Paul Nerau Calls For New Priorities

All 15 state-owned enterprises in the country will be aligned to work effectively and produce results strictly set by the IPBC board.

Newly sworn in board chairman, Paul Nerau, bluntly told the SOEs and the private sector to improve their services and focus on growing the country’s economy.


Mr. Nerau said customer service will be made a priority as long as he is in office.


Mr. Nerau was nominated by the National Executive Council for the top post in IPBC.

He brings with him a wealth of experience in the private sector for 36 years.


He founded the Bougainville Development Corporation in 1979, and to date; the business has grown to a value of 37 million kina.


In his inaugural speech, Mr. Nerau told heads of the 15 SOEs and the private sector to improve their services, make it affordable and beneficial for small people in particular.

Mr. Nerau said the country’s economy is growing, and so are the investors.


He said that so many people from other countries continue to  flock into the country to tap into the potential commercial activities in the country.


Despite this fact, lives have not been improved to the level the economy has grown to date.

Mr. Nerau urged all SOEs and also the private sector to cooperate with his board, and deliver the best for the citizens.


He said during his term in office, customer service will be made a priority, and essential services such as electricity, water and communication will be improved for the better.

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