New AROB Chief Secretary, Nobetau ready to work

A collaborative approach to give effect to the key objectives of the Bougainville Peace Agreement will be the cornerstone of how new ABG Chief Secretary, Joseph Nobetau will run the public service.

Nobetau formally assumed his duties as the ABG’s Chief Secretary this week.

“I recognise that this will be no easy task and given the ongoing fiscal and capacity constraints acknowledge that much work needs to be done.

“As Chief Secretary my sole priority is to build the capacity of the Public Service so that we can deliver on the expectations of the government and the people,” said Nobetau.

Over the coming weeks the new Chief Secretary will be meeting with Departmental Heads to discuss some of the key challenges that the government faces.

In line with the ABG President, Dr John Momis’ recent ministerial statement to parliament, key discussions of Nobetau’s discussions with the departmental heads will be on how to enhance Bougainville’s current fiscal position.

Discussions will also include building on development initiatives to deliver real outcomes, increase levels of private sector investment, enhance and build key enabling infrastructure and build more information and communication channels so that people can understand and contribute to the work the government is involved in.

“I strongly believe in partnership, this extends to working with the President, government, departmental heads as well as our key development and private partners.

“By working together and ensuring we align resources to deliver effective development outcomes we will be better placed to meet the President’s very clear expectations,” said Nobetau.

Nobetau assured the ABG leadership and the bureaucracy that he was determined to change the current trends and corporate culture that were considered dead weight in the public service.

He said he intends to formulate a new corporate plan for the Bougainville Public Service to ensure its efficiency and mistakes of the past were avoided.



Troy Taule