Immigration Director: Witnessing PTFI’s Contribution to Papua and Indonesia
15 January 2024
Director General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia, Silmy Karim, conducted a working visit to the Mimika region, Central Papua Province and to PT Freeport Indonesia mining site on January 9-11, 2024.
The arrival of the Immigration Director was welcomed by the PTFI President Director, Tony Wenas at Rimba Papua Hotel. On this occasion, Tony Wenas said, “PTFI’s operations is closely tied to the support and collaboration between PTFI and the Immigration Directorate General. This visit aims to directly observe Freeport’s mining operations as a significant contributor to Papua and Indonesia.”.
During is visit to PTFI, the immigration Director explored the Grasberg open pit, Minegem control center, Church, and Mosque in the DMLZ underground mine, and also Kuala Kencana city. Silmy admitted, “The company has provided equipped facilities for its employees, making Freeport’s employees remain productive and are able to worship God.”
He also appreciated PTFI for its commitment for environmental management and preserving the natural surroundings while carrying out mining operations in the Central Papua Province. The Director General also inspected the Immigration Work Unit Office (UKK) in Tembagapura, that was established with the collaboration by PTFI and the Immigration Directorate General at the end of 2018, to handle immigration affairs of residents and employees in PTFI’s Highland area.
“Despite being away from the busy city, the dedication and service in this office remain high, reflecting the renewed spirit of advanced Indonesian Immigration,” said the Director General.
In 2023, UKK Tembagapura issued 247 passports, 174 new limited stay permit (ITAS), 559 ITAS extensions, and 61 visa extensions for foreign nationals.
This service and collaboration continue to run smoothly, providing benefits to the residents of Tembagapura as immigration document processing becomes more accessible, eliminating the need to travel to Timika.
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