Minister of EMR: Mineral and Coal Bill Must Meet Five Basic Principles

Thursday, 13 February 2020 - Dibaca 888 kali

MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES

REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

PRESS RELEASE

NUMBER: 071.Pers/04/SJI/2020

Date: 13 February 2020

Minister of EMR: Mineral and Coal Bill Must Meet Five Basic Principles

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR), Arifin Tasrif, asserts that the Mineral and Coal Bill, which will be immediately processed by the Work Committee (Panja) of the Mineral and Coal Bill Revision of the House of Representatives, must meet five basic principles, namely economic growth, energy security, avoidance of resources scarcity, avoidance of environmental degradation, and sustainable development.

"To make sure that mineral and coal management can be done optimally and in a fair manner as well as give maximum benefit for people's prosperity, there are several basic principles in the Mineral and Coal Bill, namely economic growth, energy security, avoidance of resources scarcity, avoidance of environmental degradation, and sustainable development", said Arifin in a Work Meeting with Commission VII of the House of Representatives discussing the Revision of Law Number 4 of 2009 on Mineral and Coal Mining in Jakarta, Thursday (13/2).

The Mineral and Coal Bill, Arifin continues, will discuss 13 main issues that call special attention, namely:

1. solution of cross-sectoral problems

2. reinforcement of mining area concept

3. reinforcement of added-value increase policy

4. encouragement of exploration to discover coal deposits

5. special arrangement about rocks business license

6. size of mining license area

7. IUP/IUPK period

8. accommodation of Constitutional Court's decision and Law Number 23 of 2014

9. reinforcement of the government's fostering and supervision roles by regional governments

10. reinforcement of SOE's roles

11. operation continuation of Contract of Work/Coal Contract of Work in Special Mining Business License

12. Community Mining License

13. availability of national mineral and coal management plan.

The Mineral and Coal Bill has gone through a long process since 11 April 2018 when Speaker of the House sent a letter to the President about the submission of Mineral and Coal Bill Draft. The Work Meeting between Commission VII of the House and Minister of EMR on 27 January 2020 requested the names of the people to be government representatives in the Mineral and Coal Bill meetings with the Work Committee of the House.

Meanwhile, speaking about members of the Work Committee on the Mineral and Coal Bill, Chair of Commission VII Sugeng Suparwoto said that the Work Committee which was made up of the House and the government representatives had been decided today.

"The Work Committee on the Mineral and Coal Bill has been decided to consist of 20 people representing the House and 60 people representing the government which come from the Ministry of EMR, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Law and Human Rights," Sugeng explained.

"Next Monday, members of the Work Committee will discuss the Inventory of Problems already collected by the House and the government. We'll work simultaneously with the Omnibus Law discussion for synergy; so, there is no provision of the Mineral and Coal Law contradicting those of the Omnibus Law," continued Sugeng. (IY)

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