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Energy minister: 117 mining companies have yet to pay PNBP obligations

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The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) is still waiting for several mining companies that have not deposited their obligations to the state. These obligations include deposits of non-tax state revenue (PNBP).

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin Tasrif, said there are 117 companies that have not paid off their obligations to the state.

“Yes, that is the rule. We ask for immediate payment, so that all requirements are fulfilled,” said Arifin on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

Previously, Director General of Coal and Mineral at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Bambang Suswantono, said the consequences that must be accepted by companies that have not paid PNBP and royalties to the state are already stated in the rules.

“There are already rules, there are already obligations. We just have to carry out the rules, what’s the difficulty (of doing so)?. Our people are not orderly people,” he said recently.

In the latest development, 65 out of the total of 117 companies that have not deposited their obligations to the state have eventually fulfilled the summonses by the Directorate General of Mineral and Coal of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Work Plan and Budget

Minister Arifin said there are more than 100 companies, whose work plans and budgets have been approved by the government including those in nickel and coal businesses.

He said the ministry is always ready to serve companies which are willing to submit their work plan and budget in view of the fact that they cannot produce their commodities during the process.

The problem is that there are companies that have no sufficient human resources and capacity within their management structure to work on the work plan and budget.

“Do not just install an office, in a shop, that is guarded by 1 or 2 people. Tthe boss goes abroad and can’t pay Rp. 5-10 million, so like that, it must be addressed,” Arifin said.

He said the ministry of energy and mineral resources has simplified the requirement for work plan and budget from 27-point requirement to 10 points only. The ministry, he added, has also communicated with the mining companies on their problem in correlation with work plan and budget.

Some companies have problem with their IT entry system, or have to deal with unresponsive and personal issues.

“Now we want to fix them all… This year we want to make all neat. And hopefully,it will be easy in the future,” Arifin said, while adding that currently the work plan and budget submitted by mining companies will be efective for a 3-year period.

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