Indonesian Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Jero Wacik has signed a ministerial regulation to ban exports of metal ore beginning 2014.

The regulation stipulates that all raw materials, including gold, copper, nickel, bauxite and iron will have to be processed in the country, as mandated by the 2009 Minerals and Coal Laws.

The ban was aimed, among others, to boost the country’s metal production, to utilize the processed products for domestic purposes and by-products as raw material for chemical and fertilizer industries and to increase the country’s revenue.

The report quoted Deputy Energy and Mineral resources Minister Widjajono Partowidagdo as saying that the regulation did not oblige every mining company to build a smelter, but they were allowed t process the metal ore at any smelter in the country.