JAKARTA Jan 17 Indonesia may issue new tax
rules for mineral exports next week, a Finance Ministry official
said on Tuesday, after discussions with the Energy and Mineral
Resources Ministry, which recently changed rules on domestic
"We want the export duties to push domestic processing.
That's the principle," Suahasil Nazara, head of the Fiscal
Policy Office at the Finance Ministry, told reporters, adding
that the taxes were "not just for increasing state revenues".
"There's a high possibility we will continue with a scheme
that has layers, depending on completion of smelters," he added.
(Reporting by Hidayat Setiaji; Writing by Fergus Jensen;
Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)