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Tuesday, 12 June

00:02

India eyes coal reserves in Indonesian Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

As it seeks to diversify its sources of fuel, India is looking to get in on the ground floor of coal mining in previously unexploited deposits in Indonesian Papua. In exchange for technical support and financing for geological surveys, officials say India is pushing for special privileges, including no-bid contracts on any resulting concessions a prospect that could run afoul of Indonesias anti-corruption laws. The details of an Indian mining project in Papua are still being negotiated, but Indonesias energy ministry welcomes the prospect as part of a greater drive to explore energy resources in the countrys easternmost provinces. In the future, the ministry hopes mining for coking coal will support the domestic steel industry, while also bringing economic benefits to locals. Rights activists, however, fear the launch of a new mining industry could deepen tensions in a region where existing extractive projects have damaged the environment and inflamed a long-running armed conflict. Forest clearance and plantation development in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya (PT MJR) palm oil concession in Papua. New Guinea Island is home to the worlds third-largest rainforest, but is facing intense pressure due to the logging, palm oil and mining industries. Image by Ulet Infansasti/Greenpeace. Indonesias new coal frontier When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Jakarta last month, joint efforts to extract and process Indonesias fossil fuels, including coal, were on the agenda. Indias interest in investing in a new coking coal mining concession in Papua can be traced 2017, when officials from the Central

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Monday, 11 June

21:00

Time PNG govt exercised better control over its own resources "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

First aircraft at Frieda River
A Britten Norman Islander, the first plane to land at Frieda River in 1970. Kiap John Pasquarelli had discovered gold and copper in 1963. Now, 55 years later, the mine is still undeveloped and the object of great controversy

GABRIEL RAMOI

WEWAK Resources firm Pan Aust (wholly owned by the Chinese state company, Guangdong Rising Assets Management, GRAM), has lost its way with the Frieda River copper-gold project in Papua New Guineas Sandaun Province.

It is now time for the PNG government to exercise leadership and rein in control over the Frieda asset if the PNG is to sustain its free education and health policies and lift the rest of the country out of poverty, disease and ignorance.

The view from Frieda is now very different compared with the corporate carnage of 2013 following Glencores hostile takeover of Xstrata Mining. In that epic battle for world copper supremacy, Mike Daviss Xstrata lost to Ivan Glasenbergs Glencore and with it went a chunk of PNGs national asset, the K260 billion Frieda mine.

Glasenberg has gone on to become the king of copper and head of the number one mining house in the world.

But then, for a deposit of just K80 million, little known Australian miner Pan Aust Ltd moved in and acquired Frieda from Glencore while PNG government advisers and ministers slept on the job despite warnings from industry that the government should exercise control and reclaim ownership over its strategic asset.

Pan Aust went on to the sell out to GRAM in 2015 for a reported K1.2 billion although officially the deal was closed at K450 million.

GRAM is owned by the municipality of the city of Guangzhau in southern China, although the deal maker in this transaction was a leading Australian Chinese billionaire Dr Chau Chak Wing, the subject of a current controversy because of allegations that he is an agent of the Chinese Communist Party.

Additionally, the influential South China Morning Post reported in September last year that the chairman of GRAM, Li Jinming, as well as the CEO and chief financial office...

20:00

Charlie Lynn receives Order of Australia for going the extra mile "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Charlie Lynn
Charlie Lynn - "I had seen many beautiful memorials at battlefields but there was nothing at Kokoda

KAYLA OSBORNE | Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser (NSW)

CAMDEN - Charlie Lynn has crossed the strenuous Kokoda Track 92 times, served in NSW parliament and been awarded Papua New Guineas second highest honour.

Yesterday he added another achievement to his list as a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Mr Lynn was given the prestigious title for service to the people and parliament of NSW.

The Camden resident said he was humbled to receive the Queens Birthday Honour.

I was greatly honoured to receive the Officer of the Order of Logohu in Papua New Guinea two years ago and I feel greatly honoured again, Mr Lynn said. Honestly it was a real surprise there are people out there who have done much more than me.

During his 20 years in parliament Mr Lynn was a member of the legislative council, parliamentary secretary for veterans affairs and shadow parliamentary secretary to the opposition leader.

I did the best I could to help as many people as I could, he said.

Mr Lynn served in the army for more than 20 years, being posted in many places across the world including Vietnam and America.

