A Good Ban
The processing of nickel ore domestically brings more economic benefits. It could also reduce the current account deficit.
The government’s initiative to bring forward the ban on the export of raw mining products deserves support. At a time of global economic weakness and a collapse in the price of Indonesia’s main commodities, developing the downstream mining sector could be one way to reduce the current account deficit.
The energy and mineral resources ministry is to ban the export of nickel from January 1, 2020, two years earlier than the orig...