JAKARTA Jan 8 Up to 200,000 workers at bauxite
mines in Indonesia may be laid off under proposed new rules on
mineral processing due to come into effect on Sunday, an
official from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce told reporters
Earlier, the mining ministry met with industry associations
to discuss processing requirements that are intended to push
miners to develop downstream processing facilities and give
Southeast Asia's largest economy a greater return for the
minerals it produces.
However, under the proposed changes, bauxite ore exports
would still be completely banned from January 12, said Didie
Suwondho, chairman of the Chamber's special taskforce for
mineral processing, with only exports of smelter-grade alumina,
chemical-grade alumina and aluminium to be allowed.
"We think this situation will result in layoffs of between
150,000 and 200,000 workers," Suwondho said.
(Reporting by Wilda Asmarini; Writing by Fergus Jensen)