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Jakarta Post

Government digs deeper into alleged nickel export violations

  • Norman Harsono, Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 31, 2019   /  07:36 am
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Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan(JP/Seto Wardhana)

After the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) announced an immediately effective ban on nickel exports, affecting the global market for the metal, one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s most trusted assistants spoke out on the issue by backing the board’s decision, arguing it was necessary as part of efforts to investigate alleged irregularities in nickel exports. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has backed the decision to temporarily stop nickel ore exports, saying the temporary export ban, which will last between one and two weeks, was necessary to give customs and excise officers, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) and the Navy time to investigate alleged violations. “We’re doing this now because there’s information or intelligence saying ...