PM in Buka: Major Infrastructure Assessment

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Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, reconciled with Autonomous Region of Bougainville President, John Momis, today in preparation for his two day visit to the region on Monday.

 

Mr. O’Neill said this visit is part of the O’Neill Dion government’s tour of the country, aiming to engage with the people in the 22 provinces.

 

He said his government has passed the historic and massive budget this year, and it is fitting that the Autonomous Region of Bougainville benefit from it as well.

 

The Prime Minister led a high powered delegation of ministers including Chief Secretary, Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, to the reconciliation ceremony at the parliament poolside this afternoon in preparation for his two day visit to the region of Bougainville. They were joined by ABG President, John Momis and members of the ABG government.

 

Prior to the speeches, a reconciliation process took place. The two leaders were crowned with traditional shell money called Mamis, which symbolizes wealth and kingship and then broke the arrow.

 

The Prime Minister will be visiting Buka town and then travel across to Arawa. His visit to the Panguna mine site is yet to be confirmed. The site is still a no go zone since the crisis.

 

President Momis assured a safe and fruitful visit for the Prime Minister and his delegation.

The two leaders also met yesterday and talked about issues affecting the region and areas that needed assistance. 

 

The visit is basically to assess the progress of major infrastructure and social projects launched by the national government. Mr. O’Neill said this visit is part of the O’Neill Dion government’s tour of the country, aiming to engage with the people in the 22 provinces.

 

He said his government has passed the historic and massive budget this year, and it is fitting that the Autonomous Region of Bougainville benefit from it as well.

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