Ministers encouraged to work hard

“We are at a transitionary phase from autonomy to independence where we are creating a new chapter for Bougainville,” Toroama said in his ministerial statement on June 8th.

“This requires us to be innovative and absolute in our commitment to Bougainville as we introduce new ideas, new ways of doing things and a new mindset that is focused on political independence that is complemented by socioeconomic growth.

Unique challenges for B’ville

Chief Secretary of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Shadrach Himata, outlined that the three main areas are; deliver goods and services to our people, deliver a country for our people and build an economy for Bougainville.

“These three are equally our priorities at the same time,” stated Chief Secretary Himata.

“I challenge all public servants that these efforts will require sacrifices to be made, and our patriotic spirit to help manage this task before us.

“This also calls for the public service to step up and to start burning the midnight oil.

JSB Resolution Signed

The signing of resolutions on Friday 22nd April signifies the acceptance of both governments regarding the resolutions of the Joint Technical Team.

The Co-chairs signed the Joint Technical Team resolutions directing that the Joint Legal Technical working group immediately commence discussions on drafting the Constitutional Regulations, commence preparations of a Report to the 11th National Parliament in 2023 and also, the JSB proper to be convened at a later date in Kimbe, West New Britain Province.

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.

B’ville disability policy launched

The Bougainville Disability Policy was endorsed by the Bougainville Executive Council and launched by Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) Minister for Community Development, Thompson J. Gitovea.

The launch coincided with this year’s International Day of People with Disability celebrations.

Bougainvilleans with disability have welcomed the new policy and are confident this policy will create more awareness and promote better community participation.

‘My father will go down like the captain of the Titanic’: life on the Pacific’s disappearing islands

Displacement Tracking Underway

This is funded by the United States Agency for International Development's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID-BHA).
IOM in partnership with the National Disaster Centre (NDC), IOM is delivering a Training of Trainer (ToT) on DTM to 23 officials working on disaster at national, provincial and district level from 21 provinces, including the National Capital District and Autonomous Region of Bougainville.  

Vaccine Directions: AROB and Foreign Missions

For Bougainville, effective Wednesday 5th May and in force for the duration of the pandemic, or as amended in writing by the Controller:

The Bougainville Department of Health is authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccination under the Papua New Guinea Government National Vaccination program;

Referendum ready program launched

The event was held at Tanei Village in the Tonsu Constituency on Sunday.

On the 18th of November 2020, the Bougainville House of Representatives passed a motion on the Bougainville Independence Mission.

This motion called upon all Bougainvilleans to make it their duty to ensure that Bougainville is prepared to attain its full sovereign powers as an independent sovereign state.

Everyday People PNG: Ishmael Toroama

One of the comics I read was about British Special Forces who said of a commander who had rescued high-ranking officials: “If only we have such people like him, we will win the war”.

This stirred me up and became a driving force in me.
I was working when the Crisis erupted, so I went and joined Francis Ona. In the early days, after two years, I was the main man behind Ona. I was one of his bodyguards; that was when we were fighting with the security forces. When they move in one direction, we move Ona the other way.