During his travels Mr Lynn visited the site of the Kokoda Track campaign. I had seen many beautiful memorials at battlefields but there was nothing at Kokoda, he said.

I have been working with Network Kokoda for about 22 years establishing a relationship with indigenous people in Papua New Guinea to preserve the Kokoda Track.

We have had to earn their respect and trust through creating agriculture programs and health programs and we are also building a tuberculosis isolation unit there.

Mr Lynn also runs Adventure Kokoda which is a company that operates tours of the historic battle trail. We want to generate awareness about the significance of the track, he said.

I have always wanted the Australian government to co...

19:00

Agatha "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

On the streetWARDLEY BARRY

She hangs around the sidewalk
right under the streetlight
on Second 22nd Street

where shes seeable
and sellable.

She wears a skirt
too short for her legs,
and a top
to squeeze out her breasts;
her Daddy recommended it.

She tucks her bum out
and thumbs passing SUVs;
used to be Mummys trick.

A CRV honks, slows down
and reverses;
a ride for a ride,
the fare is fair.

Shes sixteen,
barely out of kids-school,
but this is her seventeenth.

Hes sixty
with a horde of grandkids
and shes his umpteenth.

They say love is blind.
Yea, blinded by want
and toyed by wealth.

Shes useful,
but like the air in his nostrils,
useless when used.

She picks up whats left
of her worth
and leaves with whats left
of his wealth.

She used to hang around the sidewalk
right under the streetlight.
on Second 22nd Street.

She died at sixteen
and no one noticed.

13:13

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Tonga, Australia, Fiji and NZ "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.

The royal couple, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be making the tour around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney, which is set for Oct. 20-27.

Harry, a British military veteran who served in Afghanistan, created the Paralympic-style games as a way to inspire wounded soldiers toward recovery. About 550 competitors from 17 countries competed in 12 sports during the event in Canada last year.

The couple joined the pageantry Saturday of the annual Trooping the Color ceremony in London for the first time since their wedding three weeks ago. The event celebrates Queen Elizabeth IIs official birthday.


Source: AP

12:51

PNG Hunters return to winning ways "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Hunters returned to winning ways in the Intrust Super Cup rugby league competition with a 26-12 victory over bottom club Mackay Cutters.

The home side raced out to a 20-6 half-time lead at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby after tries to Thompson Teteh, Watson Boas and Adex Wera.

Stanton Albert extended the Hunters' buffer to 20 points with a try just after the hour mark before halfback Cooper Bambling managed a consolation score for the visitors nine minutes from time.

The Hunters improved their season record to six wins from 13 matches, including four in the last five, and are just two points outside the playoff positions.

League leaders Burleigh suffered a 30-28 home defeat by Northern Pride while Townsville Blackhawks went outright second after thrashing Easts Tigers 32-0.

The Hunters are away to the Ipswich Jets this weekend, who have an idential record but trail the PNG side on points differential. RNZ

12:05

Kerajaan Kecil Sawit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Kerajaan Kecil Sawit

 

Seorang bupati di Kalimantan mengubah wilayahnya menjadi lautan kebun sawit. Apakah hal ini untuk keuntungan masyarakat atau keluarganya?

 

Prolog: Jakarta, 2007

 

Pada tanggal 29 November 2007, di lantai sepuluh bangunan kantor yang berselubung marmer di Jakarta, pewaris dari salah satu keluarga terkaya di Indonesia kedatangan seorang tamu dari Kalimantan.

Arif Rachmat, pemuda berusia 32 tahun, adalah pewaris kerajaan bisnis dan harta kekayaan yang akan menjadikannya sejajar dengan orang-orang terkaya di dunia. Ayahnya bangkit sebagai seorang industriawan besar dibawah kepemimpinan rezim Soeharto. Setelah krisis moneter menimpa Asia yang memaksa sang presiden turun dari tahta pada 1998, ayah Arif mendirikan konglomerasi sendiri, Grup Triputra. Dia membawahi berbagai bidang usaha dari pertambangan hingga manufaktur.

Arif tumbuh sebagai salah seorang generasi pasca-Soeharto yang paling diuntungkan berkat kekayaannya. Dia mengenyam bangku kuliah di salah satu universitas Ivy League yang paling bergengsi di Amerika Serikat, dan mengawali karirnya dengan bekerja di perusahaan besar di negara itu.

