Three Ministers Visit Papua to Inspect Freeport Indonesia

Freeport mining area in Timika -
Freeport mining area in Timika –

Tembagapura, Jubi – Three ministers conducted a visit to inspect the operation area of PT Freeport Indonesia and also discuss the use of domestic products that in the company’s operations.

The three ministers are Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Sudirman Said, Minister of Industry Saleh Husain and Minister of Development Planning / Head of Bappenas Djalil.

“We came here in order to know its latter condition as well as to conduct meetings with the directors and government officials in Papua and West Papua,” said Sudirman said in Tembagapura, Papua, on last week.

According to Sudirman, the visit was intended to evaluate the performance of PT Freeport Indonesia and also to look at the possibility of the mining company using local products made by state-owned enterprises.
“Under the direction of President Jokowi, PT Freeport can use local products in its operations. Therefore, we invited a number of BUMN in this visit, “said Sudirman.

A number of state-owned enterprises who participated in the review are Pertamina, Bukit Asam, Indonesia Cement, Pindad, and Krakatau Steel.
“We encourage all BUMN to see the opportunities to cooperate with PT. Freeport,” he said.

Three ministers visited a number of PT Freeport Indonesia mine sites located in Tembagapura like Grasberg, DMLZ underground mines, as well as the processing of seeds.

Total employees of Freeport Indonesia reached 30,004 people with a composition of 21 462 people or 72 percent of non-Papuans, 7772 people or 26 percent of Papuans, as well as 770 people or two percent of foreign workers. (*)