Tuesday, April 4, 2017

1) Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia visits Papua

2) Freeport obtains eight-month special mining permit

1) Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia visits Papua
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Rob Swartbol visited Papua Province on Tuesday to discuss important issues related to politics and development in the "Land of Cenderawasih."

"The visit to Papua this time is the first of its kind, and we want to discuss issues related to democracy and the simultaneous regional elections," Swartbol remarked here on Tuesday.

The Dutch ambassador to Indonesia said he was keen to know the extent of cooperation between the Dutch government and Papua Police related to the establishment of the Community Police in the Land of Cenderawasih.

"Our cooperation aims to bring the community closer to the police, especially in Papua," he affirmed.

Swartbol explained that in principle, the Dutch government has always given attention to Indonesia, including Papua.

"We are very interested in the policies implemented by the Government of Indonesia in Papua, and so far, everything is going well," he said, adding that based on the information obtained, President Joko Widodo has given ample time for Papua.

In the meantime, Papua provincial secretary Hery Dosinaen said that besides highlighting political issues, the Dutch ambassador to Indonesia also discussed developments related to improving the peoples economy in Papua.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
2) Freeport obtains eight-month special mining permit
Fedina S. Sundaryani
The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, April 4, 2017 | 06:32 pm
Copper and gold mining giant Freeport Indonesia has obtained a special mining permit (IUPK), which will be effective for eight months, starting on Feb. 10, while the firm continues to negotiate with the government.
“With the eight-month IUPK in place, Freeport Indonesia will be able to export its [copper] concentrates and pay export duties. While the IUPK has been issued, we will also still respect their contract of work [CoW],” said Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry secretary-general Teguh Pamudji at a press conference on Tuesday.
Freeport Indonesia will be allowed to export 1.11 million wet metric tons (wmt) of copper concentrate for a year. It will be evaluated after the first six months, taking into account the progress of smelter construction in Gresik, East Java.
During the next few months, the government and Freeport Indonesia will discuss investment stability, future operations, divestment and the company’s plans to build a smelter, Teguh said.
The miner will be allowed to return to its CoW if a mutual agreement between Freeport Indonesia and the government cannot be made by October. However, it will not be allowed to export any copper concentrates.
Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of US-based Freeport McMoRan, has refused to accept the demand from the government that it must convert its CoW into an IUPK. The company argues that an IUPK would effectively annul its CoW signed in 1991.
Freeport previously said it did not want to give up the rights listed in its present CoW. (bbn)  


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