, especially Kalimantan.

​Therefore , the development of IKN in Kalimantan is a program that should be supported, especially since there are not a few workers who will be absorbed by this project.

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