B’ville’s second review starts

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THE second review of Bougainville’s autonomy arrangements is underway, according to Autonomous Bougainville Government Chief Secretary Joseph Nobetau.
Nobetau said the review would provide the government and the ABG with an independent report before the referendum next year.
“The review is the second since the formation of the ABG, and would look at autonomy implementation from both sides,” he said.
“The review team has provided their work plans to myself and Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari and will travel to Bougainville to undertake consultations.
“We look forward to a review with practical outcomes. Implementing autonomy is a joint responsibility, not just for Bougainville.
“Therefore, the review team will verify our joint progress, and make recommendations to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of Bougainville fulfilling its autonomy and referendum.”
Leaders of the joint supervisory body had endorsed a team of independent experts to conduct the review.
The team, led by Canadian Kevin Deveaux, will meet with a wide range of people, ministers and members of parliament, public servants, and civil society, youth and women’s groups.
“Establishing Bougainville’s autonomy has been a new journey for both governments. It was to be expected that there would be blockages, stumbles and some disagreements,” Nobetau said.
The review requirements are set out in the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the Constitution of PNG and Bougainville.

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