Atoi keen to contribute at community level

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FORMER North Bougainville MP Lauta Atoi, pictured, says there is a lot more to life than politics, following his loss to a People’s National Congress (PNC) candidate.
He said everyone wanted to be a political leader but not all could be one.
“(There’s) nobody to drive at community level the agriculture industry, the fishery industry, the tourism industry,” he told The National.
“There’s so much we can do. Unfortunately, there are not enough people on the ground to understand how to drive those particular sectors effectively.
“So I’m glad that with the experience I’ve picked up over the last five years.
“I can go back and help the private sector in those particular sectors.”
Atoi, 56, said he had worked in the cocoa industry and looked forward to helping the farmers to work together more efficiently and effectively.
He will also try to look for investors to boost the shipping industry.
“We need very competent managers and we need to establish group business structures and allow the people to drive the economy at community level.”
Atoi was elected North-Bougainville MP in 2013 after the late Sir Michael Ogio vacated the seat to become governor-general.
The former MP was one of the first Papua New Guinean rugby league players to play with an Australian club in the early 1980s and was later a Kumul star.

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