Monday, October 31, 2016

1) Freeport Asks Gov`t to Respect Contract of Work

2) Questions over Jakarta’s push for Australia messenger role
3) Personnel deployed to search for missing cargo plane in Papua
MONDAY, 31 OCTOBER, 2016 | 13:06 WIB
1) Freeport Asks Gov`t to Respect Contract of Work

TEMPO.COJakarta - US-based mining company PT Freeport Indonesia has asked the government to evaluate the plans to ban the concentrate exports which will come into effect in January 2017. The contract of work holds that the company shall be entitled to export processed mineral, PT Freeport claimed.
“We have asked the government to review the regulation which will restrict the concentrate exports,” Freeport spokesperson Riza Pratama told Tempo last weekend.
The Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation No. 1/2014 stipulates that processed mineral exports will be banned starting January 11, 2017. The government has recently proposed amendment to Government Regulation No. 23/2010 on Mineral and Coal Mining Business Activities. In draft revision of article 112 C (1), holders of contract of work will be required to build smelters in Indonesia.
The draft revision also holds that in order to continue exports, holders of contract of work shall change their mining permit to special mining business permit (IUPK). The IUPK holders will be given a maximum of five years time to export processed minerals following the execution of the revised Government Regulation No. 23/2010.
Export permit will also be restricted only for IUPK holders who have built onshore smelting facilities. Export duty is charged according to smelter development.
Director General of Mineral and Coal, the Energy and Mineral Ministry, Bambang Gatot Ariyono said the government continue to deliberate on the whole draft revision of the regulation. The draft revision also touched on IUPK concession, which is smaller than that of contract of work, and contractors obligation to pay bigger royalties and taxes.  

2) Questions over Jakarta’s push for Australia messenger role
8:20 pm on 31 October 2016

There are questions over the effectiveness of a push by Indonesia to have Australia lean on Pacific countries to not talk about West Papua.
Indonesia's Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has urged Australia to rebuke Pacific states, in particular Solomon Islands, for raising Papua in global fora.
He urged Canberra to speak to Honiara on the matter because Australia contributes a big aid package in the Solomons.

A Research Fellow at the Australian National University's State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Stewart Firth, said Jakarta has misinterpreted Australia's relationship with Pacific countries.
These are sovereign states. And in particular in the case of Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands has a right to do that [speak out about West Papua] as a sovereign country, and Australia's not in a very good position to tell them differently. 
He said the one thing that Pacific Island countries really value is their sovereignty. Of course there continues to be big bilateral aid, but that doesn't mean you canState sponsored torture in Fiji still the norm says Fiji lawyer then determine a country's foreign policy.

3) Personnel deployed to search for missing cargo plane in Papua
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura, Papua | Mon, October 31, 2016 | 07:01 pm
A team comprising 18 personnel from the Mimika chapter of the Search and Rescue Agency (SAR), the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police (Polri) and the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) are searching the location believed to be where a DHC-4 Caribou plane crashed on Monday.
The cargo aircraft belonging to the Puncak administration was reported to have lost contact at 7:57 a.m. local time on Monday on its way from Moses Kilangin Timika Airport in Mimika, Papua, to Ilaga Airport in Puncak regency.
Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia dispatched a helicopter to help in the search.
“They are trying to locate the point where the plane lost contact using one helicopter provided by Freeport Indonesia,” SAR Mimika spokesperson Muhammad told The Jakarta Post.
He said the exact location of the Caribou aircraft was still unknown but signals from its emergency locator transmitter (ELT) had given its coordinates, which were around 64 kilometers from Moses Kilangin Timika Airport.
“No one has seen the body of the aircraft but we have found its coordinates. So we will focus our search on those points,” said Muhammad. A SAR post was established at the airport to support the search operation, he added.
Ilaga Puncak Airport head Dani Joko said the weather was clear when the Caribou aircraft lost contact. “This is the second time an aircraft lost contact when it was about to land at Ilaga Airport,” Dani told the Post.
The aircraft carried water-channel construction materials and a cement mixer, weighing 3,130 kilograms in total. The plane was piloted by Farhat Limi, with three crew members, flight officer R. Fendi, mechanic Steven and flight operations officer Andi Baringin. (ebf)

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