ESDM Launches Extractive Data Portal, Here's Why

Jakarta, The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) in collaboration with the World Bank on Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) launched the Extractive Industry Data Portal.

Through the portal, all parties can access data related to the oil and gas sector, as well as minerals and coal.

 Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Dadan Kusdiana explained that the launch of the Extractive Industry Data Portal is expected to improve the quality of accountability of extractive industry management in Indonesia.

 "So if Simbara is specialized in Minerba. If this is for public use so that there is a principle of openness, everyone will see," said Dadan at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Building, quoted on Friday (15/12/2023).

 According to him, this data portal is intended so that the wider community can see that the extractive industry, in addition to providing considerable benefits, on the other hand also has a commitment to environmental aspects and regional equity.

 Dadan hopes that the Extractive Industry Data Portal contains strategic data and information on oil and gas and mineral and coal from the upstream side. Starting from regulations, licensing, exploration, production, sales, state revenue, to data on revenue sharing to the regions that can be a reference for policy making.

 "In principle, we want to convey related data so that it can be accepted by the public, whatever the data is, starting from production, starting from revenue, starting from utilization. Maybe later we will also enter aspects related to social aspects," he said.

 Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance appreciates the concrete steps that have been taken in realizing the Extractive Data Portal. This portal is expected to be a link between raw data owned by various Ministries, so that it can be accessed by the general public in an easy-to-use open data format.

 "As well as enabling more in-depth analysis to support improved governance of the oil and gas, mineral and coal mining sectors," said Ministerial Expert Staff for Bureaucratic Organization and Information Technology at the Ministry of Finance Muhammad Agus Rafiudin.

 By providing open access to raw data, Agus said the portal will be a powerful tool to improve accountability and reduce the potential for corrupt practices in the extractive industry sector.

 He assessed that with increased transparency, relevant parties, both from the government, industry, and civil society will have a better understanding of the operations of the oil and gas and mineral and coal mining sectors.

 "In addition, this portal is also expected to encourage corruption prevention efforts by ensuring that every aspect of natural resource extraction is closely monitored and implemented with high integrity," Agus explained.

 This data portal can be viewed on the website. 

Sources : CNBC INDONESIA- Dec 15.23

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