The Mid Term Development Plan (MTDP) was launched in Buka November 11 and describes the growth and development of law and justice service delivery through targeted investments in its workforce, systems and infrastructure.
The Plan was designed over the last year by the Bougainville Law and Justice Working Group, comprising representatives of both Bougainville and National agencies, as well as community groups, and with the support of the Australian Government through the PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership – Transition Program (PALJP-TP).
When launching the plan, Police Minister, Willie Masiu,: “This is our commitment for the people, by which they will hold us accountable. I launch this plan by putting it back into the hands of the representatives of the people, with our commitment that we will do our very best to improve the law and justice services in Bougainville.”
Kearnneth Nanei, Secretary for Police, Correctional Service and Justice said the MTDP was a collaborative effort.
“The chief goal of the Working Group is to provide the people of Bougainville with the best possible law and justice services. The Plan fulfils this objective, as well as the Bougainville Peace Agreement, to rebuild law and justice institutions in Bougainville, and to guide the delivery of law and justice services to 2019,” said Nanei.
Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor Rod Hilton described the MTDP as a symbol of the strong and enduring partnership between the Governments of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
“Our shared objective is to improve and expand services that promote peace, justice and security in Bougainville. The Mid Term Development Plan is a result of that shared objective. The Australian Government is pleased to support an initiative where both the Government and people are actively working together towards building a more just and fair society for all,” Hilton said.
The Australian Government is committed to supporting the Autonomous Region of Bougainville’s vision for improved and expanded law and justice services, through developments to systems, workforce capacity and infrastructure. Recently, the Australian and Bougainvillean Governments officially opened several infrastructure projects in Buin and Arawa, and Australia will continue this and other support from 2016-2019.