JAKARTA – The Coalition Publish What You Pay Indonesia welcomes and is ready to support the KPK’s steps to conduct Coordination and Supervision (Korsup) in the Energy Sector such as oil and gas, mineral-coal, electricity, and new renewable energy. The steps of the Corruption Eradication Commission along with Ministries / Institutions and Regional Governments announced at the Coordination Meeting on February 15, 2016, were very important to close the gaps in corruption and encourage energy sovereignty by improving the system and governance.

Maryati Abdullah, the National Coordinator of the Indonesian Coalition for PWYP, said that she was ready to oversee this Korsup Energi trip in the future. She asked all stakeholders in the energy sector to be able to cooperate with the KPK, both in the form of data support and making adjustments and action plan steps in fixing policies and governance in the energy sector that had been jointly formulated. Energy Coordination and Supervision initiated by the KPK together with the Ministry aims to improve data and information systems; improved governance; and leakage in upstream and downstream sectors.

“Energy sector governance in the last few years has been in the spotlight. Some corruption cases in the oil and gas, mining, electricity, and renewable energy sectors involving state officials have been revealed. Don’t let this vital sector of the country become material for a lot of people, “she said, Thursday (18/2). According to Maryati, PWYP Indonesia as a coalition of civil society focused on extractive sector governance reforms is ready to support the KPK’s efforts. “Civil society participation is very important to monitor and provide supporting data in the implementation of Korsup so that it is not one-way,” said Maryati.

Aryanto Nugroho, Advocacy Manager and Network PWYP Indonesia, emphasized that the KPK was following Law no. 30/2002 concerning Corruption Crime Article 6 (six) has the task of supervision of agencies authorized to eradicate corruption. Aryanto added, the authority of the KPK in supervision includes: conducting surveillance, research or review of agencies that carry out their duties and authority relating to eradicating criminal acts of corruption, and agencies implementing public services. Because of that, continued Aryanto, connecting the issue of pressure from some political parties to revise the KPK Law which was indicated to weaken the authority of the KPK, the Indonesian PWYP Coalition said it refused. “We reject all forms of weakening of the KPK,” he said.

As is known, over the past two years, the Corruption Eradication Commission has conducted Korsup in the Minerals and Coal (Minerba) mining sector in 31 Provinces and is considered to be quite effective in fixing the mining sector, especially concerning control of permits, control of state financial obligations, to aspects of spatial planning and utilization forest/land as well as rehabilitation and post-mining aspects. At present, Korsup is being extended to the broader energy sector, including oil and gas, electricity, and new renewable energy. The seven focuses of the KPK Energy Korsup in realizing Energy Sovereignty include: Licensing Arrangement, Implementation of the Parties’ obligations, Supervision and Control, Development and integration of data and information systems, Fulfillment of community rights, Regulatory Structuring, and Institutional Governance Structuring.