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BOUGAINVILLE PRESIDENT John Momis says he is not happy with the current slow progress it is taking to draw down mining powers from the Papua New Guinea government to the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

Mr Momis said mining is a means to generating more revenue for the autonomous region and constant progress needs to be made to ensure his government is able to eventually tap into mining for alternative revenue opportunities.

He said the slow progress was attributed by authorities involved to lack of capacity that Bougainville had.

Mr Momis said his government would find a way to develop the capacity needed and urged all stakeholders to think outside the box.

He added that his government is working closely with landowners and the national government to ensure all mining issues in Bougainville are resolved.

Sources: New Dawn FM and PNG Mine Watch

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