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Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 02:50 WIB

Papua Governor Says Freeport Royalties Unfairly Distributed

Jakarta, Jubi / Merdeka.com – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe and four regents visited the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), Sudirman Said in his office on Friday (02/06/2015) to discus the future of PT Freeport Indonesia and its smelter development plan.

During the meeting, Enembe commented about the low royalties received by Papuans from Freeport Indonesia. A total of 80 percent of Freeport royalties are paid to the local government and 20 percent go to the central government.
The royalty for Papua is then divided into several regencies and Mimika regency gets only 32 percent.

He admitted, the distribution of royalties to several regencies in Papua seems uneven and the people who live around the mine or Mimika are treated unfairly because their portion is equal to those in other areas.

Mimika regent, Eltinus Omaleng reported the royalties received by Mimika regency is only Rp 200 billion per year and this number is too small. (*/Tina)

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