Urban Area is the Future

AIMG_3781_ Country Head of Deloitte Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Bernardus Djonoputro deliver a talk about Local Leaders and the Rise of Urban Economy as part of TK Low Series of Seminar at Jakarta Campus (3/7/2017). During his talk, Bernardus highlight the future of global economy will be determined by how mayors and local leaders manage the urban areas, as most people will live there in the next few decades. This talk is an example of how SBM ITB as one of the guards knowledge in Indonesia, keep moving in responding to future challenges.

The challenge of local leaders in the future is on how to provide a more vibrant, open access, and livable cities so that urban people can live conveniently in the cities. The urbanization rate keeps increasing. As the case of Indonesia, more than 60 million of people now are moving to cities, more than 70 million of middle class, 22 metropolitan areas (inhabited by 2-3 million of people), and 100 cities. “We might say that these numbers are extravagant, but China has gone through this about 20 years ago and now we can witness its massive economic size. Cities and metropolitan areas are going to be the drivers of future economy,” said Bernardus.

More challenges are waiting in the expansion rate of urbanization; access to clean water, public housing provision, and infrastructure are one of them. Local leaders will need to think on how to provide those basic public goods, and how to finance them. Bernardus stressed the importance of Public Private Partnership in financing all the infrastructure projects and provision of public goods. “Since the government does not have enough money, local leaders need to have “Business not Usual” spirit in finding other alternatives of funding.” said Him.

Attended by students, alumni, industry partners, and School Governing Council members, this seminar is an example of how SBM ITB as one of the guards knowledge in Indonesia, keep moving in responding to future challenges.

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