The new parliament will be required to prepare the autonomous Papua New Guinea region for a vote on possible independence, to be held before 2020.
Mr Momis says a critical element of this process is to ensure the region’s economy becomes viable and this has prompted the new portfolio.
“We want to put a lot of emphasis on the responsibility of the autonomous government to raise revenue and I think one of the best ways of doing that would be to have a ministry wholly and solely responsible for economic generation of revenue for economic development.”
The President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Grand Chief Dr John Lawrence Momis has announced seven Members of the Bougainville House of Representatives to the Bougainville Executive Council.
The new Ministers join Vice President Patrick Nisira, who is the new Minister for Referendum, Peace, and Veterans Affairs on the BEC.
Six of the Ministers have been appointed under Section 81 (3) of the Bougainville Constitution on the Recommendations of the three Regional Committees of the House of Representatives with the seventh Minister being the nominee of the four women Members of the House unders Section 80 (1) (c).
The new Ministers are;
Hon. Albert Punghau (Motuna Huyono) Finance
Hon. Jacob Tooke (Baubake) Community Development
Hon. Nicholas Darku (North Nasioi) Primary Industries
Hon. Robin Wilson (Terra) Mining
Hon. Raymond Masono (Atolls) Public Service
Hon. Fidelis Semoso (Tsitalato) Economic Development
Hon. Josephine Getsi (Peit) Community Development
President Momis retains the Planning as well as Inter-government Relations Portfolios.
“As a result of these appointments, there are five Ministerial Portfolios yet to be filled, I expect to be in a position to announce the remaining Ministers later this week and I will also announce their portfolios,” President Momis said.
“While I have confidence in the talents of my new Ministers, I want to make it clear that I expect a high standard of performance from them,” President Momis said.
President Momis added that he has put each of his Ministers on notice and that he will review their performance after the new government’s first six months in office and that any Minister who has not performed to a satisfactory level will be removed.
The President said his next task will be to revitalize the Bougainville Public Service and to ensure it is lean and starts to work efficiently to carry out its prerogatives.
He said the Bougainville Public Service will undergo serious changes to its structure in an effort to save on costs and the mismanagement of public funds and government assets.
He offered that his government will clamp down on corruption and added that with his cabinet finalized the ABG will now move to give the best possible service to the people of Bougainville.