Bougainville vote no ‘problem’ for Australia

BUKA, 21 JUNE 2019 (AAP)—Australia will work to ensure the integrity of the Bougainville referendum later this year, and won’t cast judgment on the result, Foreign Minister Marise Payne says. The autonomous region, which has a population the size of Hobart, is due to have a referendum on whether to become independent in October.

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AROB Day: Non-Bougainville Resident Registration

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville was celebrated in style today in Port Moresby at the Sir John Guise Stadium. Port Moresby residents took to the stage their traditional and contemporary dancing and singsings as the day progressed. Possibly their last AROB day celebrated in Port Moresby amidst the hype of the celebrations, registration was being carried out and facilitated by the PNG Electoral Commission and the Bougainville Referendum Commission for NON-Bougainville Resident mostly Port Moresby residents.

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Bougainville Copper Limited Committed to the Redevelopment of Panguna Mine

Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) – operators of the former Panguna Mine, have once again reaffirmed their commitment to the mine. Speaking to EMTV News, BCL Chairman, Sir Melchior Togolo, says despite perceptions of division between different factions of landowner groups, the ABG, and other interest groups – BCL believes it has the necessary support to ensure a successful redevelopment of Panguna.

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Parliamentary Bipartisan Committee on Bougainville Matters Conduct Community Hearing

The Parliamentary Bipartisan Committee on Bougainville Matters today conducted a public hearing in Port Moresby following similar hearings in Rabaul, Lae and Goroka. Among the agenda, updates on the progress by the Bougainville Referendum Commission – the body tasked to facilitate and deliver the referendum exercise in the Island Region later this year.

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PNG Cocoa Board Hosts First Fundraiser For 2019

In July this year, cocoa enthusiasts will converge in Lae for the 2019 PNG Cocoa of Excellence Festival. Formal preparations for this event began recently, with the hosting of an official fundraiser in Lae, Morobe Province.In 2017, the inaugural PNG Cocoa of Excellence Show was staged in Kokopo, East New Britain. The event brought together cocoa producers, suppliers, exporters, and manufacturers together to celebrate cocoa, and also grade various cocoa samples from around the country.

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