Friday, February 17, 2017

1) Government to focus on improving quality of lecturers in Papua

1) Government to focus on improving quality of lecturers in Papua


Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The government will prioritize improving the quality of lecturers in Papua through the issuance of a certification of competence.

"The certification is intended to produce graduates having sound knowledge and skills," Research, Technology, and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir stated here on Friday.

The minister remarked that the government will focus on improving the quality of lecturers working in polytechnics and universities.

"The government urges polytechnics to create a qualified workforce through the issuance of a certification of competence," he said.

Vocational colleges should produce qualified human resources in an attempt to meet the industry demand.

The government will assist lecturers in obtaining certification through education and financing.

"In Papua, the government is concentrating on improving the quality of workforce engaged in the tourism and health sectors," he remarked.

The lecturers in polytechnics should clear a competency test in a bid to educate the students on the certification of competence.

"Only six percent of the vocational colleges are in Indonesia. In fact, the country has 4,529 universities that produce more academics," he pointed out.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had earlier called on the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) to help improve the quality of education offered by vocational schools across the country.

"We need millions of skilled human resources, so Kadin can help to improve the quality of education in vocational schools," President Jokowi said while opening the 2016 Kadin Leadership National Meeting at the Borobudur Hotel.

The president stated that Indonesia will benefit from a demographic bonus after 2020 when the number of people of the productive age will be higher than the number of elderly and children.

The younger generation should continue to build its capacity and capabilities in accordance with any formal and non-formal education they acquire. Only then will Indonesia be able to take advantage of the demographic bonus.

This demographic bonus will help the development of the creative economy in the country.

The greater the number of people of the productive age in Indonesia, the more internet users we will see. This will increase the nations creative ability and help to throw up new ideas to create value-added products of high quality.(*)

Editor: Heru


FRIDAY, 17 FEBRUARY, 2017 | 23:06 WIB
2) Gov't Issues Freeport Export Recommendation  
TEMPO.COJakarta - The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry issued export recommendation licenses for PT Freeport Indonesia (PT FI) and PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara (PT AMNT).
The export recommendation for Freeport was issued based on a request letter No. 571/OPD/II/2017 delivered by the company on February, 2017. Meanwhile, the export recommendation for PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara was issued on February 17, 2017.
"PT FI and PT AMNT both have declared their commitment to construct smelter," said Sujatmiko, Chief of Communication, Public Relationship and Ministerial Cooperation of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in a written statement dated Friday, February 17, 2017.
The export recommendation was issued in accordance with the Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation No. 6 of 2017 and Trade Minister Regulation No. 1/M-DAG/PER/1/2017.
Sujatmiko added that the government will continue to monitor the progress of the smelter construction once every six months. The export recommendation will be revoked if both companies failed to fulfill their commitment in smelter construction.

3) Mining Ministry Backs Freeport's Copper Concentrate Exports
Jakarta. Indonesia's mining ministry said on Friday (17/02) it has issued a recommendation that is expected to allow the local unit of Freeport McMoRan Inc to resume copper concentrate exports within days.
The announcement comes after a more than one-month stoppage which push global copper prices to 21-month highs this week.
Freeport will be allowed to export 1.1 million tonnes of copper concentrate over the next one year, the mining ministry said in a statement seen by Reuters.
Fri Feb 17, 2017 | 8:04 AM EST
4) Indonesia gives Freeport green light to resume copper exports
Indonesia's mining ministry recommended on Friday that Freeport-McMoran Inc's Indonesian unit be granted a permit to export 1.1 million tonnes of copper concentrates until Feb. 16, 2018, the ministry said in a statement.
The announcement comes after a more than month-long export stoppage that brought production at Freeport's giant Grasberg mine in Papua, Indonesia, to a standstill last week that helped push copper prices to near 21-month highs.
The ministry also recommended that fellow copper miner Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara be permitted to export 675,000 tonnes of copper concentrate, also up to Feb 16, 2018.
The recommendations were issued to the miners based on commitments made by the pair to develop smelters in Indonesia, the statement said, noting that progress on their smelter projects would be evaluated independently at least every six months.
"Where six-month development progress is not in accordance with commitments, the export recommendation will be revoked."

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