Arif Rachmat, CEO Triputra Agro Persada

 

Baru-baru ini, dia pulang untuk bergabung dengan perusahaan keluarganya, dengan mengambil alih usaha perkebunan milik Triputra. Saat ini, dia berniat untuk menjadi pemain terkemuka dalam kancah industri kelapa sawit yang sedang booming di Indonesia.

...

03:05

Oil Search finds new gas in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


by Daniel J. Graeber, upi.com
June 7, 2018

June 7 (UPI) -- A new gas discovery was made in Papua New Guinea and data assessments are now geared toward commercial developments, a key regional player said.

Oil Search announced Thursday it encountered gas in an appraisal well dubbed Kimu 2. The prospect could be linked to other nearby reservoirs.

"Evaluation of the well data acquired has now commenced and will be used to help assess options for the potential commercialization of the Kimu field," the company stated.

Oil Search is a partner in a liquefied natural gas facility in Papua New Guinea. The country is positioned well to take advantage of the growing energy demands from economies in the Asia-Pacific region. Many of the island nations in the region lack adequate domestic reserves, so the super-cooled LNG, which has more options for delivery than piped gas, fills in the gap.

Construction at the LNG facility in Papua New Guinea began in 2010. The facility is expected to produce more than 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas over its 30-year lifespan.

Led by Exxon Mobil, the facility marked a milestone with its 100th delivery three years ago. More than 7 million tons of LNG has been shipped from the facility since it opened.

Exxon shut down much of its infrastructure and evacuated non-essential personnel from the areas impacted by major and deadly earthquakes that shook Papua New Guinea in February. Oil Search said some of the transit infrastructure, bases and a refinery were damaged, but "the operating facilities generally withstood the earthquake well, with no loss of oil or gas containment identified."

The company added, however, that while production was disrupted, there was no impact on plans to expand LNG activities. Its insurance loss adjuster outlined an initial estimate for damages to its assets at between $150 million and $250 million.

...

01:41

FACEBOOK FREEDOM AND CENSORSHIP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by SAM KOIM

The recent announcement by the Government to regulate Facebook has stirred up a cacophony of views, mostly condemning the idea. Most people see it as a self-serving and arbitrary caveat on the peoples rights to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Constitution.

In PNG, every person is entitled to the freedom of conscience and thought to think independently and subscribe to political views, as well as the right to freedom of expression and publication to express those views (see sections 45&46 of Constitution). Those are what the Constitution categorizes as qualified rights and a law can regulate, without necessarily restricting, the exercise of this category of rights. A law or action of government purporting to restrict these rights may be deemed unconstitutional.

I dont know just how Facebook will be regulated. I am not a tech savvy person, so Ill leave this part of the debate to the government and its technocrats, and those in the know.

I will however touch on how a delicate balance is needed here.

In order for one to exercise these rights, another must bear the duty to respect its occurrence, for there will be no freedom right if there is no reciprocal obligation by others to respect it. We will have anarchy and chaos in our society if we assert our rights only and fail our corresponding obligation to respect others rights and freedoms.

The bigger challenge facing our country with the advent of social media is the lack of responsibility by those who use these interactive platforms. Many feel that just because they freely access their phones and internet, so is the right to express whatever they want. On the contrary, the Right to Freedom of Expression is not the same as free access to internet. Right Freedoms come with responsibility.

Whilst we can say that criticisms come with the territory (of being in public office of a leader), we must also remind ourselves that they are there because some people trusted them before entrusting them with the power. To sow the seed of rejection and reduce that trust to a lesser worth, it must be substantiated with reason. It takes time for people to build up their reputations. Whether these persons are in government or opposition, bureaucracy or private sector, they all deserve, at the very least, some presumption of honesty, unless you have well founded reasons...

01:19

Mining the deep seabed will harm biodiversity. We need to talk about it "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Life operates on a completely different timescale on the deep seabed. Image: Pxhere.com

Holly Niner, Aline Jaeckel, Jeff Ardron and Lisa Levin | World Economic Forum | 8 June 2018

In 2017, Japan became the first country to test mining ocean minerals on a significant scale. While its operation took place at depths of about 1,600 metres, many deep seabed minerals are much deeper more than four kilometres down. These are pitch-black environments in which pressures are bone-crushingly high, and life operates on a completely different timescale. At these depths, mistakes can be costly for both industry operators and the environment.

