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News and Public Notices

February 26, 2024
It is with a heavy heart that I recall the words spoken three years ago on the passing of our beloved father of the nation, Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare.

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February 16, 2024
The Bougainville Public Service exists to carry out only one prerogative: to serve the people of Bougainville. To serve our people is a sacred duty that we as servants of the people swore an oath to uphold.

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February 16, 2024
Public servants in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville came together today for the inaugural dedication mass for the Bougainville Public Service at the St Peter Chanel Parish in Gagan, Peit Constituency.

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February 09, 2024
President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Hon. Ishmael Toroama, met yesterday with over 300 participants of the Panguna Mine Land Owners Clan Chiefs, at Tunuru Catholic Mission outside of Arawa Town, Central Bougainville. 

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February 02, 2024
As the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and concurrently serving as the Minister for Mineral and Energy Resources, I am pleased to officially announce the granting of Exploration Licence EL01 over the Panguna former Special Mining Lease (SML) area to Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL).

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January 26, 2024
Bougainville Education Ministry, Bougainville Education Board (BEB) and Education Department Position on 2024 has clarified their position on School fees being imposed by the BEB.

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January 26, 2024
The Autonomous Bougainville Government's Department of Treasury and Finance has issued a formal notice to all suppliers of goods and services, ABG Departments and agencies, and the general public, regarding the lapsing of Warrant Authorities.

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January 26, 2024
The Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner has assured to have all pending payments for the 2023 South Bougainville Former Combatants Seat By-Election paid soon. 

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January 24, 2024
The ABG Department of Health has issued a stern warning to the public and retail outlets in North, Central and South Bougainville on the illegal sale of medicines.

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January 24, 2024
A team from the Road Traffic Authority (RTA) is currently in Bougainville to roll out a region-wide awareness campaign starting this month in an effort to improve road safety in Bougainville.

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January 19, 2024
The people of Halia and Haku constituencies in North Bougainville can look forward to transformational change following the launch of the Rural Electrification Program today in Buka. 

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January 19, 2024
Five constituencies were presented this week with the first part payment of funds under the ABG’s Constituency Economic Investment Program.

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January 17, 2024
Prime Minister James Marape and Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama have agreed to convene a Joint Supervisory Body Meeting early this year in Bougainville.

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January 17, 2024
This year's two primary tasks for the Autonomous Bougainville Government are progressing Bougainville’s Independence Mission and reopening the Panguna Mine.

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January 11, 2024
I am appealing to every citizen of Bougainville to remain calm as the nation faces strife and turmoil in the urban centers in Papua New Guinea.

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December 29, 2023
The Bana District in South Bougainville will be the recipient of two new bridges for the Pagara and Tavera Rivers under Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama’s High Impact Projects program.

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December 23, 2023
As we gather in the spirit of unity and joy, I extend my warmest Christmas greetings to each and every member of the Bougainville Public Service and to all people across North, Central, South and the Atolls of Bougainville.

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December 23, 2023
The Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner wishes to assure  all service providers and temporary election workers for the 2023 South Bougainville Region former combatants by-election that all pending payments between first quarter and second quarter of 2024.

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December 21, 2023
The Bougainville House of Representatives today passed the 2024 ABG Budget. ABG Minister for Finance Hon. Robin Wilson tabled the Budget Statement yesterday in parliament where he provided a comprehensive run down on Bougainville’s financial landscape.

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December 21, 2023
Ministerial Statement from the ABG Attorney General Hon. Ezekiel Masatt on progress made by the two Governments since the last JSB meeting on the 31st of July; and on several other issues that have developed since.

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December 20, 2023
I rise today before this honorable house to present my final Ministerial Statement for 2023. This statement reflects the progress this government has made in representing the felt needs and aspirations of the people of Bougainville.

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December 18, 2023
Following the announcement by ABG President Hon. Ishmael Toroama, who is also Minister responsible for Mineral and Energy Resources, an Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Regulatory Enforcement Taskforce is currently underway in Bougainville.

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December 08, 2023
As the Minister responsible for Mineral and Energy Resources in Bougainville, I wish to inform the public on the formation of a Regulatory Enforcement Taskforce for purposes of the Bougainville Mining Act 2015. This Taskforce may also lead to the establishment of permanent mechanisms for ongoing cross-sector regulatory enforcement across other sectors.

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December 08, 2023
ABG Attorney General and Minister for Bougainville Independence Mission Hon. Ezekiel Masatt has called out Australia for being “a coward when it comes to the Bougainville independence issue”.

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December 07, 2023
Arawa School of Nursing is a proud recipient of a brand new Office Complex worth K4.7million, funded through the National Department of Higher Education Science Research and Technology (DHERST).

