Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Minister of Investment/Head of BKPM Bahlil Lahadalia finally opened up about the reaction of Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) when he learned that Indonesia lost the European Union (EU) lawsuit at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in October 2022.
Indonesia lost the European Union’s lawsuit at the WTO regarding the nickel ore export ban issued in 2019. Minister Bahlil stated that, after Indonesia lost the lawsuit at the WTO, he then complained directly to President Jokowi.
“What did the President say? Be careful if a villager becomes president leadershipits strong. What did the president say? Mas Bahlil this country is already independent, this country has a government and its people are protected by law. You can’t give up on any country that wants to put pressure on us to fight the European Union at the WTO,” explained Minister Bahlil in a Public Lecture by the Minister of Investment/Head of BKPM at Sebelas Maret University (UNS), quoted on Thursday (24/8/2023).
Bahlil said that the reason the European Union sued Indonesia at the WTO was because the world was currently moving towards green energy and environmentally friendly industries. Where, materials to support these things require nickel.
Nickel as it is known for the raw material needs for electric vehicle batteries. “There are four raw materials for this battery; nickel, cobalt, manganese and lithium,” said Bahlil.
Indonesia has three of the four raw materials for electric batteries, namely nickel, cobalt and manganese. Bahlil said that only lithium is not owned by Indonesia.
Therefore, he said that other countries, including the European Union, are not willing to develop the country’s industry. This is what led to the tackle on the WTO. “This is world foreign policy to force us not to develop our industry in Indonesia,” said Bahlil.
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