JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Former Director General of Minerals and Coal of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) R Sukhyar is confident that the government will again relax export of mineral concentrates.

Because, the rules of easing the export of concentrate before, namely Government Regulation Number 1 of 2014, will end on 12 January 2017.

“Under these conditions, I think the concentrate will come out (may be exported),” Sukhyar said met after the discussion in Jakarta, on Sunday (9/25/2016).

Although he is confident that the government will loosen concentrate exports again, Sukhyar also hopes that there is a middle way to ensure the achievement of the downstreaming objectives mandated by Law No. 4 of 2009.
“Maybe it can be with the imposition of export duty (BK) concentrate exports,” said Sukhyar.

At present, there are regulations governing BK concentrate exports. Provisions regarding the concentrate export BK are regulated through the Minister of Finance Regulation (Number) 153 of 2014. “But I think it is necessary to differentiate the treatment of companies (IUPs) that have been in production for a long time, and new ones,” said Sukhyar.

Meanwhile, National Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Coordinator Maryati Abdullah strongly rejected the relaxation of concentrate exports. According to Maryati, the government has stalled eight years to carry out downstreaming, since the issuance of Law No. 4 of 2009 to 12 January 2017.

“If you grant permission to export concentrate concentrate for another five years, then a total of 13 years will be given to run downstream,” said Maryati.

“Of course this will be a bad precedent where again the government is actually not compliant and inconsistent in implementing laws and other policies,” said Maryati.

In Media, Media Coverage | PWYP Indonesia | September 25th , 2016