Indonesia’s planned new capital in eastern Kalimantan will be named Nusantara, said National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa on Monday.

Report informs, citing foreign media, that the name Nusantara, meaning archipelago in Indonesian, was instructed and confirmed by the president, said Mr Monoarfa.

“I just received confirmation and direct orders from the president, namely on Friday.

“He said the new capital is Nusantara,” Mr Monoarfa said during a meeting with a special committee for the establishment of the new capital.

He added: “The reason is because Nusantara has been known for a long time. And it is iconic internationally, simple and describes our archipelago, the Republic of Indonesia. I believe we all agree with the name Nusantara,” he said.