080818SECOND AUTONOMY REVIEW UNDERWAY
New Dawn FM News
The second joint review of Bougainville’s autonomy arrangements has begun, providing the two governments with an independent report ahead of Bougainville’s independence referendum.
ABG Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU said that the review was the second since the formation of the Autonomous Bougainville Government and would look at autonomy implementation from both sides of the government.
MR. NOBETAU said that the review team have provided their work plans to him and the National Government’s Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari and will soon travel to Bougainville to undertake consultations.
He said that he is looking forward to a review with practical outcomes that set out the way forward for autonomy and the referendum.
He said that implementing autonomy is a joint responsibility, not just for Bougainville, therefore the review team will verify our joint progress as well as make recommendations to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of Bougainville fulfilling its high level of autonomy and conducting the referendum.
The review is supported by the United Nations at the request of both governments, with leaders at the joint supervisory body meeting endorsing a team of independent experts to conduct the review.
The team will be led by former provincial parliamentarian from Canada,
KEVIN DEVEAUX and will meet a wide range of people from the National and ABG Ministers and members, government officials across a range of sectors, civil society, ex combatants, youth and women groups.
MR. NOBETAU said that the team will look into four areas of autonomous authority handed to the ABG, Financial arrangements, delivery of public service, technical and legal aspects and good governance.