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President says Freeport Smelter in Gresik will open 40,000 jobs

The Minister said earlier, during the construction period alone there will be 40 thousand workers, who can work. This means that there will be a lot of job opportunities in Gresik Regency

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said the construction of the PT Freeport Indonesia copper refining and processing (smelter) installation in Gresik, East Java, will absorb up to 40 thousand workers.

“The Minister said earlier that during the construction period alone there will be 40 thousand workers who can work. This means that there will be a lot of job opportunities in Gresik Regency and East Java Province,” the President said at the time groundbreaking in the Gresik Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Gresik Regency, East Java, Tuesday.

President Jokowi said the number of open job opportunities in East Java (East Java) will be even greater, if the smelter construction has been completed and is ready to operate.

President Jokowi said the creation of job opportunities from industrial activities is one of the important goals to meet the needs of the community.

The creation of employment opportunities is one of the added values ​​resulting from the utilization of natural resources. The impact of job creation can also provide direct benefits for the surrounding community, namely an increase in income.

“This goals which is important for the people,” said President Jokowi.

Therefore, President Jokowi encourages every industry engaged in mining and mineral and coal to carry out downstreaming.

The downstream process will also encourage domestic industries to be more independent and develop, because they are not dependent on mining processing activities in other countries.

President Jokoei explained that the Freeport smelter in Gresik is capable of processing 1.7 million tons of copper concentrate per year. With that capacity, a smelter built by design single line It is also referred to as the largest smelter in the world.

“You can imagine 1.7 million tons. If it is loaded onto a small truck, usually carrying 3-4 tons, that means how many trucks will be lined up here? If (each truck) only contains 3 tons, it means that there are 600 thousand lined up here. Imagine, this big (big),” explained President Jokowi.

Also present at the inauguration were Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, SOE Minister Erick Thohir, ESDM Minister Arifin Tasrif, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, and related officials.

Reporter: Indra Arief Pribadi
Editor: Risbiani Fardaniah
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