Jakarta: The Indonesian Ministry for Development of Disadvantaged Regions is working together with the Geospatial Information Agency (formerly known as BAKOSURTANAL) to support infrastructure development in several key sectors and industries in some of the country’s most disadvantaged areas.
Indonesian government has prepared a master plan for the acceleration and expansion of economic development throughout the country. The agency identified 183 districts as the key beneficiaries of the project. the Geospatial Information Agency will provide GIS-based decision support systems to help local authorities in their spatial planning and policy making. These disadvantaged areas are generally characterised by the low quality of human resources, poor ICT infrastructure and other similar situations in transportation, water supply, irrigation, health, education and other services. The agency will provide its expertise to promote the use of geospatial information to pump prime sectors such as agriculture, mining, energy, marine, tourism and telecommunications. By studying the geographic relationships of resources essential for socio-economic development, it would be easier for policy makers to arrive at well-informed decisions that can help them achieve a true “synergistic” development in the country. The Ina-Geoportal, an interactive map, will provide the public and state agencies with real-time information about roads, mountains, land elevation and coastal lines, among other things.