(MP) The government will help all pulp and paper producers as long as they do not damage forests.
The government will encourage more investments in pulp industry by providing more operating license in eastern Indonesian forests.
The Industrial Minister MS Hidayat said that the government planned to expand the pulp and paper industry to eastern Indonesia, including Papua, because of its vast tracts of forest.
“In future, we plan to expand the development of the pulp and paper industry to eastern Indonesia,” he said, adding that the expansion would help Indonesia increase pulp and paper exports.
Minister Hidayat urged pulp and paper producers not to damage forests to avoid criticism by foreign NGOs.
“The government will help all pulp and paper producers as long as they do not damage forests as foreign NGOs have claimed,” he said. “We will help pulp and paper companies as long as their production processes run properly.”
Meanwhile, the Director General of Forestry Production of the Forestry Department Hadi Daryanto, said proposal for license in Papua is growing lately after the government tried to guide investments especially in pulp and paper industry to the easten part of the country.
Indonesia is the ninth-largest pulp producer and the eleventh-largest paper producer in the world.
As one of the world’s biggest pulp and paper producers, Indonesia should defend its positions against negative campaigns by foreign NGOs.
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