JAKARTA – The government will again loosen policies regarding the export of raw mineral mining materials. This is considered to make Indonesia’s natural resources (SDA) at stake.

Indonesia’s National Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Coordinator Maryati Abdullah said, the opening of export taps in the midst of a chaotic mining arrangement would trigger massive exploitation of natural resources. In addition, it resulted in massive land and forest clearing, illegal mining and irresponsible mining practices.

“As a result, environmental damage is increasingly massive. It also causes conflict and social loss for the surrounding community which in the long run is very ineffective for development, “he said in Jakarta, Sunday (09/25/2016).

According to him, policy tugging and opening of mineral concentrate export taps is a form of regulatory inconsistency. Thus, it has the potential to create economic injustice, social jealousy and legal or regulatory uncertainty for economic agents.

“Decision of the Constitutional Court No. 10 / PUU-Xll / 2014 strengthens the obligation of processing and refining in the country and states that the spirit of the Minerba Law is in line with Article 33 of the 1945 Constitution. ,” he said.

On the other hand, the current fiscal deficit should be a lesson for the government and all elements of the nation. This is as a result of the dependence of the state budget on income from direct sales of natural resource commodities. “Including mineral mining commodities,” he said.

Previously, Acting Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan claimed he would again relax the policy of banning the export of raw minerals listed in Law No. 4/2009 on Minerals and Coal (Minerba). It is planned that the export of raw minerals will again be allowed for the next 3-5 years.

He said the relaxation of exports of raw minerals would be carried out again as the Minerba Law was revised. This is because, to date, many mining companies have not been able to fulfill their obligations to build smelters.

“The revision of the Minerba Law is an initiative of the DPR. We only exercise what we find, it turns out the government was negligent too, did not mean to talk ago. But we correct myself, there are things in the Act that we have not implemented, “he said at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Building, Jakarta, recently.

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