Bougainville News: Handover Takeover and more condemnation of Pauguna Jubilee Report

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The Autonomous Bougainville Government Cabinet formally assumed their new ministerial portfolios today as part of the new restructure that sees the reorganization of the Bougainville Public Service.

ABG President Chief Dr John Momis urged the Ministers of his cabinet to collaboratively take control and issue directives that must be adhered to by the public service.

“If people do not want to adhere to the legitimated instructions by the ministers then I am prepared to accept their resignations,” the President warned.

“For too long we have been condoning underperformance and in some cases deliberate acts of insubordination from public servants who are consistently and systematically misbehaving within the Public Service,” President Momis said.

President Momis also encouraged his ministers to build a rapport with the departmental secretaries of their respective ministries to ensure cooperation and efficient service delivery.

The President said with Bougainville reduced to basic humanity during the Crises it is the responsibility of the leaders to work twice as hard to ensure the people of Bougainville receive good services from the government.

The President said the ABG and the Bougainville Administration must work together in a united fashion to project an image of a team that can confront issues and find solutions.

The Ministerial Portfolios of the ABG Cabinet in its present form stands as;

John L Momis             Department of the President and Bougainville Executive Council

President

Patrick Nisira                                                 Department of Police and Corrections

Vice President

Rev. Joseph Nopei                                          Department of Justice and the Principal Legal Adviser

Minister for Justice

Albert Punghau                                               Department of Treasury and Finance

Minister for Treasury and Finance

Bougainville landowners say NGO should be ashamed

The nine landowner associations around the Panguna mine in Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville are mystified by claims local villagers oppose a return to mining.

The NGO, Jubilee Australia, spoke to 65 villagers and says many remain traumatised by the civil war, have not been properly consulted and do not back a return to large scale mining.

But the nine landowner groups say the research is wrong and Jubilee Australia should be ashamed.

Therese Jaintong is the chair of one of the groups, the Siokatei Association.

She says if they were critiquing why did they not check with the landowner groups, which have strong support around the mine site.

“That is our concern. If some people are speaking against us, we are hearing loud and clear, but the majority have spoken through the regional forums. We feel that we are doing everything right on the ground. We are not leaving any stone unturned. We are consulting with our people, widely.”

Therese Jaintong, the chair of the Siokatei Association on Bougainville

Panguna LO’s on Jubilee Report

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The nine Landowner Association of the Areas affected by the Panguna Mine have joined in the chorus to condemn the seemingly shallow report by Jubilee Australia.

The Jubilee Report claims that the voices of mine-affected communities ‘have been distant from recent public discussion’ about the possible reopening of the Panguna, closed since 1989 as a result of the Bougainville conflict.

The Report is critical of ABG consultation with landowners which Jubilee suggests have largely excluded communities around the mine.

The independent statement by the 9 chairpersons of the Landowner Associations supports a previous statement issued by Autonomous Bougainville Government President Chief Dr John Momis.

The signed statement by the 9 Associations said that the report “Voices of Bougainville: Nikana Kangsi, Nikana Dong Damana (Our Land, Our Future)” gives the implication that the ABG is forcing the Mining agenda without proper consultation with the landowners.

The report incorrectly refers to the Unite Panguna Mine Affected Landowners Association (UPMALA) which consists of nine landowner associations from the six mine lease areas which the chairpersons clarified saying UPMALA has ceased some 12 months ago and that there are 4 and not 6 mine lease areas.

The statement also question why the report was done secretly without proper consultation with the landowners association and the ABG to help gather accurate information to provide an object view of the research.

The 9 associations said the 65 subjects of the report whose views opposed the reopening of the mine are not anywhere near a majority and cannot be used to represent every single landowner in Panguna.

“This interviewees were not picked randomly so there is no possible way the report could be representative of everyone’s views,” they said.

Chair Persons are now calling on Jubilee Australia to apologize to the peoplf of the mine affected areas for presenting a wrong, misleading and divisive picture of what the landowners really think about mining.

