Autonomous Region of Bougainville

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.

Tatevi: Agriculture is key to Bougainville economy

According to expert analysis done by major cocoa and copra buyers in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, more and more direct export is needed.

Managing Director for the Bougainville Commodity Exporters, which is the subsidiary company of the Bougainville Integrated Resources Development (BIRDC), Pais Tatevi told PNG Loop. there is no other way now but only agriculture.

“With the moratorium in place we can’t do anything in regards to mining, because there is already a law in place that says no mining.” Tatevi said.

Kenai envisions Buka Town to be tourism gateway

In an exclusive interview with Loop PNG the Buka town manager Eddie Kenai said it is one of his main objectives.

“This is the gate way into the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and it must be attractive, beautiful and most importantly clean,” Kenai said.

“We have already got a tourism development Programme in place and our focus is to make Buka the tourism hub for the whole of Bougainville, and also our other focus is to make sure our tourism infrastructures are in place guest houses  and so on,” he said.

Former top cop raises security concerns for AROB

Former Buka Police Station Commander, Cletus Tsien, said this when addressing a crusade on Sunday in Buka.

He told the gathering that Bougainville needs to put safety first and not be blinded by other less important stuff.

“As a former police commander I know facts about security here. Guns we have here now are more than the guns we had in the crisis,” Tsien said.

“Our sources in the atolls tell us they have sighted ships, up to three and four sightings per day. What they do we don’t know, illegal fishing? Drug trafficking?”     

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