Mapping Indonesia

‘One Map' policy progressing slowly: Minister

By Stefani Ribka/The Jakarta Post
Monday, July 24, 2017

The government is currently developing its “One Map" policy – designed to integrate comprehensive political and economic information, including spatial conditions from all regions across the archipelago -, but Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Wednesday that the progress was very slow.

This was particularly caused by the reluctance of regional heads to support the program and the huge scale of the work, Darmin said.

“There’s progress but very slow because apparently the borders between villages and regencies were mostly drawn by hand so we need to go down to the field and check them ourselves,” he said during a hearing with the House of Representatives’ budget committee.

He added that the findings in the field had to be discussed with regional heads for further verification.

The program is being processed by the Geospatial Information Agency (BIG). With the “One Big Map”, it is expected that the government and other parties will have comprehensive and detailed information about the country and its people.

All government institutions submitted their existing thematic maps to BIG by July, 2016 for gradual verification and integration.

BIG expected to finish integrating the map of Kalimantan last year, Sumatra and Sulawesi this year, Maluku and Papua in 2018 and Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara in 2019.

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