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Potential loss of revenue from Freeport has reached 6 trillion rupiah

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PT Freeport Indonesia mining area in Mimika Regency, Papua – Jubi / IST

Jakarta, Jubi – The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) found that the potential loss of non-tax state revenues (PNBP) of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) Contract of Work for the period 2009-2015 amounted to 445.96 million US dollars or Rp6.02 trillion exchange rateith, w assumption Rp13.500 per US dollar).

Supreme Auditor IV BPK Saiful Anwar Nasution said the Government through Government Regulation Number 45 Year 2003 as already amended by Government Regulation Number 9 Year 2012, has determined the amount of fixed contribution rate, royalty and additional royalty, but PTFI still uses the tariff stated in Contract of Work (CoW) which amount lower, and not adjusted to the latest tariffs according to the government regulations, thus resulting in the loss of potential PNBP.

Based on Government Regulation No. 9 of 2012, copper royalty rates are set at 4 percent, gold 3.75 percent, silver 3.25 percent. While in the work contract, the copper royalty tariff is 3.75 percent, gold 1 percent, and silver 1 percent.

“According to the BPK, the royalty must be in accordance with the PP, but it has been fixed, while the fix it too late,” said Saiful during a discussion at the BPK Office, Jakarta, Tuesday (October 3). The main problems, one of which is internal control in the Freeport Indonesia Contract of Work includes the implementation of policies that result in the loss of potential revenue.

Nevertheless, Saiful confirms that BPK’s findings only show potential state losses, not state real losses.

“The potential is not really a material loss, if we do not do something, it could be a loss, so we recommend not to deposit it first, we recommend it to do something first, otherwise it is called a state loss” Saiful said.

Inspection of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) Working Contracts (PTFI) for 2013-2015 is conducted at the Ministry of ESDM, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (LHK) and other relevant agencies. The examination of PTFI COW 2013-2015 aims to assess PTFI’s compliance with its tax obligations, non-tax revenues (royalties and fixed fees) as well as export duties, assess compliance with environmental regulations and examine whether PTFI’s extension of contract and divestment PTFI’s shares have been in compliance with the laws and regulations.

The examination results of PTFI CoW concluded that the management of mineral mining at PTFI has not been fully implemented in accordance with the provisions in place to ensure the achievement of the principle of sustainable and environmentally sound natural resource utilization for the greatest prosperity of the Indonesian people.

The conclusions are based on the weaknesses occurring in the PTFI CoW from the aspects of state revenue, the environment, the extension of work contract and divestment of shares, whether related to internal control or compliance with the provisions of the law.

Based on the BPK data, the examination results of PTFI KK in 2013-2015 revealed 14 findings containing 21 problems. These issues include 11 weaknesses of the Internal Control System (SPI) and 10 non-compliance with statutory regulations valued at 181.45 thousand US dollars, or equivalent to Rp2.41 billion.

Earlier, in 1967, the Government of Indonesia signed a first generation agreement with one of the companies from the United States. The COW Agreement was renewed to the V-generation KK in 1991. PT Freeport Indonesia’s working areas include Blocks A and B which are spread over seven districts in Papua Province.

In the period 1967-2015, PTFI experienced several changes in the composition of shareholder ownership. As of December 31, 2015, 81.28 percent of PTFI’s shares are owned by Freeport McMoRan (FCX), while the Government of Indonesia and Indocopper each have 9.36 percent. But to note, Indocopper shares are wholly owned by FCX.

The issuance of Law Number 4 Year 2009 on Mineral and Coal Mining becomes the strong legal basis for the government in encouraging companies to develop and increase the added value and benefits of mining business activities optimally. In accordance with the mandate of Article 169 paragraph (2) of Law Number 4 of 2009, the provisions in Article PTFI CoW shall be adjusted (renegotiation) with the Government of Indonesia no later than 1 (one) year since its enactment.

Since 2010 KK renegotiations have been implemented by several government-formed teams. In 2015 the results of the renegotiation emphasize on six strategic issues, namely the area of ​​work, the continuation of mining operations, the state revenue of processing and refining obligations, divestment obligations and liability of the use of goods, services, and domestic labor.(Antara/Zely Ariane)

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Papua House of Representatives will promote Ambaidiru coffee

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Secretary of the Papua House of Representatives, Juliana J Waromi (standing) with several members of the House of Representatives during a meeting with the community, coffee farmers, and officials of Ambaidiru – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary of the Papua House of Representatives Juliana J Waromi said the house is ready to help the community of Ambaidiru Village, Kosiwo Sub-district, Yapen Islands District to promote their coffee.

She said she and several legislators visited the 60 hectares Ambaidiru coffee plantation area a few days ago in response to the aspiration of the local community. “I want to see it directly. If it’s good, I will help them to find a market. Based on my experience working with the Investment Coordination Board Papua for three years, I could promote the coffee to abroad,” said Waromi on (5/6/2018).

A coffee farmer Yulianus Maniamboy recently told Jubi that the coffee plantation in Ambaidiru firstly introduced in the Dutch era. The Dutch tried to plant it and worked. Ambaidiru coffee is now over 50 years old.

“Instead of in groups, we manage our commodity individually. Farmers dry their coffee by their own. There is no control, not centralised and consequently, the quality of coffee is still very varied. However, in the past years, we could produce a ton of coffee per month. That’s because there was no disruption and the management of the cooperative was good,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Local community must stop selling the land, says local legislator

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Indigenous Papuans in Kampung Urumb, Semangga District, Merauke District – Jubi / Frans L Kobun

Merauke, Jubi – A member of the Regional House of Representatives of Merauke Agency Hendrikus Hengky Ndiken appealed indigenous Papuans in Merauke on Wednesday (6/6/2018) to not selling the land anymore because it is the only assets of the Marind tribe.

“We should consider our children. If all land sold, what would left for future generation?” he asked.

Furthermore, he said customary leaders should play a role to remind people to not selling the land. He also asked the local community to no longer digging and mining the sand. “It can be noticed there are big holes everywhere in the mining areas flooded with seawater during the high tide.”

“For instance, the mining area in Kampung Urumb and surrounding areas where the sand excavation increasingly occurred. People better use the land for farming,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Unit Head of Merauke Civil Service Police Elyas Refra said his office conducts routine scrutiny on illegal sand mining. “Indeed, in some places, sand mining has occurred. We are persuasively approaching people to not digging the sand anymore because it is very hazardous and has an impact on the environment,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Frans L Kobun

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Developers must complete the permit for housing construction

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Illustration of the rapid growth of housing in Doyo Lama area. – Jubi/Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – As the rapid growth of housing construction in the areas of Sentani Timur, Sentani and Waibhu, the Head of Integrated Permit and Regional Investment Agency of Jayapura District Henock Puraro said developers should administer the IMB (Construction Permit) first for new housing constructions.

Developers who want to build new housings need to arrange an agreement with the tenure of landowners first. Then, they should complete the legal aspect of their proposal,” Puraro told reporter in Jayapura Regent Office at Gunung Merah, Sentani on Thursday (31/5/2018).

He said his office would soon publish about the spatial planning to the public in regards to the ongoing regional development process. “We will publish the system of city spatial planning including the regulation related to housing construction,” he said.

Similarly, the Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Jayapura District Henky Yoku said developers should consider the cultural, social and economic aspects of the local community.

“What is the impact of housing development on the local community? Developers cannot just build new housing then take a profit of it. They should take account of the sustainability of the local community who live surrounding the environment. Therefore there is a value added from this development,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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