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16 Aug 2017, Aleen Joy Jarasa, EMIS Editor

Indonesia’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of the government’s mineral export ban ease

The petition for a judicial review of the Government Regulation No. 1/2017 and its implementing rules has been rejected by the Supreme Court. The legislation allows miners to ship overseas copper concentrates, low-grade nickel ore and washed bauxite so long as they commit to building smelters locally and divest 51 percent of their shares to national entities, The Jakarta Post noted.

The law expert representing the coalition of those opposing the policy said their side is yet to receive a copy of the ruling, which they will review to determine their next legal steps. A number of parties believe the policy benefited only mining giants, particularly PT Freeport Indonesia and PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara. The opposing party is also planning to protest another government policy permitting the temporary export of copper concentrates by Freeport.

Meanwhile, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry spokesman Dadan Kusdiana believes the ruling was just and should be respected.

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