The nine landowners are Bernadine Kiira, Chairlady of Lower Tailings Association, Theresa Jaintong, Chairlady of Siokatei Association, Jude Genu, Chairman of Uruawa/Rorovana Association, John Simiko, Chairman South West Coastal Corridor Association, Lawrence Daveona, Chairman Special Mine Lease Association, Lawrence Uakai, Chairman Bolave Fish Owners Association, Paul Tavuio, Chairman Mid Tailings Association, Michael Parui, Chairman Upper Tailings Associaion and Peter Miriona, Port Mine Access Road Association.

Bougainville News: President Momis slams Jubilee Panguna report as ‘Irresponsible’

 

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Jubilee Australia Report ‘Irresponsible’: Bougainville President

The President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ABG), the Honourable Chief John Momis, has attacked a recent Jubilee Australia report on Bougainville’s Panguna mine, describing it as misleading and irresponsible.

The mine, operated by Bougainville Copper Ltd (53 per cent owned by Rio Tino) at Panguna, in Bougainville, from 1972 to 1989, when it was closed by violent conflict. It has not reopened since.

The Report has been released by Jubilee ( www.jubileeaustralia.org/page/resources) and was  launched at public functions in Sydney and in Parliament House in Canberra by Christine Milne, Leader of the Greens.

The President said: ‘The Report is factually inaccurate, biased, methodologically unsound, and dishonest in claiming that interviews with 65 individuals selected by its authors from the 10,000 or so people in the affected areas allows it to represent the voices of them and the 300,000 people of Bougainville.’

The Jubilee Report claims that the voices of mine-affected communities ‘have been distant from recent public discussion’ about the possible reopening of the Panguna, closed since 1989 as a result of the Bougainville conflict. The Report is critical of ABG consultation with landowners which Jubilee suggests have largely excluded communities around the mine.

‘Far from being excluded, affected landowners have been at the centre of all discussions regarding Panguna since they commenced in 2009’, said President Momis.

‘There may indeed be individuals who have not been able to, or have chosen not to, participate in consultations. In part this reflects the ABG’s extremely limited resources, and the real barriers of geography and politics that we face, including an armed dissident road block which has restricted access to the Panguna area for 17 years.

‘But the ABG and representative landowner associations have gone to great lengths to overcome these barriers, undertaking numerous consultations at village and regional levels and with all major Bougainvillean stakeholders.

‘The overwhelming response is support for reopening the mine, but only if it can be done in a way that avoids the extremely negative effects of earlier mining and ensures that Bougainvilleans receive a fair share of mining’s benefits’, said President Momis.

‘But’, he said, ‘all the 65 individuals selected by Jubilee for interview are reported to be against reopening the mine. Such an outcome does not seem credible unless the researchers interviewed only people that they knew opposed mining.’

Jubilee statements to the press go further, claiming ‘near unanimity among the Pangunans that they do not want mining’. President Momis said: ‘This being an area where mining caused great harm, there are individuals and some communities who oppose mining. But nothing in Jubilee’s Report substantiates this gross overgeneralization and misrepresentation’.

President Momis refuted Jubilee’s allegations that the ABG has ‘initiated a campaign to reopen the Panguna mine’. He said: ‘If the strict conditions sought by the landowners and the ABG cannot be satisfied, the ABG will not allow the mine to be reopened’.

The President has today written to the Board of Jubilee Australia saying: ‘The Jubilee Report is deeply flawed. Jubilee Australia’s Board bears responsibility for allowing such a misleading and irresponsible document to be released, and for limiting and redressing the damage it can cause.’

 

 

Bougainville News : Major survey report finds re-opening of the mine should not be linked to independence of Bougainville

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Jubilee Australia has released its report ‘Voices of Bougainville: Nikana Kangsi, Nikana Dong Damana (Our Land, Our Future)’ at a series gathering of academics, representatives of non-government organisations and community members throughout Australia including Canberra which Bougainville News attended

The report reflects the voices of people living in the vicinity of the Panguna Mine, regarding the proposed re-opening of the mine by Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper Ltd. Closed in 1989 by local communities devastated by the damage it had caused their environment and social structures, the mine’s closure was followed by a brutal ten-year civil war during which more than 10,000 people were estimated to have died.

