Keep Growing, The Mining Sector Supports NTB’s Economy During the Pandemic

MATARAM –The signal of economic recession is getting stronger.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati confirmed that the Indonesian economy will experience a recession in the third quarter of 2020.Concern about a recession is getting bigger with the soaring number of positive COVID-19 cases.The government’s calculation shows that economic growth will contract in the range of minus 1.1 to 0.2 percent.

In the midst of the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government admits that the mining, agriculture and plantation, and construction sectors are capable of doing activities optimally.One example is the province of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), where realized investment and productivity from the mining sector contributed significantly to the economy of NTB.According to the Head of the One Stop Integrated Investment and Licensing Service (DPMPTSP), H Mohammad Rum, of the total investment that had entered NTB in the first quarter (TW I), as much as 50 percent came from the mining sector.

The mining sector cannot be separated from the economic foundations of the NTB province.In the second quarter of 2020, the mining and excavation sector which grew by 47.78 percent was able to withstand the decline in the NTB economy.In the second quarter, the NTB economy contracted 1.4 percent, but without the mining and quarrying sector, the contraction would be even deeper, reaching 7.97 percent.

Amman Mineral’s Batu Hijau Mine is a major contributor to the growth of the mining sector in NTB.During the COVID-19 pandemic, Amman Mineral’s productivity increased through the implementation of strict health protocols in an effort to protect its employees.During that period, Amman Mineral succeeded in increasing productivity including electricity production, the highest since 1999, shovel operational productivity by 46 percent and trucks by 25 percent.

“Discipline in implementing the COVID-19 prevention protocol at the Batu Hijau mine is the key to improving our performance during the pandemic period.This discipline comes from the awareness of all individuals, so we really appreciate all employees and business partners who are consistently struggling together in today’s difficult conditions, “said Kartika Octaviana, Head of Corporate Communications Amman Mineral.

All employees and business partners must go through self-quarantine for 2 weeks at the facilities provided by the company before entering the Batu Hijau mine.Amman Mineral is working with a number of hotels in Mataram for this centralized self-isolation facility.This collaboration can also help the local economy in the tourism sector keep turning.Not only that, on a larger scale, Amman Mineral is listed as the second largest contributor to mineral Non-Tax State Revenue (PNBP) in Indonesia in 2019.

“What we have done and achieved is a manifestation of our commitment to Indonesia’s economic development, especially NTB, to rise from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.This motivation and enthusiasm are in line with the enthusiasm echoed in the commemoration of Mining and Energy Day 2020 which is commemorated on September 28, namely Mining and Energy, Awakening for Advanced Indonesia, “concluded Kartika.