Condolences on the recent passing of Indonesia’s Vice Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wijajono Partowidagdo, while climbing Mt Tamboora on Sumbawa Island on Saturday afternoon as part of a mine site visit. He was keynote presenter at the OZMINE 2012 event held in Jakarta last week.
Mr Partowidagdo was a key policy maker in the government’s drive to tighten mining regulations. He was central to a looming government decision on whether to tax the export of most raw minerals ahead of a blanket ban proposed for 2014. The proposal is one of a series of regulations aimed at bringing more benefits of the country's natural resource wealth to Indonesian people.
Mr Partowidagdo left for the hike on Friday and collapsed on Saturday afternoon as he was climbing the 2800-metre volcano on Sumbawa Island, just east of the tourist islands Bali and Lombok.
A search and rescue helicopter team was delayed by heavy fog and managed to recover Mr Partowidagdo’s body only by late afternoon.