For a copy of the report, see:   http://www.jubileeaustralia.org/page/resources

‘The people from the villages in the Panguna Region are those who have been most affected by the mine, and who will be most affected in the future should it reopen. It is vital that their insights be more deeply understood and considered by all of the parties involved,’ commented Brynnie Goodwill, CEO of Jubilee Australia.

Sixty-five people individually and one group of seventeen people, from villages in the vicinity of the mine, were interviewed regarding their feelings about the mine, the war that followed its closure, its potential re-opening and issues that still need addressing.

‘Huge number of abuses are still buried inside people’s hearts,’ said one villager from the Panguna region. (Report, p39).

People interviewed were also asked about how they saw development of their communities for the future. Concerns were raised that pressure to re-open the mine from the Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments, with the Autonomous Bougainville Government, have been linked to the long-sought after independence of Bougainville.

An almost unanimous view from those interviewed was that they did not want the re-opening of the mine to be linked to independence of Bougainville, but rather independence to occur first, and for Bougainvilleans to then determine their options for going forward. The report documents significant concerns about land being held for future generations, and an interest in exploring alternatives to large-scale mining to support an independent Bougainville.

‘While the report focuses on perspectives held by villagers in Panguna and the surrounding communities, these same views are shared by many Bougainvilleans across the island,’ said a member from the north of Bougainville attending the event.

For more information contact Brynnie Goodwill 0404 896 396 International +61404896396 brynnie@jubileeaustralia.org

And from the Guardian

A survey of Bougainville villagers has revealed strong opposition to the proposed reopening of the mine which was at the centre of the island’s decade-long civil war.

Media reports had suggested there was support for the Panguna copper and gold mine as a source of national revenue, with a referendum looming on the island’s independence from Papua New Guinea. The mine has been closed since 1989.

The Jubilee Australia research foundation conducted the survey in 10 villages or hamlets around the Panguna mine at the end of 2013, and found “near universal” opposition to the reopening, as well as unhappiness and mistrust of the consultation process.

The mine – majority owned by Rio Tinto’s Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) – has been central to Bougainville’s economy since the 1970s, but dissatisfaction with the way it was run and its environmental and social effects escalated into a civil war between 1988 and 1998.

It’s estimated as many as 15,000 people died by the time of the 2001 peace agreement, which included a deferred referendum for full independence, scheduled to occur between 2015 and 2020.

The Jubilee report, Voices of Bougainville, found continued resentment and mistrust of the PNG defence forces, Australia and BCL because of their roles in the conflict, and that this has led to mistrust of discussions around reopening the mine.

The report found a “sizable majority” of respondents felt that lasting peace had not been restored, despite an end to the violence. Smaller groups felt the peace process was an initiative to serve the needs of Australia or Papua New Guinea.

Respondents were also “deeply critical” of recent consultations about the mine, which they said had not fully included affected communities and certain demographics such as young people, women and elders.

“Others felt that there had been misleading statements in the media about the enthusiasm of Panguna residents for the mine reopening, and about what the reopening would mean,” the report said.

“We’ve been getting such a strong message from the media, but hearing things on the ground was quite different,” Jubilee’s chairman, Luke Fletcher, told Guardian Australia.

Fletcher conceded there was always the chance of self-censorship among respondents, and that the surveyed villages still had some connection to the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, but said the research was strong.

“I think we felt that the results are so clear that even if there has been a bit of self-censorship the picture we’ve got is certainly enough to question the main narrative.”

Fletcher suggested particular groups were pushing for an early referendum and this was likely to be linked to discussions around reopening the mine.

“Our feeling is that this urgency is one of the reasons why there is some pressure being placed on landowners to make a decision quickly,” Fletcher said. “Once Bougainville gets its independence, Bougainvillians might have more of a say in their future,” he said.

“It seems plausible to see the push to get an agreement in before the referendum as a push for certainty, both for people in Bougainville as well as outside interest groups, for example BCL.”

The Greens leader, Christine Milne, Labor MP Melissa Parke and independent MP Cathy McGowan will launch the Voices of Bougainville report in parliament next month.

Milne said it was “increasingly apparent” that Australian mining companies were not consulting local communities, that they were “making deals” with governments and that as a result local people had suffered.