Mining the deep seabed for minerals such as copper, nickel, tin, zinc, cobalt and gold is a fledgling industry. Some suggest that it could become part of the ocean economy, which is projected to double its worth by 2030, to more than $3 trillion. However, the pote...

00:44

Nautilus tests new rig but no money for further exploration "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Once the trials are completed, Nautilus will deploy the rig on its South Pacific tenements subject to securing additional funding

Nautilus Minerals begins wet testing of new diamond drill rig

Mining Technology | 8 June 2018

Canada-based underwater resource exploration company Nautilus Minerals has started wet testing of its new seafloor diamond drill rig, which has been developed to relieve the drilling requirements of its future exploration programmes.

The move comes after the rig, which is nicknamed the Hobbit, was subjected to a series of land-based trials, focused on rod handling, functional drilling, and landing stability tests.

To be carried out over a period of two weeks, the wet test programme will expand the testing parameters to include submerged operations and mechanical endurance.

Nautilus Minerals CEO Mike Johnston said:

According to our recently released preliminary economic assessment for Solwara 1, a si...

Sunday, 10 June

21:00

Yielding to another culture isnt all bad. They can become like us "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Winners are grinners
We're a fair people with an interesting culture - invade Australia and in exchange we'll give you some tips about how to win at the Brisbane cockroach races

PHIL FIZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - The current paranoia among Australias political class about Chinese expansionism in the south Pacific region is interesting to watch.

The politicians seem to be developing a kind of siege mentality much like they did during the war with Japan, except with an emphasis on economic and social matters rather than the military, although thats there too.

Australia has only ever been invaded once as far as we know, and that was well over 200 years ago. That invasion was ruthless and overwhelming, and changed life for the original indigenous inhabitants absolutely and completely.

If you believe the politicians the incursion we are now facing is going to be subtle and nuanced, a kind of invasion by stealth that many of us will not even notice.

It wasnt that long ago when one of our prime ministers was telling us the exact opposite. He said we had to stop trying to be so European and look towards Asia.

Others were telling us that this would be the Pacific century. They just hadnt counted on the fact that it might not be us pulling the strings and benefitting.

The cocoon we are now intent upon weaving around ourselves doesnt seem to be in the spirit of any of these things.

Modern Australians dont know, and probably cant imagine, what it would be like to be taken over by a totally alien culture. But our nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, certainly does.

Maybe PNG can give us some tips. Take the best and reject the rest, that sort of thing.

Then again, they are still dealing with the repercussions and might not even know the best way to handle things themselves yet.

They didnt have much choice in the matter of their subjugation and I suspect that Australia, despite what the politicians say, will have little choice either.

But is it such a big deal? If you look at history Austral...

20:00

Independence from PNG: A core belief for many Bougainvilleans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BRF guerillas
Bougainville Resistance Force fighters guard the coffin of a boy shot dead by the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (Ben Bohane)

Extract from a talk by ANTHONY REGAN to last weeks Bougainville referendum conference in Port Moresby. You can read here the full Bougainville News coverage of the conference

PORT MORESBY - The impacts of the Bougainville conflict were severe. Varying estimates of the numbers of conflict-related deaths have been made from 3,000 up to 20,000.

When it is realised that Bougainvilles population immediately before the conflict was about 150,000, and that 10,000 to 15,000 left Bougainville as a result of the conflict during 1989 and the first half of 1990, then even 3,000 deaths was an appalling outcome.

The deaths include perhaps 1,000 or more from conflict, inclusive of both Bougainvilleans and several hundred PNGDF and RPNGC personnel.

In addition, there were many extra-judicial killings by all groups involved in the conflict, as well as unknown numbers caused or contributed to by the Papua New Guinea blockade of Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA)-controlled areas.

These deaths, and the many more injuries that occurred, caused grave trauma for Bougainville and also for the rest of PNG.

Another source of grave trauma for Bougainville was the displacement of 60,000 people from their hamlets and villages to displaced persons camps, called care centres.

Trauma in Bougainville was also caused by the deep divisions amongst Bougainvillean communities caused by the conflict.

Other impacts included destruction of virtually all public infrastructure and private sector productive assets, and destruction of the capacity of Bougainvilles provincial government (which was suspended in June 1995) and of the national gov...

