Bougainville resources vital, says Bougainville President Momis

PNG President John Momis. Picture:

BUKA, 21 JUNE 2018 (POST COURIER) — Bougainvilleans celebrated the 13th ABG day last Friday.

The occasion saw all ABG members and invited dignitaries attending the ceremony.

President of the ABG John Momis said the past 13 years has brought many challenges for Bougainville as they continue their journey towards political self-determination.

‘‘We have faced obstacles, which include the lack of funds and limited capacity and constraints on our ability to deliver effective services to our people.’

“Bougainville has demonstrated through the establishments and operation of democratic institutions that we can indeed manage our own affairs,” Momis said.

“The day marks the anniversary of the day when Bougainville’s political aspirations were first recognised with the formal establishment of the Autonomous Bougainville Government.”

”When we think about how to transform Bougainville into a developing, progressive region in the modern world, it’s important we do so by harnessing and protecting these resources.”

The president said Bougainville has implemented important reforms to enable laws and developed public service institutions and structures for the future.

Momis said Bougainville cannot become complacent as they mark the anniversary of the autonomous government.

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