“The civil war in Bougainville should really remain very front and centre in people’s minds, because there is no doubt that the mine was front and centre to that whole war erupting,” she told Guardian Australia.

“It’s pretty apparent the local community don’t want it, they see the environmental impacts and the social impacts, they don’t trust that they would ever see any benefit from the mine, because they haven’t in the past.”

In August, Rio Tinto announced it would be reviewing its options in BCL after the Bougainville parliament passed a bill stripping the company of seven exploration licenses and its special mining lease for Panguna.

BCL chairman Peter Taylor told the ABC the legislation was confusing and described it as a setback.

“It may be that Rio Tinto decides to pursue its investment, it may not, but I can’t speculate.”

Bougainville president John Momis said the legislation gave BCL the first right of refusal on the mining licence, but no more.

“If we didn’t [cancel the licences], the landowners and the ex-combatants wouldn’t have allowed BCL to come back,” Momis told ABC.

 

Bougainville News: Community involvement and orientation is what will make tourism a success.

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Disasters, hardships, problems and difficulties have been a part of all human existence since Adam and Eve were left to elope freely in proverbial Paradise.

Our Bougainville not proverbial, it is a real Paradise. And in real Paradise we also have real problems. Often we are very quick off our heels to criticize our government the ABG, or ridicule our leaders, the people we elect to our Parliament.

Comment by Simon Pentanu pictured above with Zhon Bosco Miriona ,James Tanis and Colin Cowell

Or have a swipe at our public servants from time to time when matters we might be pursuing do not turn out as we want them. But I think if we stop and take a breather, look around us, have a conversation with ourselves and with others we will see and find that Bougainville has made – and is making – real progress. It may not be exponential stuff to make your eyes pop out or make you open your mouth and gasp for oxygen in astonishment but hey, it’s real; it is visible and it is tangible.

Our Government is tasked with responsibilities and obligations it has to meet and fulfill in ways that no Province or the even the National Government is faced with. Foremost among these responsibilities has been the enormously brain-draining task of drawing down of powers as agreed and sanctioned in the BPA. Much closer to home has been the preparation and awareness towards the impending vote on Referendum. In between of course they are a myriads of other things that ABG has to contend with or is expected to deliver.

Bougainville will deliver on the agreements our leaders have signed and on the promises they have made if we all put our differences and personal inclinations and persuasions aside and support ABG; support our leaders; in the most ultimate sense this means supporting ourselves as we map out, tick off or think more and more about where we desire Bougainville to go.

Any government and leaders we get are what we chose and give ourselves: government by the people, for the people and of the people. I think in Bougainville we want to also add to this and say we want a government that goes to the people.

In recent times there has been quite a number of what we might say are goo-read, feel-good, mind-caressing stories emerging out of ARoB. We read in the national dailies how a number of our businessmen and businesswomen are contributing to youth programs and activities.

It might be Diparus and Ipiung sponsoring soccer and other local sports tournaments in Arawa. Or it might be Gerard Masa and other businessmen in Buka sponsoring volleyball tournaments in their respective COEs on Buka. Other businesses in the south are helping in similar ways.

WHAT does this tell us? It tells us two things. First, it shows that our Bougainvillean inherent gift of sharing our successes with others is still very much alive. Second, the importance of volunteerism to promote and put Bougainville on the map is important. It is gaining momentum. We must support and grow the spirit of volunteerism in us.

This past week I was involved in helping in two global activities that have involved individuals volunteering their time. One of these activities is the subject of this article: Kindles for schools in Bougainville.

The article speaks for itself. It has taken the time and effort, never mind ingenuity, of two individuals worlds apart to come together hoping that what they have started will be embraced by everyone towards a real education revolution, from cradle to grave, on Bougainville.

Our Education authorities must also get in on this. There is always this thing about bureaucratic stamp of approval. James and Colin need to pursue this.

The rest of us do not need convincing. As the late Nelson Mandela says: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Mandela is a towering, but calm and collected personality who changed the political course and shape and re-birthed South Africa in the most profound way a leader can do so for his country. Bougainville has a lot of positives to learn from South Africa. I was fortunate to meet the man in Durban in 2000.

