Bougainville Development News: Will a “balanced” Bougainville budget mean balanced development

 

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“In using the PNG Special Intervention Fund, the K100 million let us continue to give effect to provisions of the Bougainville constitution which talked about balanced development right throughout the region because it was unbalanced development that caused the Crisis in the first place,”

Outgoing acting chief secretary Chris Siriosi.

Picture above new chief secretary Monovi Amani who will make it happen

Story by: BY JENNIFER NKUI

The Bougainville public service has developed a new budgetary process while under the leadership of the outgoing acting chief secretary Chris Siriosi.

As revealed by the man himself during the official swearing-in ceremony of the new chief secretary Monovi Amani yesterday, Mr Siriosi explained that under his leadership as the acting chief secretary, there improvement of the relationships of all the stakeholders, including ABG’s development partners.

“This friendship or partnership is embodied in an arrangement called the District Planning and Budgeting Process that we have developed in Bougainville which I hope will be kept,” he said. “This new budgeting process involves getting all stakeholders, including our development partners to attend a forum twice a year during which all budgetary issues are discussed,” he added.

Mr Siriosi stressed that this is a very important process in governing Bougainville and it has to be kept and improved. “The other development is the Special Intervention Fund, the K100 million that the national government gives and we must continue to use it wisely,” he said.

And in using it, let us continue to give effect to provisions of the Bougainville constitution which talked about balanced development right throughout the region because it was unbalanced development that caused the Crisis in the first place,” he added. He then pointed out that there are still places in Bougainville that do not have any development at all and this is serious. –

For more INFO and details about the Bougainville Govt

The Bougainville Bulletin January issue for 2015 is avaliable on the Internet.

Download a pdf copy here by visiting link Bulletin_3rd Edition_Jan_2015_online.pdf – https://docs.google.com/…/0Bym5Bo_U5WIzVkdoY1U1ZlcxOHM/edit…

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