ABG Chief Sec ready to move
As the period for the referendum draws near the Autonomous Bougainville Government is working diligently to secure a successful outcome of this important political decision.
The ABG Chief Secretary, Joseph Nobetau said that his priorities are to build the capacity of the Public Service so that it can deliver on the expectations of the government and the people.
“My aim is to show leadership in reforming our institutions and structures so that we can make Bougainville stronger and lay the foundation for our future, whatever state that may end up being once we have the referendum,” Mr Nobetau.
“Since taking on this important role I have been meeting with Department Heads to discuss some of the key challenges that we face,” he added.
The discussions included how to improve the administration’s finances, build on development initiatives to deliver real outcomes; increase levels of investment; enhance and build key enabling infrastructure; and build more information and communication channels.
A key part of all of the discussions is education and ensuring that the ABG lays the foundations for building better leaders of tomorrow.
“By working together and ensuring we align resources to deliver effective development outcomes we will be better placed to meet the President’s very clear expectations and deliver on the Bougainville Peace Agreement,” Mr Nobetau said.
Nobetau said that this was essential as the Agreement and the mandated outcomes will form the basis of Bougainville’s future.
Nobetau also recognised the need for financial and budget autonomy and the ongoing negotiation with the National Government on fiscal and grant based arrangements and reform.
“We must recognize that our current financial position means we must do more with less, and embracing reform and change to build our capacity to deliver on Government expectations,: he said.
“We have to enhance our capacity to build a sustainable revenue stream so that we can fund services in the future,” he added.
Nobetau said that government has made efforts to ensuring that it maintains ongoing efforts to give effect to weapons disposal.
The administration was also enhancing opportunities for sustainable long term economic development, institutional leadership and corporate reform and public sector accountability.
The other important areas it would look into were improving law and order, building and maintaining trust in the implementation of change and building on service delivery initiatives in critical areas including health, education, and public infrastructure.