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January 20, 2021

Autonomous Bougainville Government: New Public Service Law Enacted

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The Autonomous Bougainville Government can now independently operate its own public service system. The enacting of the Bougainville Public Service Management and Administration Act 2014 is a milestone; that has strengthened the autonomy implementation.

This week the Bougainville House of Representative passed three bills, among them; the Bougainville Public Service Management and Administrative Act 2014.

Members commended Public Service Minister Joel Banam, for initiating such a bill that captures Bougainville’s autonomy arrangements – the drawdown of powers and functions from the National Government.

The Bougainville Public Service Law aligns all public service functions, , including the power to delegate by the Bougainville Public Service Head, with its powers and functions.

Under this new arrangement, the ABG Public Service Minister, will become the Administrative Services Minister.

Vice President, Patrick Nisira said Bougainville had the reason to celebrate.

However he pointed out the importance of capacity building, with the need to recruit energetic and qualified people.

No more direct Waigani. The Chief Secretary Office to the Autonomous Bougainville Government is Bougainville Public Service head, President’s Department Head and the Bougainville Executive Council.

The Chief Secretary will coordinate the whole government approach, supporting the BEC to implement government objectives.

These laws will become effective at a date, set by the President.


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