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Statement of KPK (Deputy Chairperson, Laode M Syarif) in BO Conference

Jakarta – Deputy Chairperson of the KPK Laode M Syarif said that many of the mines were unknown. They owe the state Rp. 23 trillion for not paying taxes.

Laode explained that about 24 percent of mining companies are not known who owns it. These anonymous companies also never pay taxes and are expected to cost the country up to Rp. 23 trillion.

“About 24 percent of the mining companies do not have a tax file number. They have debts to the state of around Rp 23 trillion and we do not know at all who owns these companies,” Laode said.

After several names of Indonesian officials and businessmen leaked in the Panama Papers in 2016, Indonesia and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) launched a target of beneficial ownership (BO) in the mining industry. This target is a complex step that cannot be completed in a short time.

“I don’t think there is a need for BO roadmaps anymore, because we have actually tried it. Just practice how to do it. If you make a roadmap again, it’s longer,” said ESDM Minister Ignasius Jonan on the same occasion.

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