There is a famous Chinese philosopher, Lao Tse who said some eons ago: “Go to the People”. The Chinese Communist Party today is delivering education to the people as one of the biggest all time industries to develop its people. Teaching English in China is a very big industry, yes industry. The exponential growth of China is not possible without education. China has 1.3 billion people and growing. Bougainville has less than 300,000 people. WE can do it with tactical and strategical planning and with leaders leading from the front and a lot of volunteers in the trenches with a lot of spirit to boot.

The past four months have seen four to five cruise ships call into Buka and Kieta. The tourism industry has a lot of potential to develop in Bougainville.

But it must develop slowly with a lot of thought and planning and much common sense. Private tourist operators and genuine community involvement is what will grow tourism. Bougainville for the first time made a real good impact at the recent PNG Tourism conference, forum and expo in Port Moresby. The opening entertainment act to the Conference was provided by a Buka entertainment troupe of beautiful dancers. What a treat as the opening salvo. It was opportune, it was a seller to Bougainville tourism. Sometimes I think God is always on our side but we don’t want to listen to Him. Thanks to Zhon Bosco Miriona and mentor Colin Colwell. I learnt a lot while helping and it was wonderful to see our former President, Tanis, in blue helping out at Nature Park as well.

Again volunteering time and effort is good for Bougainville in all sorts of ways. We must help private operators and agents in all centres. Buin has a lot of potential. Most of all community involvement and orientation is what will make tourism a success.

Go Kindles | Go Tourism | Go Bougainville | Go to the People ABG | Volunteer |

Simple Simon

 

 

Bougainville leads the way in PNG developing and using digital education technology

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Founders of the book-gain-ville project Colin Cowell and former ABG President James Tanis were at the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) PNG Symposium to give a presentation on the Bougainville education revolution using Kindle e-readers known as ‘Bookgainville’, an initiative to improve literacy throughout Bougainville.

As reported in Port Moresby by EMTV

Bookgainville is the brainchild of Colin Cowell, from Canberra in Australia who once lived in Bougainville almost forty (40) years ago.
Cowell spent twenty-four (24) years working with and training Aboriginal communities across Australia.
He found his calling to help the people of the former crisis-torn island of Bougainville on a trip to deliver e-readers to students in a remote Panguna village.
Cowell started the Bookgainville project in Australia, with the guidance and support of the Indigenous Reading Project.
The project was launched at the Narinai Elementary school in Panguna district, the home of former ABG President James Tanis. It was then that the first 20 kindles were given, with feasting and celebration to signify the importance of the occasion.
The Bookgainville project is gaining momentum, with support technology and trained staff at the Arawa Women’s Training Centre. Cowell affirmed that sustainability is the key to the Bookgainville project.
A leadership group on ground, led by Mr James Tanis, is comprised of teachers and IT volunteers. The Kindles can contain up to 1400 books inside and cost $99 (Australian dollars).
The use of Kindles in third world countries has proven to be an outright success, using digital platforms and mobile connectivity to make books available to children and families who need them the most.
And with mobile use being prevalent in developing countries, such as PNG, World reader has also created a mobile app for android and featured phone devises. For the first time, folks have access to a library of books using a devise they own: their mobile phones.
In developing countries throughout the world, it has been seen that after 5 months in the e-reader Kindle program, children show significant improvements in fluency and comprehension.
The Bookgainville initiative has developed 11 libraries already in schools that never had libraries or books before, with each requiring 5 e-reader kindles with each kindle able to hold up to 1400 books.
The Bookgainville project received positive feedback at the PNG symposium and both Mr Cowell and Mr Tanis were greatly pleased by the outcome.
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Donations to support the project to purchase Kindles for schools in Bougainville can be made by contacting Collin Cowell on or +61401331251 or you can visit www.bookgainville.com for more information.
“Bougainville now leads the way in PNG developing and using digital education technology”
–       Colin Cowell
Photo Source: Colin Cowell

Bougainville Government news: Restructure of Ministers and departments heads to be advertised

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Bougainville will now advertise the senior positions within its public service as part of its restructure under the new Bougainville Public Service (Administration and Management) Act 2014.

