REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Indonesia has just become the only country in ASEAN that has fulfilled compliant standards in the implementation of EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative). So that the Indonesian leadership hopes to be followed by other countries in the region.

Director of the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR), Fabby Tumiwa, said that the initiative must be encouraged and implemented consistently and thoroughly by the government of Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK).

The EITI mechanism requires data disclosure and information on payments and state revenues from both parties. Both the company and the government want it.

“Leakage and corruption of revenue can be reduced through the transparency of production data and payment of state revenues,” Fabby said, Tuesday (4/11).

Coordinator of Publish What You Pay Indonesia, Maryati Abdullah added, in the new EITI standard also encouraged the existence of transparency of ownership (beneficial ownership) and openness to the regional level (sub-national).

PWYP is a coalition of civil society organizations from regions rich in natural resources throughout Indonesia.

“If this is also carried out in Indonesia, then asymmetrical information about our revenue and the mining sector will gradually be overcome. While continuing to increase the use of revenue for development that is prosperous for the community, “explained Maryati.

Regarding the nomenclature of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources under the coordination of the minister of maritime affairs, Maryati regretted a little. This is because of the EMR issue so far lies precisely in the poor coordination with related ministries.

Like the environment and forestry sector, taxation and state revenue are also related to SOE governance in optimizing public roles. “Nevertheless, let’s just wait for Jokowi’s and his Cabinet’s breakthrough in dealing with ESDM issues,” she added.