Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG)

Steamships To Return To ARoB

The first step is reclaiming the company’s former holdings in Bougainville by agreeing to abide by the terms of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) on inward investment.

Bray expressed the company's gratitude to the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the people of Bougainville for their confidence allowing the company to reclaim the lands they leased before the Bougainville crisis, and because of their history together, he hopes this relationship can continue.

ABG Invites Investors

Insurance firms in Papua New Guinea have a clause in their policies where it explicitly states that they will not offer insurance coverage for businesses that operate on Bougainville.

This policy was brought about due to the unfavourable business environment created in Bougainville as an aftermath of the ten-year civil war, from 1988 - 1998.

In the last twenty years since the 2001 signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, people have worked hard to cultivate a conducive business environment on Bougainville.

AROB Looks To Set Up Censorship Desk

To kick start the discussion on the process and arrangement, the team from the Department of Justice and Legal Services, comprising of Robert Aneisia and Luke Clancy held a meeting with Chief Censor, Jim Abani in Port Moresby, to establish an understanding on the opportunity to bring down censorship responsibilities to Bougainville, under the current political arrangement as provided for under the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

ABG Receives Administrative Powers

Vice Minister for Bougainville Affairs, Peter Tsiamalili said this at the National Coordination Office for Bougainville Affairs (NCOBA) Sharp Agreement Summit at the APEC Haus yesterday, Friday 26th November. Mr Tsiamalili said he was pleased at the outcome.

“I applaud both Prime Minister, James Marape and ABG President, Ishmael Toroama for their foresight and leadership in ensuring that the ABG achieves and administers its own affairs and finally exercising its full autonomy in preparation for its future political settlement.

Australia Supports Power Grid Upgrade

The K50 million (AUD19million) upgrades will support work to improve, restructure and transition grids in Buka and Arawa to renewable energy.

In a statement, Jon Philip said, “The upgrades are designed to connect businesses and communities to reliable, affordable and renewable electricity, as well as providing long-term capacity solutions and reducing operating costs.”

The upgrades to Buka and Arawa grids will connect neighboring areas to have access to more reliable electricity.

DPM Transfers Powers To ABG

Public Service Minister, Joe Sungi and DPM Secretary Taies Sansan were in Buka recently to handover powers during a momentous ceremony.

He acknowledged the tremendous work by his predecessor leaders who began the process and brought it this far.

The Public Service Ministry begun its support for the Bougainville Government since 2012, assisting the Bougainville Public Service from its transitional stages to the creation of the Public Service proper.

Bougainville opens legal year

President Ishmael Toroama made this statement during the opening of the 2021 Legal Year themed; ‘Partnering with the Community to Ensuring Effective delivery of Justice in Bougainville’.

Speaking at Arawa Town on Thursday (February 11th), President Toroama said Bougainvilleans must uphold law and order in the communities as responsible citizens.

Treasurer impressed with ABG budget

The ABG 2021 budget was received at Treasury on Thursday, January 7th, 2021.

Following the submission, the Treasurer said: “I was pleased to receive the 2021 Budget Submission from the Autonomous Bougainville Government for an appropriation of K390,489,916. The budget was delivered on behalf of the ABG President, Ishmael Toroama, by the ABG Minister for Finance and Treasury, Mathias Roman Salas.

“I was very impressed by a professional and concise overview of the budget presented by the ABG team, and enjoyed discussing some key budget issues.

Solutions proposed to enhance gender equality in elections

At the next meeting of the Bougainville Executive Council the Minister for Community Development, Thompson Gitovia, will share these recommendations for consideration.

President announces Bougainville’s Cabinet

The Ministers are as follows: