Sunday, September 20, 2015

1) Bukit Asam in Talks to Supply Coal to Freepor

2) Martha Langowuyos Experience at EngageMedias Video Residency Program

1) Bukit Asam in Talks to Supply Coal to Freeport
By : Vanesha Manuturi | on 5:13 PM September 20, 2015
Jakarta. State coal miner Bukit Asam is cooking up plans to supply coal to Freeport Indonesia, a local unit of US mining giant Freeport-McMoran, as part of the government's initiative for Freeport to use more locally-based products in its business.
"We've started talking with Freeport about the prospects of providing coal for Freeport's power plants and about teaming up to build the power plants. Hopefully, these plans can materialize soon," Bukit Asam president director Milawarman said in a statement.
Milawarman added that the publicly-listed state company is hoping to become a partner for Freeport's power plant in Timika, Papua, and its smelter in Gresik, East Java.
Talks between Bukit Asam and Freeport were conceived amid calls from Industry Minister Saleh Husin, urging Freeport to utilize local components and products.
"Freeport has become a part of the national industry, so it must be supported by other industries," Saleh said during his visit to Freeport's mine in Papua's Mimika district over the weekend.
"In line with Freeport's investment commitment and operations in Indonesia, I asked them to use more local products, such as steel from Krakatau Steel, cement from Semen Indonesia, and coals from Bukit Asam, among other things."
Others to attend the meeting included National Development Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil and Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Sudirman Said, as well as several top executives from state owned enterprises, such as Bukit Asam, steel maker Krakatau Steel and cement manufacturer Semen Indonesia.
Responding to calls from the Industry Minister, Freeport Indonesia president director Maroef Sjamsuddin said that the miner is "open" to the opportunity of partnerships with state-owned companies.
Freeport Indonesia earmarked up to $1.7 billion (Rp 22.41 trillion) in capital expenditure this year, $1.16 billion of which is allocated for local spending and $498 million for imports, according to a statement from the Industry Ministry.
As of July, the mining giant has spent up to 36 percent, or about $422 million, of its capex, the statement said.

2) Martha Langowuyos Experience at EngageMedias Video Residency Program

by yerry — September 18, 2015
In August 2015, a West Papuan woman completed her stint as the first participant of our Video Residency program in Yogyakarta. The program is designed to enable filmmakers to advance their video production skills while expanding their networks in the larger video and film community in Indonesia.
An alumni of Papuan Voices, Martha Langowuyo has been active in SKP Jayapura as a media volunteer for the past several years while finishing her studies at Cendrawasih University. During the program, she has gained various technical and non-technical skills from our staff and also from a mentor who was assigned to assist Martha in video production.
We conducted training in camera handling by shooting and recording daily activities in some of the major streets in Yogyakarta. After shooting, we evaluated all the footage and discussed on how to improve it. We also combined aspects of journalism within the video production framework, where Martha learned about journalism ethics, informed consent, and planning and conducting an interview.
Even since the application process for the residency, Martha had already outlined her issue of interest and video production plan. She was keen to produce a video on access to education for Papuan women, using the case study of Papuan students in Yogyakarta.
On the first day, we discussed how her idea could be developed further and worked on a more detailed production plan which lasted up until her return to Jayapura at the end of the month.
During her stay in Java, Martha also visited six NGOs and video community organizations. Apart from these visits, she was also exposed to events such the Kamisan demonstrations and learned about story development from more seasoned filmmakers in Jakarta.
She also conducted some interviews delving deeper into social and gender-related issues in Papua. Her interviews with prominent womens rights activist, Ita Natalia, and rural researcher Yando Zakaria are also available on the EngageMedia site.
Near the end of her residency, Martha completed a short documentary on Papuan issues and conducted a public screening of the film, which was attended by over 50 people. The post-screening discussion focused on the role of women in Papua and how the militarization of Papua affects the social and economic lives of ordinary people. You can view Martha's video, 'Bangkitlah dan Belajarlah!', with English subtitles below.

Martha Langowuy's residency was sponsored by the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, through its Harry Burton Memorial Fund. Reuters cameraman Harry Burton was murdered by pro-Taliban militants in an ambush in Afghanistan in November 2001 while on secondment from his Jakarta base. The fund set up in his memory aims to support the training of journalists, with priority given to camera operators, from the remoter parts of Indonesia.


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