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

President Momis

 

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.

 

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