Indonesia May Drop Mining Export Ban

The Indonesian government appears about to relax or drop altogether provisions in a controversial law requiring mining companies to construct smelters to process ore domestically, officials said on Feb. 16 in Jakarta. Sudirman Said, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, told reporters that the government needs to review its mineral ore export ban policy as Indonesia's smelting capacity will still not be sufficient by 2017. Bambang Gatot, the director general of coal and minerals, said the government would also review the full ban for nickel ore and bauxite exports.

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