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August 6, 2021

Momis On Panguna Mine

The Autonomous Bougainville Government will not make any decisions relating to the Panguna Mine reopening. This is from President, Chief Dr Momis.


It is the call for the Panguna landowners, and Bougainvilleans, because of the political history, which caused the crisis.

President Chief Dr John Momis, in his ministerial speech during the Bougainville House of Representatives sitting; clarified that, the ABG had no power to reopen the mine.


During the Prime Minister’s goodwill visit to the autonomous region on January, Mr O’Neill pointed out, the National Government’s interest was to rebuild infrastructures, and restore services.


Momis said it has always been wrongly perceived that the ABG has the sole power to reopen the mine.

However the ABG established a framework assisting with negotiations, coordinated by the Panguna Office; under the Bougainville Constitution requirements, and legal boundaries.


The Bougainville Executive Council established this entity in 2012. Momis said the entity is also responsible for the consultative forums, and instrumental in securing the annual K5 million support grants, for negotiation programs.


Momis said Panguna is still the autonomous government’s focus, but that will depend on the negotiations aftermath.


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