Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG)

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.

ABG disappointed in National Govt

“The National Government has consistently failed to meet its obligations under the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA),” Dr Momis states.

“The JSB was established as the primary mechanism under the Bougainville Peace Agreement through which ABG and the National Government must consult and resolve disputes.”

Momis further expresses his disappointment, saying the National Government has failed to respect the role of the JSB by using it as a rubber stamp to push through its own views at the expense of the Bougainville people.

​Women protest against Panguna reopening

The women, supported by youths, men and children, were disputing the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), proposed to take place in Panguna tomorrow (June 16), between the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and Panguna landowners. This will see Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) return to reopen the Mine before June 2019.

ABG purchases shares

The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) Minister for Economic Development, Fidelis Semoso made the statement during the ABG’s recent purchase of five hundred thousand shares (K1 per share) in the Bougainville Import and Export General Corporation Limited (BIEG) worth K500, 000.

“Despite the current economic turmoil in the country, the ABG continues to strive to create tangible economic development on Bougainville.

“The purchase of the shares signifies the ABG’s commitment to give meaning to economic recovery on Bougainville,” said Semoso.

ABG focused on developing media in region

This move has seen the upgrade of the NBC Bougainville facilities where the ABG committed K5 million to improve the coverage and broadcasting of the radio station.

In opening the facility ABG President, Dr John Momis said this included the procurement of new studio broadcast equipment, renovation to the Hutjena studio, procurement of a brand new fully digital 10 kilowatt shortwave transmitter.