19:00

Transparency urges govt to ditch plans for first-past-post voting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lawrence Stephens
Lawrence Stephens

MEDIA STATEMENT | Transparency International PNG

PORT MORESBY - Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is gravely concerned by a recent statement by prime minister Peter ONeill who has told parliament PNG should go back to the first-past-the-post voting system and abandon the limited preferential voting (LPV) used in the 2012 and 2017 national elections.

The LPV system has increased the democratic mandate of elected leaders and any step back to first-past-the-post will risk diminishing the voices of the people of Papua New Guinea in our national elections, said TIPNG chairman Lawrence Stephens.

The voting system is a non-issue in comparison to other more pressing administrative challenges to ensuring the integrity of national elections that should represent the views of Papua New Guineans.

Preferential voting systems like LPV are seen to be more democratic than first-past-the-post as they allow voters the opportunity to spread their votes amongst multiple candidates with the winner of a majority of votes after elimination and redistribution of votes being quantitatively more representative especially in electorates with many candidates.

In PNG, LPV can give minority candidates a stronger chance to present themselves as potential representatives of communities beyond those of their immediate clans and language groups, allow voters to choose candidates outside of their immediate clans, and can reduce the impact of electoral fraud in an election.

The PNG Electoral Commission has stated that systems like LPV are seen to be more indicative or reflective of the will of voters said Mr. Stephens.

Contrary to what has been announced on the floor of parliament, multiple observer groups, such as the Commonwealth and TIPNG, support the use of LPV and have been justifiably concerned about more pressing issues such as updating rolls, compliance with and enforcement of election laws, procurement and financing, personnel issues and security during the election periods.

...

08:32

ADB SUPPORTS OVER $1 BILLION IN CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENTS IN THE PACIFIC UNTIL 2021 REPORT "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (7 June 2018) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will support over $1 billion in energy investments in the Pacific between 20182021, including 19 projects to help countries in the subregion have better access to quality, affordable, and sustainable energy sources, according to a new ADB report.

The Pacific Energy Update 2018 provides a comprehensive overview of ADBs energy-focused work in the Pacific. The publication highlights the impacts of ADB-supported energy initiatives completed in 2017 and ongoing in 2018, while providing details of ADBs future plans in the subregions energy sector.

ADB is helping the Pacific region plan for a renewable energy future and improve regional energy systems by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy; maximising access to energy for all; and supporting energy sector reform, capacity building, and effective governance, said ADBs Transport, Energy, and Natural Resources Division Director for the Pacific Mr. Olly Norojono.

The report highlighted ADBs efforts and partnership with governments, communities, private sector, and other development partners to help improve the availability and quality of clean and affordable sustainable power in the Pacific region. It also provides a country-by-country snapshot of various energy projects and technical assistance, which Pacific governments have prioritized for ADB assistance.

Cofinanced by ADB, the European Union, and the Government of the Cook Islands, the Cook Islands Renewable Energy Sector Project will help lower the countrys reliance on fossil fuels by building solar-powered plants on five of its islands and help the government achieve its goal of supplying 100% of inhabited islands with renewable energy by 2020.

Meanwhile, ADB is assisting the Government of Fiji in developing the institutional capacity for regulation of the countrys electricity sector, while developing a sector investment planning framework.

The Yap Renewable Energy Development Project in the Federated States of Micronesia, funded by two ADB loans, supported the construction of a wind farm capable of withstanding typhoons. Grid-connected solar panels were also installed on about five government buildings across the island and new fuel-efficient diesel generators replaced aging ones.

Naurus power outlook improved dramatically when the government installed two new energy-efficient, diesel generatorscompleted under the Nauru Electricity Supply Security and Sustainability Project, with initial grant funding from ADB and the European Union, and later supported with additional funding from the governments of Australia and Nauru.

Together with other ADB-financed renewable energy interventions, ADB...

02:38

ABG President on disposal of remaining weapons on Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS in his speech at the National Conference on Bougainville Referendum organized by the National Research Institute also touched on Weapons disposal.
He said that the disposal of remaining weapons is needed before the referendum not just because of the danger that the weapons might be used in relation to the referendum, but because that is a sign of our full commitment to a lasting peace.
President Momis said that disposing of weapons is also very important in terms of ensuring that people can be free to vote without fear of intimidation.
The President also said that weapons disposal will be vital when it comes to observers and others assessing whether or not the referendum has been free and fair.
He said that Bougainville has run many elections since the BPA was signed, Three National Elections, Three ABG General Elections and One Presidential by-election and we have continued to have weapons in our midst that have not been used. Not a single bullet has been fired.
And this shows the maturity of our people, and their belief that use of weapons is no longer a way we can use to get what we want, But even so we cannot rest until those weapons are disposed of.
President Momis said that is one of the main reasons that we are pursuing weapons disposal as one of the main activities involved in preparing for the referendum.
He said that we must all admit that weapons caused problems, yes use of weapons shut down the huge Panguna Copper and Gold mine which was what many people wanted as the means of negotiating the terms on which that mine operated.
The ABG President stressed that the same use of weapons also caused many divisions and great harm to many people.
He said that when we entered into the peace process in 1997,Peace became the weapon that brought the return to normalcy.
Peace brought us the Peace Monitoring Group and the UN Observer Mission to assist us in developing peace.
Our continued commitment to peace by peaceful means, and using peace as our primary weapon means that weapons and violence can have no part in the referendum and in any transition process that follows the referendum. New Dawn FM/ PNG Today

02:33

Self-determination will come if we get rid off weapons in Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary by Peter Chanel Tengka

These are real factory made weapons used during the Bougainville conflict. Because of our struggle for self rule and self determination, we have to get rid of this weapons as we have agreed to do so in the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
The Bougainville Peace Agreement is our Agreement. If we have to move Bougainville,now is the time.
Yesterday in SIWAI,a mass reconciliation was conducted which ended up as the climax of the ceremony was the complete destruction of five high powered factory made guns.
This morning, Saturday 09 June 2018,a boat trip was made to finally dump the pieces of this metals to the ocean floor.

Meanwhile, On the Referendum Awareness, ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS told the National Conference of the Bougainville Referendum that in preparing for the Referendum, we must ensure that awareness programs ensure that our people understand that lasting peace is the central goal of the referendum arrangements.

He said that the Bougainville Governments Communication and Media Bureau is working closely with key actors in Bougainville to develop a very good awareness program.
It includes radio programs, a bi-monthly newspaper which prints 30,000 copies distributed to all 33 constituencies, through schools, churches and community governments and it also includes posters and SMS messages sent to phones.

President Momis said despite all these, he was concerned that so far very little awareness has been made about the main options about which people will be asked to vote in the referendum, they are Autonomy and Independence.
He said that we need a strong awareness campaign that helps our people have a good understanding of both options.

President Momis said that because implementing the referendum arrangements is a joint responsibility of the two governments, the awareness campaign should be done jointly by the two governments, with both governments being neutral on which option they want the people to support.
He said that we need objective presentation of the facts of both options.
President Momis said that if there are more than two options to be voted on, then awareness will be needed in all options.
Furthermore, he said that awareness must also be directed to encouraging all sections of the Bougainville community to take responsibility for achieving peace.
And this includes form...

02:27

Momis on Referendum Awareness "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

On the Referendum Awareness, ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS told the National Conference of the Bougainville Referendum that in preparing for the Referendum, we must ensure that awareness programs ensure that our people understand that lasting peace is the central goal of the referendum arrangements.

He said that the Bougainville Governments Communication and Media Bureau is working closely with key actors in Bougainville to develop a very good awareness program.
It includes radio programs, a bi-monthly newspaper which prints 30,000 copies distributed to all 33 constituencies, through schools, churches and community governments and it also includes posters and SMS messages sent to phones.

President Momis said despite all these, he was concerned that so far very little awareness has been made about the main options about which people will be asked to vote in the referendum, they are Autonomy and Independence.
He said that we need a strong awareness campaign that helps our people have a good understanding of both options.

President Momis said that because implementing the referendum arrangements is a joint responsibility of the two governments, the awareness campaign should be done jointly by the two governments, with both governments being neutral on which option they want the people to support.
He said that we need objective presentation of the facts of both options.
President Momis said that if there are more than two options to be voted on, then awareness will be needed in all options.
Furthermore, he said that awareness must also be directed to encouraging all sections of the Bougainville community to take responsibility for achieving peace.
And this includes former combatants, Panguna landowners, Churches, Youths and Women Organizations.
He said that the current awareness campaign is focussed on the roles of the ABG and the international community in relation to the referendum and is not calling on all Bougainvilleans to contribute to a lasting peace.
New Dawn FM/ PNG Today


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