Bougainville Election News :What have been the achievements of the Momis led government

 

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From the ashes of conflict, two Governments have come together, agreed to jointly implement a peace agreement, law and order and normalcy has returned. With limited capacity and resources, there has been real progress in implementing the Peace Agreement. Progress is made but hard earned.

Source of reference: The Bougainville Bulleting 4th issue, March 2015, Bureau of the Media and Communications

Mission
• Safeguard and preserve our unique customs, traditions and cultural identity.
• Seek justice, equality, a peaceful and secure society through democracy.
• Strive to eliminate discrimination, poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, disease and corruption.
• Creation of development opportunities and sustainable livelihoods for all Bougainvilleans, both present and future generations.
• Safeguard and utilize our natural environment and natural resources for the betterment of all our people in a sustainable manner.
• Empowerment of people and communities to improve their wellbeing and self-reliance.

The Momis led government five Pillars
1. Unification of all Bougainvilleans
2. Economic development to improve and develop the welfare of the people of Bougainville through this new approach
3. Secure Bougainville’s political future under the Bougainville Peace Agreement. This means fully implementing autonomy, preparing for referendum on independence and achieving complete weapons disposal
4. Promote good governance and rule of law, and in the process end the evil of corruptions
5. Building public awareness of the Peace Agreement and the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s policies.

Achievements Laws:
• Establishment of the Bougainville Constitution
• 44 laws passed
• Amendment to the Organic Law on Peace-building and subsequent repealing of the National Constitution
• Seven memorandums of Understanding on the draw down of powers and functions from the National departments to ABG divisions

Services:
• Reopening of over 33 health centres and a general hospital
• Construction and staffing of over 300 educational institutions, and the draw down of 101 powers from the Department of Education
• Establishment of the Bougainville Police Service
• Establishment of court circuit, court services and court houses
• Restoration of public utilities and services: Shipping, postal, banking, airlines, power and telecommunications
• Implementation of rehabilitation programs
• Construction of 15 bridges, trunk and feeder roads with donor support
• Launching of High Impact Projects
• Successful completion of Operation render safe by the Australian Defense force
• Establishment of MV Chebu Shipping Service
• Reopening and the establishment of the Aropa Airport
• Launching of the Community mobile radio (Radio Ples Lain)
• Implementation of Bougainville standard time

Governance
• Establishment of Autonomous Bougainville Public Service, Payroll and transitional arrangements
• Creation of Council of Elders as the second tier of government
• Establishment of the Bougainville Electoral Commission and the successful conduct of two Bougainville elections
• Draw down and the establishment of ABG Mining Department
• Joint Supervisory Body established and the review of autonomy complete
• Memorandum of understanding signed by the Prime Minister and the President on joint implementation of the BPA awareness
• Establishment of the transitional mining act
• Public service reforms
• Establishment of the Bougainville Peace Building Strategy from Panguna Peace Building Strategy
• Launching of Peace Awareness road show
• Launching of Referendum prayer campaign

Challenges
• Implementing the draw down of powers and functions from the National Government
• Preparations for the referendum including an awareness strategy
• Ensuring weapons disposal
• Unification of all Bougainville’s Political factions
• Limited mass media/telecommunications reach and infrastructure.

Source of reference: The Bougainville Bulleting 4th issue, March 2015, Bureau of the Media and Communications

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