The City Development Strategy aims to better link local governments with national government funding resources for the implementation of strategically prioritized projects, primarily for medium-term investments, which are both feasible and impactful. As the subjects of the City Vision Profiles, these three “champion” cities can serve as good examples for Indonesia’s nearly 500 cities, demonstrating how strong leadership and vision are essential to fostering comprehensive, inclusive and credible strategies.
The City Vision Profile is a comprehensive summary of the city’s development vision and serves as an advocacy tool helping the efforts of local governments to promote their investment priorities.
The city of Banjarmasin in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo island, is implementing an innovative development vision for the city as a “Gateway to Kalimantan” — a place with strong cultural heritage, self-sufficient local economies, a high-quality public realm enhanced by a clean environment, and robust infrastructure. The city vision and its related strategies and plans for the future, detailed in our City Vision Profile, astutely position Banjarmasin’s assets as drivers for growth. This comes at a critical time, when Banjarmasin's place in Kalimantan and Indonesia is changing, and its economy transitions from reliance on the rubber and timber extraction industries. Banjarmasin’s city development strategy focuses on three components: becoming a regional economic hub and gateway city, a traditional river city and a livable city.
In our City Vision Profile, we give a timeline of achieved and in-the-pipeline projects for each of the three components. We also summarize the problems facing each component, along with the actions taken and their outcomes, as well provide snapshots of projects accompanied by completion dates, budgets and implementing agency.
Banjarmasin’s economy was previously based on the extraction of raw materials, but is now transitioning to become a city of services and trade. Market renovations and improved port facilities (like the expansion of the Basirih harbor) are intended to strengthen Banjarmasin’s role as a regional trading center, serving towns and cities in the hinterland and offering improved economic opportunities for the city’s residents.
Banjarmasin's rivers connect it to the rest of the Kalimantan region and are central to the identity of the city. In order to fully realize the potential of water assets through a comprehensive approach to support cultural activities, tourism, economic activity and public health, the city is reorienting itself toward its rivers. By integrating the rivers into development plans, the city government aims to create a new public realm, improve water quality and develop tourism infrastructure, through such programs as reviving the floating market and linking the river to other cultural assets.
Under the program ‘BUNGAS’ (Bersih: clean, Unggul: superior, Nyaman: comfortable, Gagah: resilient, Aman: safe, Serasi: harmonious), the city plans to improve basic services, such as the provision of clean water through the installation of new filtration systems, to increase mobility through ring roads, bridge retrofitting, and a new bus terminal, and to improve the quality of life for the urban poor. The regional water utility has successfully implemented a program to provide clean water to the entire city, which now reaches 98 percent of the registered population. This is the highest coverage in Indonesia and represents a significant achievement.