President Jokowi: Natural Resources Shall be Used Carefully
Date 10 Januari 2017
President Jokowi stressed that the use of natural resources such as mineral and coal must be carefully calculated.
Although Indonesia currently has the 10th largest mineral and coal reserves in the world, it has to be remembered that the reserves are predicted to be used up in the next 83 years, the President said.
The principle that we have to uphold is that the use of natural resources must be for the greatest prosperity of the Indonesian people, the President said at the limited cabinet meeting on the Implementation of Mineral and Coal Mining Activities at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Tuesday (10/1).
President Jokowi also said that the management of natural resources must always take into account the aspects of benefits, sustainability, and the environment. Most importantly, the President further said, it must also take the national interest into account.
Also attending the meeting were Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, Minister of the Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Minister of State-owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of the National Land Agency Sofyan Djalil, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna H. Laoly, Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong, and Chief of the Indonesian National Police General Tito Karnavian. (DNA/FID/ES) (EP/YM/Naster)