– The provision of metal mineral export relaxation for copper, iron, lead or zinc commodities until 31 May 2024 which was granted by the government still reaps pros and cons in society.

Most recently the Indonesian Energy, Mineral and Coal Supplier Association (ASPEBINDO) has asked for this policy to be reconsidered.

Chairman of ASPEBINDO, Anggawira conveyed that export relaxation should not be a stand-alone regulation but accompanied by further strict supervision. He proposed an alternative policy that regulates mineral commodities.

“The mineral sector has different products and different challenges. Would it be better if there were commodity regulations so that we could follow up on relaxed commodities. So far, relaxation has been given but there has been no real impact on the progress of downstream minerals, which is the government’s mission,” said Anggawira in statement in Jakarta, Thursday 22 June 2023.

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On the other hand, Deputy Chairperson of ASPEBINDO, Fathul Nugoro appreciated the mineral downstream policy that had been implemented by President Jokowi, for this reason, according to him, there should be no reason to delay the downstream minerals that the government had pushed for.

“This policy is a positive policy, because the impact can be tenfold, as well as this downstream policy, which includes banning mineral exports and building a domestic smelter industry. For this reason, the government must be consistent and provide strict sanctions,” said Fathul.

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Director of Mineral and Coal Downstreaming at the Ministry of Investment/BKPM, Hasyim, confirmed that the steps taken by the government are in accordance with the spirit of mineral downstreaming which is the president’s program.

“We continue to encourage businesses in the product industry to build industries in Indonesia. We invite investors and the regions to be ready at this time and we will provide policy support,” said Hasyim

Reflecting from a legal point of view, Irine Handika, the Team for Energy Law at the UGM Center for Energy Studies, views that this relaxation of mineral exports must be followed up. He highlighted the need for a bridging policy, a regulation that specifically regulates each group of minerals.

“We propose a bridging policy, namely a policy under a law that is easy to execute, namely through the R-Perpres. It begins with identifying minerals that play an important role in the downstream and classifying them in a critical and strategic mineral platform,” said Irine.

Irine also highlighted the legal standing of this relaxation because the governance of government regulation laws should not give rise to new norms.

“I invite all of us to think about whether we want to continue relaxing exports with the candy earlier. If we look at the so-called candy, it can only regulate norms that are technically administrative in nature and there are limitations to the statutory system, namely the candy may not create new norms, meaning that is it the right choice for us to regulate a candy to become a very powerful candy, as it is now? several times,” said Irine

By Chavez

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