JAKARTA Jan 28 Indonesia plans to issue export
quotas for processed minerals and concentrates soon, a senior
mines ministry official said, as the government seeks to take
greater control over shipments of its natural resources.
Hersonyo Wibowo, chief of mineral production supervision at
the mines and energy ministry, said the new regulation could be
issued within the next few days.
"We have to control mineral exports. We are also worried
that once purification facilities (smelters) are ready there may
be no (ore) reserves left," Wibowo said at an industry
The ministry is also in dicussion with the finance ministry
over an export tax on mineral concentrate that has forced copper
miners Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and Newmont Mining
Corp to suspend overseas shipments.
(Reporting by Fergus Jensen and Wilda Asmarini; Writing by
Randy Fabi; Editing by Ed Davies)