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Indonesian mining firms find it tough going

A ban on mineral exports since 2014 is proving untenable. By Stefanus Ian

DISUSEL: This wash plant used to clean the soil from the ores is now no longer in operation due to the mineral export ban. In some places, villagers steal the plant's metal parts that can be detached to sell as scrap metal.

IT WAS barely four in the morning and Rosmin Mulyadi was already ferrying passengers. Armed with a Nokia analogue phone, he was busy answering calls from local residents who needed a ride across the Kapuas River in West Kalimantan on his speedboat.

Clad in a weather-worn T-shirt, faded