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Indonesia: Why Three Cities Formed a Joint Secretariat
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: Indonesia
Created: Aug 20, 2014

Three Indonesian cities, Sleman, Bantul and Yogyakarta, believe that they are better off tackling their urban problems together. FutureGov caught up with Haryadi Suyuti, Mayor of Yogyakarta, the biggest of these three cities, to find out why.


Residents of the cities of Sleman and Bantul travel to Yogyakarta everyday for conducting their business, Suyuti said, blurring the borders between these areas. The respective city governments therefore had to take a fresh approach to manage increasingly common urban issues.


“The biggest problem [across the cities] right now is urban infrastructure management”, including waste management, water and transport, he said. For example, residents of Sleman and Bantul use the sewerage and refuse facilities in Yogyakarta where they work, and they also require good roads and buses to get there.


The three municipalities formed a joint secretariat to centralise urban management policies and their implementation across the three cities, he explained.


The joint secretariat allows officials across the cities to better coordinate and solve common problems, the Mayor said. Further, the budget for the secretariat has been shared across the three local governments.


Suyuti said that, by bringing these functions together, it has enabled city planners to focus on an Indonesian priority: ensuring that people can get to work, and generate economic growth. 

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