ASEAN Energy, Infrastructure, and Mining Sectors Updates
Indonesia and the World Trade Organization seem to be moving ever closer to a “showdown” over the Government’s continuing expansion of the scope of the ban on the export of less than fully processed and refined metal minerals.
While waiting for the decision on the long running European challenge to its ban on Nickel Ore exports and notwithstanding the decision is expected to be against Indonesia, the Government has chosen to “up the ante” by announcing a ban on the export of Tin as of the end of 2022 as well as forthcoming export bans on Bauxite Ore and Copper Concentrate. At the same time, Indonesia has been seeking to build support among G20 members for an acknowledgment of the importance of downstream processing and refining.
Given your interest in the ASEAN energy, infrastructure and mining sectors, I am attaching a complimentary copy of an article I have recently written on how the impending “showdown” between Indonesia and the World Trade Organization is likely to “play out”. An earlier version of this article appeared in the October – November 2022 issue of Coal Asia Magazine.