– Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arcandra Tahar said, he would study the demands filed by a number of civil society coalitions. The coalition is suing Government Regulation (PP) Number 1 Year concerning the Fourth Amendment to PP Number 23 of 2010 concerning Implementation of Mineral and Coal Mining Business Activities and their derivatives.

Among the derivative regulations, namely ESDM Minister Regulation (Permen) Number 5 of 2017 concerning Increasing Mineral Value Added through Domestic Mineral Processing and Refining Activities. In addition, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation No. 6 of 2017 concerning Procedures for the Provision of Recommendations for the Implementation of Mineral and Overseas Processed Mineral Sales.

“We will study, clearly there is one PP and two candies. Then we will release two more candies as a derivative from PP 1. As soon as we will remove them. Whatever we spend is based on a very deep review, “Arcandra said, at the ESDM Ministry office, Jakarta, Wednesday, January 18, 2017 evening.

Arcandra suggested the plaintiff could use legal channels according to the provisions in this democratic country. He said his party was ready to face this. “In this case, the government is also ready to explain the purpose of the PP and the issued candy,” he said.

Arcandra believes, the rules issued by his party are in accordance with the applicable laws in the country. “I think the PP and the candy that the government issued is appropriate, meaning that anyone must submit without exception,” he said.

Previously, the Indonesian Civil Society Coalition Publish What You Pay (PWYP) and several other coalitions urged President Joko Widodo and Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ignasius Jonan, to cancel the relaxation of mineral mining exports, both for the export of raw materials (ore material) and concentrate.

PWYP Indonesia National Coordinator Maryati Abdullah stated, the government had openly issued policies that contradicted the mandate of the 2009 Mining Laws in articles 102 and 103. The law requires mining companies to undertake processing and refining of mining products in domestic.

“At the same time it contradicts article 170 which requires all holders of KK (Working Contracts) who have been producing to purify no later than 5 (five) years since the Minerba Act was enacted in 2009.” said Maryati in Jakarta, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.| In Media, Media Coverage|PWYP Indonesia|January 20th, 2017