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Jakarta Post

Germany complains RI nickel export ban will ruin ‘struggling’ steel industry

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 4, 2019   /  03:57 pm
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Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Bahlil Lahadalia, together with representatives from the Indonesian Nickel Mining Association (APNI) and the Processing and Smelting Companies Association (AP3I) share a light moment after a meeting on nickel ore exports in Jakarta on Tuesday.(The Jakarta Post/Adrian Wail Akhlas)

Supporting a European Union decision to take Indonesia to the World Trade Organization (WTO), a visiting senior official said Germany was “not happy” with Jakarta’s decision to fast track its nickel ore export ban and the impact it was having on a core German industrial pillar. Speaking to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, the director general for Asia and the Pacific at Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, Petra Sigmund, said Indonesia’s policy would severely affect the productivity of German steel producers amid global headwinds in manufacturing. “It will affect our steel industry because it goes into steel production. And our European steel producers are also struggling to survive, so it will alter their business conditions,” Sigmund said in Jakarta. “That's why we are not happy with the decision.” Indonesia has surp...