ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment of the Republic of Indonesia, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, stated that critical minerals are a long negotiation process.
According to him, the issue of critical minerals is in the common interest, and in the end the discussion can be brought closer.
“Regarding critical minerals, this was a long negotiation process, but in the end we were able to get closer that this is also a common interest,” he said, on Instagram, Saturday, November 18, 2023.
Luhut emphasized that without Indonesia, the United States really would not be able to meet its electric car needs by 2030.
“This means that the United States understands very well that without Indonesia they cannot meet the needs of eleven times the number of electric cars by 2030,” he said.
He admitted that he had spoken with the President’s Special Coordinator for global infrastructure and energy security at the US Department of State Amos Hochstein. Apart from that, Luhut also spoke with close aides to US President Joe Biden, as well as US security adviser Jack Sullivan, as well as other aides to President Biden.
“The point is actually to explain the survival problem, we are not banning all nickel ore, but after any derivative, please feel free to do so,” he said.
Then he emphasized that critical mineral reserves are savings for future generations.
Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Rosan Perkasa Roeslani also previously assessed critical minerals as important for Indonesia.
It should be noted, based on data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Indonesia is the country with the largest nickel reserves in the world, namely 21 million metric tons in 2022 or the equivalent of 22% of global reserves.
Apart from that, Indonesia’s nickel production is also in first place at 1 million metric tons, surpassing the Philippines’ production of only 370,000 metric tons and Russia’s 250,000 metric tons.
“Critical minerals are very important for Indonesia as a country that has the world’s largest nickel reserves. In my opinion, Indonesia can become a strategic partner for the United States in developing the electric vehicle ecosystem,” he said. (AT Network)
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