Indonesia revokes more than 2,000 mining and plantation permits

Indonesia revokes more than 2,000 mining and plantation permits
Indonesian President Joko Widodo wearing a protective mask gestures during an interview in Bebatu, near Tarakan, North Kalimantan province, Indonesia, on Oct 19, 2021.
PHOTO: Reuters

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Thursday (Jan 6) more than 2,000 mining, plantation and forest-use permits have been revoked due to non-compliance or because they had been unused, tightening oversight of the nation's natural resources.

Jokowi, as the president is known, said in a broadcast the action was taken to improve governance and transparency in the rich natural resources sector.

The permits revoked include 1,776 in metals and minerals mining, 302 in coal mining, as well as in forestry and plantations that cover more than three million hectares of land, spread across the archipelago.

"Permits that are not used, not productive, transferred to other parties and those that do not fit the required purposes are revoked," Jokowi said.

The president did not disclose any of the holders of the permits.

The government will offer a chance for farmers and civil society organisations to manage some of the assets by partnering with companies, he said, adding that the country will be open to "investors that are credible."

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