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John Momis
President John Momis

ALOYSIUS LAUKAI | Asia Pacific Report

BUKA – President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Dr John Momis, has called on the people of the region to unite in spite of their differences as the future political status of Bougainville is at stake in next year’s referendum.

Dr Momis said Bougainville has progressed despite the Papua New Guinea national government’s failure to fulfil the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

He said that the agreement was a joint creation of the PNG government and the ABG and the two governments must work together to implement it.

He said despite this Bougainville continued to move forward with policies and laws that will enable the ABG to operate in the future.

With the Bougainville mining law and the approval of exploration licences for three local joint venture companies, the government has started getting revenue to support its operations.

Dr Momis praised PNG prime minister Peter O’Neill and his cabinet for agreeing to speed up development in 2018. This includes sealing the Buka ring road, the Kokopau-Arawa road and the Arawa-Buin road.

He announced that the national government will finally fund the long neglected Siara-Koripovi road on the west coast.

Dr Momis also said a committee will be established to recommend a location for the Bougainville headquarters.

He said he would like development to be distributed across all districts so government services are available to all the people of Bougainville.

If the headquarter was in one location, other major economic activities could be done in other areas.


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Michael Geketa

Laukai, at this stanza, the status of Bougainville as per the 2019 vote for referendum should not be at stake as you pointed out. Instead, Bougainville should be sharpened up and ready for a crossover in its political journey.

However, if you are right in saying this, then the question is, 'Who is to be blamed?'

Three possible answer comes into mind.

First, Bougainvilleans are not united for that one cause.

Second, the incompetency and defectiveness of the Bougainville public service to implement major government policies especially in regard to the Bougainville referendum.

Third, the inconsistency in national government funding of the Bougainville referendum as committed in the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

Whichever whatever, it calls for unity of both governments to achieve that agreement communally come 2019.

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