Monday, July 10, 2017

1) “We would buy Freeport now”



1) “We would buy Freeport now”

Staff reporter10 Jul 201710:59 News

So peaceful from above: Freeport is considering the expansion options for Grasberg as the dispute goes on

There’s no resolution to the Freeport-McMoRan (US:FCX) and Indonesia dispute over a new licence for the massive Grasberg mine but the signs are good, says Jefferies.

Freeport and Indonesia have been at the negotiating table since February. 
The argument is over the contract of work Freeport signed in pre-democratic Indonesia for the West Papua operation, which had sales of 500,000 tonnes of copper and 1.1 million ounces of gold in 2016. 
The government of Joko Widodo is pushing for 51% state ownership of the project (up from around 10% now), for Freeport to build a smelter and 10-year rolling licences. 
Jefferies analyst Christopher LaFemina said there had been progress, even if no deal has been signed. 
"Since February, the Indonesian government has issued Freeport a temporary mining licence that is valid until October 10, the government and Freeport have entered into an MoU confirming that the existing contract of work would continue to be valid until a long-term agreement is reached, Freeport has resumed export of copper concentrates, and both sides have noted that negotiations have gone relatively well," he said.
"We would buy Freeport shares now, ahead of an agreement." 
LaFemina noted the US-based miner had not followed through on its threat of arbitration if there was no deal by June.
It’s not all smooth-sailing, however, after Freeport sacked thousands of striking workers.
The miner has deemed a large proportion of 4,000 strikers to have resigned after not turning up to work for five days in a row, although a Freeport Indonesia spokesman told Reuters production was normal despite the loss of 10,000 workers this year.


Merauke, Jubi – The Regency Government (Pemkab) of Merauke is asked to take the problem of settlement of Ulayat land owned by Marind people seriously, because it has caused abruption of public facilities both schools and offices.
The request was submitted by the Chairman of Papua Regional Representative Council (DPRD) of Merauke Regency, Francis Sirfefa to Jubi Friday (July 7). “Iif the government has completed data related to a number of public facilities questioned by Ulayat rights owners, it should be explained in a transparent way as it is to be known to the public,” he pleaded.
Particularly on the case of Ulayat land relate to SMPN I Merauke his office has requested an explanation from the local Education and Teaching Department Head, Felix Liem Gebze last week and delivered the land, certified and entered the local assets.
According to Sirfefa it is not possible to pay compensation again, if it forced to do so, it could be the findings of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK).
Nevertheless, he said, the owner of Ulayat rights should be respected. If there is no official land release, the government must finish by awarding it, so that it will not cause any problems in the future.
The owner of Ulayat land of SMPN I Merauke, Nikolaus Kaize said, since 1985 the land which is belonging to the four clans, has not been paid by the government.
“Yesterday we did the ransacking with the aim of asking the Merauke Regent, Frederikus Gebze to pay responsible,” he said. (*)


Moanemani, Jubi – The Coalition to Save Komnas HAM has released track record and competence of 60 candidates for KOMNAS HAM commissioner last weekend.
The civil society coalition has undertaken tracking on 60 candidates that includes indicators of Capacity, Integrity, Competence and Independence of Candidates for KOMNAS HAM members which should be an important consideration in determining whether or not a candidate is eligible to proceed to the next stage of selection.
Based on the coalition release received on July 4, the results assessment showed only 19 candidates who have very good competence, 23 candidates have only good enough competence and 5 candidates still have to go into human rights issues.

“There were also five candidates who refused to provide information and seven candidates did not provide whole information,” Zico Mulia, a member of the coalition as quoted saying in the release.
In terms of Independence they also found 13 people who turned out to be affiliated to political parties, 13 people affiliated with industry/corporation and 9 people have links with radical organizations or groups.
In terms of capacity there are 11 people who have problems in terms of cooperation, 16 people in terms of communication, 9 people in terms of decision-making, 12 people in terms of performance, and 12 people have problems in carrying out managerial principles.
In terms of integrity, there were 5 people found to relate in issues of corruption/gratification, 11 people have trouble in honesty, 8 people related to sexual violence and 14 people have problem in diversity issue.
Currently selection process of commissioner in the period of 2017-2022 has entered the stage of selecting 28 best candidates. Earlier 60 candidates had attended Public Test on May 17-18.
“From the results of the search we conducted an objective assessment involving independent experts from academic circles, formerly elected commissioners and experts,” said Zico.
The assessment has been submitted to the Candidate Committee of Komnas HAM Commisioner Candidates 2017-2022 Monday (Juli 3).
“Our effort is one stage of the process of guarding the selection that we are still going to do in the future. Our main goal is to strengthen and reform Komnas HAM in order to improve the quality of human rights enforcement of every Indonesian citizen,” said Zico.
2012-2017 period of decline
According to the coalition, the National Commission on Human Rights as an institution mandated by Law (Act 39 of 1999 on Human Rights, Law 26 of 2000 on Human Rights Court and Law No. 40 of 2008 on the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination) to conduct Supervision, Protection and Enforcement of human rights, in the period 2012-2017 has experienced a drastic decline.
Evaluation reports from Civil Society Alliance to Save the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) evaluates that there are a number of bad records, including poor performance accountability; unequal capacity and understanding of human rights among the commissioners; no independence, integrity and credibility; as well as the existence of institutionalized corruption and maladministration findings based on audit reports of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK).
However, Komnas HAM Commissioner from Papua, Natalius Pigai in Jayapura at the end of June, felt that Papuan human rights cases were getting more attention during his administration.
For Pigai, because the authority of KOMNAS HAM is limited in accordance with the mandate of the Act, the attention of mass media and international pressure to human rights cases in Papua has been an important achievement of KOMNAS HAM during his time.
“So do not demand the settlement of human rights violation cases on KOMNAS HAM, because it is not mandated, but the speed of monitoring on various cases of alleged human rights violations, especially in Papua, and public disclosure through mass media, is an important achievement,” he said. (*)



Jayapura, Jubi – The Provincial Government of Papua through Education Office in each territoris plan to send 50 prospective teachers to Jakarta, to study at Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH).
Head of Education Office of Papua Province, Elias Wonda said the sending of teacher candidates will be done next year, and is devoted to indigenous Papuans (OAP).
Each customary area will send 10 people.

“They will follow the Teachers College program at Pelita Harapan University (TC-UPH) next year on the new school year,” Wonda told reporters in Jayapura recently.
He explained, all costs will be borne by the provincial government. The budget prepared around Rp2-3 billion, he said. To that end, each customary territory must send its representatives.
“From the amount, we will first do the selection, if they ready then we will send them to UPH. The cost of school and meals will be funded by the provincial government,” he said.
Delivery of prospective teachers will be done twice. After graduation, they will be appointed as teachers and placed at the state’ school.
Papua Regional Secretary Hery Dosinaen said education in the villages needs to be re-managed and looked for good models, among other things by building a system to reduce the gap or imbalance.
“It is important to have graduates in towns with villages of the same quality, so they can all compete with the same competencies in seizing job opportunities,” Hery said.(*)

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