Indonesia: Analyst Pri Agung Rakhmanto, the executive director at Reforminer Institute, a think-tank of the energy and mineral industry has observed that mining mapping should be the foundation of mining industry management.
Rakhmanto was reacting to the overhaul in the permit system for mineral resources projects in the archipelago nation with the government issuing a ruling intended to prevent future overlapping claims in the mining industry and to curb excessive issuance of new permits.
Giving a cautious support to the government’s move, Rakhmanto observed that “The move is indeed positive, but it also indicates that the mining industry is being poorly managed if merely introducing a tender mechanism is considered a breakthrough,” he said.
Pri Agung questioned the basis of the government’s decision to issue mining business permits. “Should the government map Indonesia’s mining potential properly, there will be no problems,” he added. “Mining mapping should be the foundation of mining industry management.”
Source: Jakarta Globe