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December 07, 2023
Arawa School of Nursing (ASON) witnessed its sixth graduation on Tuesday this week, in which a total of twenty-three students graduated with Diplomas in Nursing, among them was a lone male student.

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December 05, 2023
The region wide road show on the proposed Bougainville Land Bills is into its second week this week, consulting with stakeholders in Central Bougainville.

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November 30, 2023
ABG Minister and Attorney General Calls out the Absurdity of the Assertion made by National Minister in Parliament that the Referendum results is not binding.

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November 28, 2023
“In 2019, our people voted — we believe in democracy,” Ishmael Toroama, President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, said in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington on November 9.

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November 28, 2023
The ABG Department of Lands & Physical Planning is committed to ensure that the governance mechanisms for Bougainville’s critical resource of land are robust, equitable, and reflective of the collective voices of Bougainvilleans. 

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November 27, 2023
The Writ for the South Bougainville Ex-Combatants Seat By-Election has been returned to the Assistant Speaker of the Bougainville House of Representatives Hon. Charles Kakapetai by the Acting Bougainville Electoral Commissioner Desmond Tsianai at 4:30pm(BST) today.

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November 27, 2023
The ABG Department of Lands, Physical Planning, Environment Conservation and Climate Change (DLPPECCC) is currently conducting a region-wide roadshow on the proposed Bougainville Land Bills, kick starting the program in South Bougainville last week.

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November 26, 2023
I am delighted to congratulate the Member elect for South Bougainville Veterans, Robert Kevau on his election into office.

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November 24, 2023
“Today, when I received the certificate of the Bougainville Savings and Loan Society and that we now have our very own Society for our people - I believe we can forge our future.”

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November 21, 2023
Desmond Tsianai, newly appointed Acting Commissioner for the Bougainville Electoral Commission, was sworn into office today.

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November 21, 2023
The ABG Department of Health has confirmed the initiation of the construction of a specialized level-3 health centre, including an operation theatre, at Soraken Plantation in the Kunua District.

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November 14, 2023
While almost all of the Pacific’s leaders traveled to Aitutaki, Cook Islands, for the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting from November 6-10, one regional leader traveled in a different direction. President Ishmael Toroama, who represents the Autonomous Region of Bougainville within Papua New Guinea, traveled to Washington, D.C.

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November 03, 2023
In a small but significant ceremony, the Department of President and BEC in the Bougainville Public Service, extended a warm welcome this week the newly appointed Deputy Chief Secretary who will head the Strategic Planning and Policy office.

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November 02, 2023
The Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner in consultation with the Speaker of the Bougainville House of Representatives, has announced the further extension of the By-election dates for the 2023 South Bougainville Region Former Combatants seat in accordance with the 2007 Bougainville Elections Act.

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November 01, 2023
In a remarkable showcase of talent, productivity and entrepreneurship, five indigenous Bougainville entrepreneurs made their mark on the global stage at the recently concluded 14th World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF).

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November 01, 2023
The ABG Department of Health has embarked on a health program called ‘Ten Thousand Toes’ to address life style diseases in Bougainville.

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October 31, 2023
The Autonomous Bougainville Government is pleased to announce that it is opening its doors to foreign direct investment from developed nations such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the United States of America, and other European nations.

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October 31, 2023
Bougainville’s current special autonomy status grants it a unique position within Papua New Guinea, exempting it from certain laws that apply to other provinces in the country.  

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October 30, 2023
As President of Bougainville, I want to take this opportunity to extend my congratulations to the Member-Elect for North Bougainville Open the Honourable Francesca Semoso.

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October 26, 2023
I am pleased to advise that good progress has been made in our ongoing discussions with Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) aimed at amicably ending long-running Judicial Review proceedings in the National Court of PNG.

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October 19, 2023
The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation (NCFR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)  for the implementation of a Psychosocial support programme for the families of persons who went missing as a consequence of the Bougainville Conflict.

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October 19, 2023
I am saddened to learn of the passing of the Acting Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, Winterford Toreas who passed on Tuesday evening following a brief illness.

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October 18, 2023
Pirung Wildlife Management Area (PWMA) is the only gazetted Protected Area in Bougainville and is one of the largest Marine Protected Areas in Papua New Guinea, stretching across 60km in length and 10km in width along the south eastern part of Bougainville.

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October 13, 2023
The atolls of Bougainville are going to be the recipients of 5 new Solar Mini Grids and Desalination Plants as part of Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama’s 2023 High Impact Projects.

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October 13, 2023
The Bougainville Coastal Waters Survey Program is set to commence this month to map out areas that constitute as ‘Bougainville waters’, as part of the drawdown of fisheries powers and functions to the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

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