Autonomous Region of Bougainville

NRI commences research into Bougainville Referendum

The Bougainville Referendum is an important national event with significant implications for both PNG and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ABG).

The Referendum will determine whether ABG will gain independence or remain autonomous.

The aim of the project, launched today, is to generate research-based information for informing relevant stakeholders in order to ensure that the process and outcome of the Referendum is credible.

Elections important for Bougainville

This is from an independent observation from an ex-combatant Ben Kamda, the former Rebel operations planner during the Crisis.

“Right now the election fever is so high and Bougainvilleans will be very careful in choosing candidates,” Kamda said.

“They will mostly be choosing candidates that are serious about Bougainville’s cause and the region’s political future.

Information Centres in Bougainville

This will allow people to access key issues such as the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the upcoming referendum.

Supported by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Peacebuilding Fund, the Community Information Center will serve as a “one-stop shop” where visitors can learn about the work of the ABG and the national government on the Referendum and implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

Weapons disposal program needed in Bougainville

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on the Bougainville Referendum and Southern Highlands Governor, William Powi, said this today following a recent trip to the island.

Powi said both issues were key milestone activities that needed to be addressed before the referendum, which was a significant and historic moment for them, could take place.

He stated firstly that there was a lot of misconception about the referendum and a major awareness drive was needed to inform everyone in Bougainville.

A challenge to Bougainville returning officials

The acting Electoral Commissioner for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, George Manu, made the statement when addressing election officials during their enrolment training workshop in Buka last Tuesday.

He urged the officials to be mindful of their behaviour and attitudes when performing their electoral duties.

“We do not want to repeat similar mistakes committed by ROs (returning officers) and AROs (assistant ROs) engaged during the past national election and ABG elections in Bougainville,” Manu said.

Confusion reigns over Remembrance Day holiday in AROB

This major confusion silently went unnoticed. It was also in breach of the Public Service Standing Orders of Papua New Guinea.

Remembrance Day fell on Saturday, July 23, according to the Standing Orders. There shouldn’t be any break on Monday unless a public holiday falls on a Sunday. Like Easter Sunday, the holiday is on a Monday.

SI Government plans Bougainville and PNG reconciliation

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Damukana Sogavare told LOOP PNG resolving past differences is the only path to true peace and security in the border regions.

“We have the Bougainvilleans also here, they come as observers, and we look at how we can do peace building on the border between PNG and Solomon Islands a bit better and in a way that can promote and harness peace among our people,” Sogavare said.

Bougainville civil war, the largest conflict in Oceania since WWII, raged for a decade from 1988, with thousands of lives lost.

Kapi Natto to visit Bougainville

He was officially invited by the Bougainville Football Federation president Justine Helele and the members of his association.

It will be also an opportunity for John Kapi Natto, as a candidate contesting the PNGFA president’s position, to brief the executives and partners in the region about his football plans before the PNGFA general meeting in Kimbe on August 7th, 2016.

​Competitive cash crop buying in Bougainville

Cocoa especially is the topic on everyone’s lips; searching for the best market around the region while local village buyers are going for K2 per kilo.

In Buka alone, the leading cocoa buyer now is Sankamap Exports with K535 per bag. It has now attracted farmers on Buka Island.

The highest buyer on Bougainville is the STI cocoa buying depot in Arawa – K600 per bag – while all others are on K420 and K480 per bag. There are a lot of middlemen and black market cocoa buying operations going on too.

PNG Air extends services to AROB

The airline will be carrying out its inaugural flight to Buka and Keita on its latest ATR plane on April 21.

The company aims to cater to the people by offering affordable prices and quality service to its customers.

Chief commercial officer Paul Abbot outlined that the airline aims to operate three flights a week that will cater to the Buka and Keita ports.

Last November during the company’s rebranding, Muralee Siva, PNG Air’s chief executive officer said the new ATR 72-600 aircraft is tailored for regional operations.