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Monday, 3 Jumadil Akhir 1439 / 19 February 2018

Govt and Freeport end dispute on divestment, smelter

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Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan

Foto: Widodo S Jusuf/Antara

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said the government and PT Freeport Indonesia have concluded talks on divestment and smelter issues. 

"As for the divestment and smelter problem an agreement has in principle been reached. There is only taxation issue left to be discussed," the minister said after meeting President Joko Widodo here on Monday. 

The government has demanded the subsidiary of the U.S. mining giant Freeport McMoran Inc. to divest its majority share to the government and build a smelter for its copper concentrate in exchange for the extension of its operation license.

Jonan said Freeport, which operates the world's largest gold mine and third largest copper mine in Papua, had agreed to divest 51 percent of its share , but the method of divestment has yet to be negotiated. 

He said there is final negotiation on the taxation issue this month "but it is more an area of the finance ministry."

The government has been in dispute with Freeport over tax regulation, royalty , 51 percent divestment stake and requirement to process its copper concentrate into metal.

 

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