McKinsey Global Institute launched an interactive map showing the 600 cities projected to be the global cities of the future, which will account for 60 percent of the global GDP growth in 2025. Out of these 600, 9 Indonesian cities are featured, namely: Jakarta, Medan, Samarinda, Tangerang, Bandung, Balikpapan, Pekanbaru, Kediri and Surabaya.
Not surprisingly, no cities in the eastern part of Indonesia is on the map (if you don’t count Samarinda and Balikpapan). Thus, despite the positive outlook of economic growth in Indonesia, redevelopment outside the western parts of Indonesia is seen to be minimal.
The projection for Jakarta alone in 2025, the city’s population will increase to 12 million people, with the GDP of the city amounting to $236 billion. We should observe that this measure is not taking into account the Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Tangerang-Bekasi (Jabodetabek) metropolitan area.
Not sure whether we should celebrate the optimism for Jakarta if access to water in the city is still problematic, traffic congestion is showing signs of gridlock and housing prices in the city area are becoming more unaffordable (hence the growth of housing in satellite cities outside the city center – contributing to the congestion problem).