The Nuclear Controling Agent (Bapeten) as executor of nuclear licencing and inspection system (Balis) warned that export-import of nuclear elements within the framework of the Indonesian Single Window (INSW) related to dual use must be under strict control. Officials and personnel afield were still worried about possible infiltration of nuclear and radioactive elements. Nuclear was a mass destructive weapon which might appear in many forms even as small as a capsule. Nuclear technology had been constantly advancing.
“Especially in the development of health products, medicine, the advancement has been remarkable but we never know if there is any infiltration, nuclear imported not for the purpose of medicine but abused not for peace but for threat such as terrorism”. Edy Putra lrawady, Deputy Coordinating Minister if Industry and Trading, Coordinating Ministry of Economy disclosed to the editor.
Import export activities especially of ionizing radiation element and nuclear element was today accelerating. In line with that, trans-national and trans-international traffic of deliveries were also mounting up and such brought their impact on national and international security system. The problem had become not only the focus of attention trans-nationally but also regionally internationally.
The case of trading of radioactive components had become a global problem. An effective control system must be exercised and nuclear traffic must be monitored strictly and accurately.
“We support Bapeten in terms of controlling. The aspects of technology for productivity, controlling and services have been of utmost importance, but it still has to be followed by selective screening because nuclear is basically of dual use; the commercial and military uses are inseparable” Eddy Putra was quoted as saying.
As written in Law no. 10/1997 on nuclear affairs, Bapeten as the supervisory body which was designated to be the guardian Institution. The control system was focused on utilization of radio active elements based on the standard of application. All were only for peaceful purposes upholding the 3-S principle i.e. safety, security and safeguards. “The working procedure of INSW is like a club. Every unit must contribute and collaborate. Meaning we are working according to the respective institution. The INSW in Bapetan and INSW in all institutions are guardians of national security. With the augmented public service, our NSW would be complete”. Eddy Putra remarked.
In playing the role as controller, Bapeten was running three mechanism i.e. regulation, inspection and permit. INSW was not only confined to ASEAN but it included also the whole world. The NSW system was to intergrate the internet networking for customs, documentation of export and import. From initial stage to final. The guarantee of data and information included permit documents, harbors procedures and others systems. “INSW involves 18 service units of import-export of 15 institutions. Enhancement of service effectiveness by four aspects which are our concern especially in relation to use of products, i.e. for business or for arms.” Eddy Putra remarked.
Meanwhile Head of Bapeten Asnatio Lesmana stated that controlling of nuclear traffic was essentially to ensure safety of radioactive of nuclear elements. Development of security effort was proclaimed by the President of RI through statement in Nuclear Security Summit II (NSS II) in Seoul South Korea. The statement clearly underscored that radio active from nuclear was a strategic commodity which was not only useful for peaceful means but also for hostile means. Bepeten saw the need to evade the risk of nuclear absolutely to prevent any irresponsible group from misusing it. Another problem was Indonesia’s wide expanse which tend to open loopholes for destructive modus of operandi. Naturally preventive operations must be single minded and well coordinated, involving other authorized institutions “Our NSW would do the review and based on the review outcome the Customs Department would do the clearing for good’s entry or exit. The Director of Permit planned run an approval procedure system. In the past before there was the Balls Permit issuance Body it might take three days to apply for permit. But now in a matter of two hours, or one day at the longest, green light could be given. We need to energize economic activities, moreover in the present dynamic global market" Asnatio Lesmana disclosed to the editor.
Bapeten would conduct an executive meeting with two main agenda. Bapeten would formulate some steps to manage controlling over radioactive pension an nuclear elements. Controling system over free trade zones in harbors or in bonded warehouse would be tightened. There would be meetings involving the ministries of economy, politics and security, research and technology, finance, trading, industry, health, transportation, and the Board of Drug and Food Control, import and export companies of nuclear goods, and INSW team. “In terms of control over nuclear, the material or the radio active, from the time they are tapped, processed, until finally buried, they will be strictly checked and controlled by our personnel. The same applies to entry of goods, the flow must comply to our permit system. No abuse would be tolerated, but we are doing our best to make nuclear and radio active security system in Indonesia better and better.”
Business News - December 7, 2012