311012PM FULL SUPPORT
By Aloysius Laukai
Prime Minister PETER O'NEIL says that the national government will fully support the Autonomous Bougainville Government with funding to come out from its financial problems it is facing today.
He said that the O'NEIL/DION government was committed to the peace process on Bougainville and has already released the much talked about ONE MILLION KINA for Bougainville.
The Prime Minister made these comments when answering to a series of questions raised by the newly elected Regional member for Bougainville, HON JOE LERA who wanted to know if Export levies for Bougainville currently collected by East New Britain province through exports of Bougainville's Cocoa and Copra can be paid back to Bougainville.
MR.LERA said that Bougainville's sweat were not being felt on Bougainville because all these exports were done in East New Britain Province.
He said every week 50 to 100 Bougainville Businessmen travel to Rabaul to do shopping at the Hardwares and Wholesales as Bougainville still has to develop these infrastructures.
The member said that all Bougainville monies end up to places like RABAUL.LAE and PORT MORESBY in this way.
Prime Minister in his response said that he would he would be talking with the Minister for Treasury and would respond to him in writing.
He stressed the need for Bougainville to be supported by the government.