Monday, October 13, 2014

1) Papua Proposes Five Keys Point to Freeport

2) Freeport Indonesia has green light to resume open-pit mining -govt

3) Some Elementary School Pupils Unable to Read in Waris, Keerom
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1) Papua Proposes Five Keys Point to Freeport


Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua provincial government has submitted a five-point proposal  to the CEO of Freeport MacMoran Gold and Copper Inc during a visit to the company’s headquarters in Phoenix, the United States, the head of the provincial Mineral and Energy Resources Department, Bangun Manurung, said  Sunday (12/10).
Issues addressed by the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe include the surface tax, share divestment, smelter development, environment, and equipment and service procurement that should be fully implemented by employers, Manurung said.
Manurung  said the environmental issue has been the concern of his department, as well as Papuan employers.
It is hoped that employers will be involved in the procurement of equipment and services.
“The environmental issue is our concern. We have specially consulted on this issue when we were in Jakarta, in particular to discuss the accidents that happened in the company recently.  Based on our observation, the accidents often occurred Saturday or Sunday,” he said.
Earlier, after returning from the United States,  Enembe revealed eight important issues to be addressed  in the Contract of Work concerning the interests of the government and the people of Papua.
The governor also talked about the ownership of share divestment and handover of Wabu block B.
“We also requested the investment data on the government’s share. If I am not mistaken, the Freeport claimed the investment value of the Wabu block B is approximately 1.4 trillion rupiah. And it’s becoming the government’s share. Therefore we used it as a basis to negotiate with other investors,” Lukas Enembe said.
The governor said in the six-hour meeting, he proposed the utilization of the local and domestic products.
“It is important, because almost two hundred thousand items were supplied from outside of Papua, whereas the Provincial Regulation said about the obligation of using the local commodities, such as the local vegetables supplies for Freeport. Additionally, the Provincial Government also encouraged the Papuan employers to be the business partners of the company,” he said.
They also talked about the environmental issue in the meeting.
“We asked for deposits anticipating the end of the Contract of Work with Freeport, because the local community would get the environmental impact from the green house effect. The deposits we asked are for the long-term sustainability. We asked them to deposit it to Provincial Government instead of Central Government.” Enembe said. (Alexander Loen/rom)


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 2) Freeport Indonesia has green light to resume open-pit mining -govt
JAKARTA Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:57pm IST
Oct 13 (Reuters) - Freeport-McMoRan Inc's Indonesian unit can resume open-pit mining at its Grasberg complex, one of the world's biggest copper mines, after it agreed to improve safety following a fatal accident last month, a government official said on Monday.
Hundreds of angry protesters blocked access for two days in early October to the open-pit area of the copper complex, where production had been halted following the death of four workers on Sept. 27. That area accounts for more than half of the mine's output.
Indonesia's mine ministry investigated the accident and then asked the Arizona-based firm to propose safety changes and policies last Thursday.
These changes did not satisfy government officials, who asked Freeport to resubmit within two days. This has now been done and the miner has been given the green light to resume open-pit mining, said Bambang Susigit, a senior mines ministry official.
"We have agreed Freeport can resume operations at Grasberg," Susigit told Reuters, adding the company must implement four key safety improvements at the Papua mine.
Open-pit mining remained suspended on Monday, Freeport Indonesia CEO Rozik Soetjipto told Reuters in a text message, adding the company was still waiting for the decision from the director-general at the mines ministry. He said he hoped to receive notice of that decision soon.
Freeport workers involved in the blockade, which was not supported by labour unions, are still seeking talks with local management following the accident. Union officials could not be reached for comment on Monday. (Reporting by Dennys Kapa; Additional reporting by Michael Taylor; Editing by Alan Raybould)


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3) Some Elementary School Pupils Unable to Read in Waris, Keerom


Abepura, Jubi- The absence of teachers at 5 elementary schools in Waris district, Keerom have resulted in many pupils being unable to write and read.
Teachers left because they feel uncomfortable working in remote areas  and were disappointed by frequent delays in salary payment.
“I agreed what was reported by Pastor Krispinus Bidi SVD in the newspaper Jubi some time ago,” chief deputy of CSO Network, Donatus Sadipun ,said at a workshop on Consolidation network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) at Grand Abe hotel, Abepura on Saturday (11/10 ).
“I think the problem is because the recruitment was inappropriate, so that many teachers do not want to serve in rural areas,” he said.
A member of the CSO networks, Yosephina Nauyagir said the health sector was also facing a similar problem, with health care workers rarely coming to work. (Dominggus A Mampioper/Tina)
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