All departmental head appointments will be made by the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee which consists of:

The President                                      Hon John Momis, GL, MHR

The Speaker                                        Hon Andrew Miriki

Church’s Representative                    Bishop Rev. Tim D Arthur

Women’s Representative                   Mrs Hona Holan

Bougainville Lawyer                          Mr Hubert Kikira

As for the purposes of appointing the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner the Bougainville Constitution requires that two National Government officers are added, these are Secretary of the Department for Personnel Management Mr John Kali and the PNG Electoral Commissioner Mr Andrew Trawen.

The Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee the Administration will shortly contract an executive recruitment firm to assist it and to make the departmental head appointments.

The firm will manage an open, transparent and merit-based recruitment process for the 14 departmental head positions, the two deputies in the Department of President and BEC and the urgent appointment of an Electoral Commissioner.

The timetable for the positions of Chief Secretary, Electoral Commissioner, Secretary of the Department of Administrative Services and Secretary of Treasury and Finance is:

  1. In the week of Monday 8 September the start of two weeks of advertising for all positions.
  2. Friday 26 September applications for these four positions will close.
  3. Friday 10 October the shortlist will be prepared in consultation with Mr John Kali.
  4. In the week of 20th October interviews will be conducted.
  5. In the week of 3 November, or earlier if the interviews and paperwork is completed, the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee will meet to consider independent panel’s recommendations and to make appointments.
  6. The timetable for the remaining departmental head positions is:
  1. Friday 12 September all positions descriptions for the remaining 11 departments and two Deputy Chief Secretary positions will be completed.
  2. The week of Monday 15 September the start of two weeks of advertising for all positions.
  3. Friday 3 October applications close.
  4. During October the recruitment firm will carry out referee and qualification checks and prepare the short lists for all positions.
  5. Interviews will take place in November and early December. All enquiries about the recruitment process will be directed to the contracted recruitment firm. This is important to ensure all applicants are treated fairly and evenly.
  6. From time to time the Administration will make announcements on the progress of the recruitment process.

The restructure of the Bougainville Public Service has also seen a minor reshuffle within the Autonomous Bougainville Cabinet to accommodate the changes.

The restructure sees the creation of new ministries while the Veterans Affairs, Peace, Media and Communication and Autonomy Ministries being absorbed by the new Department of the President and Bougainville Executive Council.

ABG President Chief Dr John Momis explained that the former ministries absorbed by the Department of the President and Bougainville Executive Council have been given priority and his office will see their coordination.

The minor ABG Cabinet reshuffle sees no new Ministers added but each Minister now has only one portfolio to deal with and work with their related department.

 

John L Momis    Department of the President and Bougainville Executive Council

President

Patrick Nisira                                                 Department of Police and Corrections

Vice President

Rev. Joseph Nopei                                          Department of Justice and the Principal Legal Adviser

Minister for Justice

Albert Punghau                                               Department of Treasury and Finance

Minister for Treasury and Finance

Joel Banam                                                     Department of Administrative Services

Minister for Administrative Services

Michael Oni                                                    Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy

Luke Karaston                                                            Department of Technical Services

Minister for Technical Services

Rose Pihei                                                       Department of Health

Minister for Health

John Tabaniman                                             Department of Education

Minister for Education

David Sisito                                                    Department of Community Government

Minister for Community Government

Melchior Dare                                                            Department of Community Development

Minister for Community Development

Nicholas Daku                                                            Department of Primary Industries

Minister for Primary Industries

Wilfred Komba                                              Department of Commerce and Tourism

Minister for Commerce and Tourism

Newton Kauva            Department of Lands, Physical Planning, Environment and Conservation

Minister for Lands, Physical Planning,

Environment and Conservation

As the Ministerial Titles, Portfolios and Responsibilities goes into effect this makes each cabinet member responsible for National government liaison and coordination and consultation and liaison with any relevant Parliamentary Sectoral and Advisory Committee of the House of Representatives.

Re-structuring of all departments in order to meet Cabinet’s service delivery and economic growth priorities.

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has started implementing the Bougainville Public Service (Management and Administration) Act 2014 which will see the re-structuring of all departments in order to meet Cabinet’s service delivery and economic growth priorities.

