Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG)

President announces Bougainville’s Cabinet

The Ministers are as follows:

UN congratulates Bougainvilleans

UN Resident Coordinator in PNG, Gianluca Rampolla, said: “Throughout the process, Bougainvilleans exhibited deep rooted respect for human rights and democratic principles and demonstrated a profound commitment to peace.

“Once again a woman has been elected outside of the reserved seats in Bougainville, which is a significant milestone for women’s political participation in Papua New Guinea.

NSO & ABG Sign MOU for Census

Acting National Statistician John Igitoi said the NSO is partnering with provincial administrations to share costs.

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville was the first to establish this partnership.

Officers of the National Statistical Office are now traveling the Eastern part of the highlands region to create similar Memorandum of Agreements with Provincial Administrations in cost-sharing. 

Acting National Statistician John Igitoi said the NSO is positioning itself to cut costs.

ARoB liquor ban extended

The Bougainville Executive Council made the decision this week, following public outcry from local communities across Bougainville for a total liquor ban during the aftermath of the referendum.

The acting Chief Secretary to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Thomas Raivet, issued a circular to all Bougainville Public Servants notifying of this extension.

The Bougainville Police Service has been directed to maintain surveillance on all affected liquor shops including any ‘black market’ outlets across Bougainville.

ABG addresses missing boat situation

In a statement, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) said the team had been conducting a regular monitoring trip to Nissan Island as part of the TB/HIV program implemented by the Department of Health in collaboration with implementing partners, Catholic Health Services and Save The Children.

“Seven passengers were aboard the boat that went missing, including three health workers, a referred patient from Nissan Health Centre and chaperone, and the boat skipper and assistant crew member.

Potential deferral of B’ville referendum

The National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) have initially agreed to set a target date for June 15th, 2019.

However, the processes that will lead up to it are yet to be established by both the National Government and the ABG.

Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, Bertie Ahern, said there has to be a certainty of funding to fund the referendum and the Constitutional Regulations must be in place before progress is made.

Upfront agreement on referendum outcome needed

They also recommend that that these steps to be documented and signed off so that the people are clear about how the outcome will be implemented before the vote.

PNG National Research Institute (NRI) Director, Dr Osborne Sanida, said this during the recent launching of the report.

BCL wishes to create goodwill

He also said the company wishes to create goodwill among communities as they plan to redevelop Panguna Mine.

Togolo said this following the company’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday.

Togolo said it was important to note that BCL was a PNG company with both the PNG and ABG governments as major shareholders.

“The National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government have 36.4 percent each. They own the company because they have significant interest in the company on behalf of their respective people,” said Togolo.

2018 ABG budget presented

ABG Treasury and Finance Minister, Robin Wilson, presented the budget to Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, in Port Moresby today.

Wilson said the budget focuses on empowering the economic sector to boost the local economy.

The East New Britain Provincial Government also presented its provincial budget to Abel today.

ABG Treasury Minister, Wilson, said the ABG budget mainly focused on improving internal revenue collection through empowering the economic sector.

Landowners applaud ABG

The Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA) said as evidenced by the recent warden’s hearing, the landowners for the first time were given the opportunity to speak their mind.

“The hearing clearly showed that BCL does not have the support of the community at large, even after a two-year exploration licence and a further period of nearly 18 months were given,” said SMLOA chairman Philip Miriori.