Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan assessed PT Freeport Indonesia’s contributionsto the country’s development during a discussion on the Jokowi administration at the Presidential Office.
According to Luhut, there was no need to associate development in Papua with Freeport because United Statesmining companies did not significantly contribute to development.
“Some time ago [at the World Bank Annual Meeting withthe IMF] in the US, people asked me about Papua,” Luhut said during a discussion at the FMB9 gathering at the Presidential Office on Oct. 18.
“I said ‘Don’t you know our investment in Papua wasUS$10 billion while their investment was only $4 million?’So don’t allude toFreeport anymore, because they have not contributed that much [to development].”
In one provision that the government firmly stands by, Freeport must divest 51 percent ofits shares.
After three years ofa Jokowi-led administration, development has gone well, with infrastructure development not only happening in Java, but also outside of Java, he said.
Furthermore, the construction of the trans-Papua road is ongoing. Development of the most isolated and outermost regions is a key focus of the Jokowi administration.
Luhut also described various achievements in other sectors, including in the maritime and tourism sectors.
* This article was previously published on kompas.com with the title “Luhut Sindir Kontribusi Freeport di Papua”