ABG President Chief Dr. John Momis who signed the instruments to begin the process on the 3rd of this month said the next six months will be a time of major change as all senior leadership roles are advertised and permanent appointments are made.

“I am very pleased to announce that acting on the advice of the Bougainville Executive Council I have today signed the instruments establishing 14 ministries in the Momis/Nisira Government,” Dr Momis said.

Dr Momis said that it is a radical restructure that is intended to meet Bougainville’s current and future needs and that Cabinet agrees that things have to change within the Administration of Bougainville.

“Business as usual is no longer acceptable, each of the new ministries has a supporting department,” Dr Momis added.

Acting under the authority of the recently passed Bougainville Senior Appointments Act 2014 the BEC has also made a number of acting appointments to the departmental head positions.

These are appointments until substantive Secretaries are recruited, but for no longer than six months. The acting appointments, effective as of the 3rd of August 2014, are:

Mr Puara Kamariki                Secretary for Administrative Services

Ms Brenda Tohiana                Secretary for Treasury and Finance

Mr Kearnneth Nanei               Secretary for Justice

Dr Anthony Pumpara             Secretary for Health

Mr Michael Meten                 Secretary for Education

Mr Ephraim Eminoni             Secretary for Police and Corrections

Mr Steven Burain                   Secretary for Mineral Resources and Energy

Mr Bernard Tzilu                   Secretary for Technical Services

Mr Herbert Kimai                  Secretary for Community Government

Mr Peter Nomoreke                Secretary for Primary Industries

Mr Lesley Tseraha                 Secretary for Community Development

Mr Albert Kinani                    Secretary for Commerce and Tourism

Mr Andrew Dovaro                Secretary for Lands, Physical Planning, Environment and Conservation

With these changes the current divisions are abolished, all current Chief Executive Officers (or acting CEOs) who have not been appointed to an acting departmental head role will retain their substantive position attached to the relevant department.

For the purposes of appointing the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner the Constitution requires that two National Government officers are added, these are National Secretary of the Department for Personnel Management Mr John Kali and the PNG Electoral Commissioner Mr Andrew Trawen.

 

Bougainville Education News: Japanese government shows their commitment to helping Bougainville

 

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The Japanese Government today signed the Grant Contracts approving the expansion of the Kawai Primary School in the Torokina District.

The new Japanese Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Morio Matsumoto represented the government of Japan while Kawai Primary School Board Chairman, Elius Rovi signed on behalf of the school. 

Amb Matsumoto said the signing of the project is a significant milestone for the people of Koromaketo Village where the school is located as this will provide basic essential infrastructure for the children.

“I firmly believe that our grant assistance will help ease classroom shortages faced by the chools and the provision of this classroom will give the students a better learning environment,” Amb Matsumoto said.

He added that education plays an important role in national development as well as in the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Since assuming office as the new Japanese Envoy to PNG three weeks ago this is Ambassador Matsumoto’s first official trip outside of the capital.

Mr Elius Rovi who signed on the school’s behalf said the people of the Torokina District were grateful to the Japanese people and their government for their help.

He said the project will go a long way in seeing developing the people of the surrounding areas within the proximity of Kawai Primary School.

The grant assistance of US$90,000.00 (K215, 000.00) will see the construction of one two block classrooms and a teacher’s house for the staff. The project will cater for the 91 students, 3 teachers and the 1750 community members that live around the proximity of the school. 

Also in attendance of the signing ceremony was Autonomous Bougainville Government President Chief Dr John Momis who again expressed his gratitude for the project.

“Bougainville and Japan share a strong bond that goes back a long time, so this project along with the 15 bridges already built by the Japanese government shows their commitment to helping Bougainville,” President Momis said. 

President Momis also welcomed the idea by the Japanese Government to continue with the bridge project throughout South Bougainville.

Urana

Pok Pok

 News update : Over 40 Kindles that can hold up to 1,400 ebooks have been distributed to 8 Bougainville schools in the past week by James Tanis www.bookgainville.com .Donations welcome

 

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Bougainville Political News :Bougainville’s referendum does not guarantee the region’s independence

Momis with Pokawin

 

Bougainvilleans must work to ensure all the pre-conditions of the referendum set in the Bougainville Peace Agreement are met to enable the self determination of Bougainville is done consensually,”

Former Manus Province and Chancellor of the University of PNG, Stephan Pokawin pictured above with President Momis

Story and photos Anthony Kaybing

Bougainville’s referendum does not guarantee the region’s independence but is the process in which Bougainville must follow to determine its political future

Former Manus Province and Chancellor of the University of PNG, Stephan Pokawin said this during the Gathering our Intellectual Capacity toward our Journey to Referendum Seminar hosted by the Bougainville Students Association at UPNG last Saturday.

Mr Pokawin explained that referendum is only exclusive to Bougainville as guaranteed by part 14 of the PNG Constitution and is only available to Bougainville between 2015 and 2020.

“If the Constitutional Commission allows for referendum to be exercised in Bougainville then the ABG is obligated to ensure that it is followed through,” Mr Pokawin said.

Mr Pokawin also warned that if Bougainville misses this five year window then it will not be given another chance as agreed to in the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the ensured with the Bougainville and PNG constitutions.

Mr Pokawin said that Bougainville since PNG’s Independence has charted the course of the country’s politics from the early calls of autonomy and decentralization of which ABG President Chief Dr John Momis is regarded as its key architect.

He also urged Bougainvilleans to create a safe and secure environment that is conducive for the referendum to be held.

“Bougainvilleans must work to ensure all the pre-conditions of the referendum set in the Bougainville Peace Agreement are met to enable the self determination of Bougainville is done consensually,” he said.

Mr Pokawin who was an instrumental figure in brokering peace on Bougainville also shares the same view as President Momis emphasizing that for Bougainville’s referendum to be successful there is an urgency for unity amongst the people.

“Bougainville has given the true meaning of Autonomy in Papua New Guinea as it pursues it political future while also paving the way for decentralization in the country,” Mr Pokawin remarked.

“It has set the pace for development in this country but in order to get to where we want we must work together and to work with the government, ABG to strengthen its capacity,” Mr Pokawin said.

 

Bougainville Political News: Many questions on Bougainville’s unity -Momis

President Momis welcomed by Bougainvillean students

“The only intelligent and legitimate way of bringing about unity is to create a structure that empowers people and recognizes the important principal of subsidiarity and only then will we work together in solidarity,”

President Momis pictured above being greeted by Bougainville students

There are currently many questions on Bougainville’s unity but this unity cannot happen with the imposition of uniformity amongst the people.

Autonomous Bougainville Government President Chief Dr John Momis expressed this sentiment during a Seminar hosted by the University of Papua New Guinea Bougainville Students Association themed Gathering Intellectual Capacity toward our Journey to Referendum.

“The only intelligent and legitimate way of bringing about unity is to create a structure that empowers people and recognizes the important principal of subsidiarity and only then will we work together in solidarity,” President Momis said.

“Human solidarity will only come about when we recognize the differences between us and the importance of working together,” he added.

The President said the people of Bougainville have a vision and that is to reject corruption, they are rejecting manipulation, they are rejecting the syndrome of dependency and they are rejecting disempowerment and injustice.

“People are demanding the right to forge a new society based on natural justice and perennial principals that outlast any political or economic system,” he said.

President Momis also warned that people who are not imbued with such a vision are very dangerous, they maybe skilled but their skills will be abused and misused against the very society which they are called upon to build.

President Momis told the students that it is very important that education institutions must put a lot of emphasis on human formation.

“People must be formed on perennial values that outlast any of the pragmatic things that people are pushing in the world today,” he said.

“Bougainville as we discern the signs of the times, it is quite clear what the people want; they want to be intelligent active agents of change and mere passive reciepients of benefits,” the President said.

President Momis said this does not mean the people of Bougainville want to do things on their own but it means they want to take an active part in development and to be engaged in an intelligent and collaborative manner.

President Momis with Sam Akoitai

Amongst the key speakers at the seminar were several Bougainvillean leaders such as the Regional Member, Joe Lera and former Minister for Mining, Sam Akoitai as well as UPNG Vice Chancellor, Albert Mellam and several Bougainvillean students.

President Momis with UPNG students