THE Bougainville people have recently begun to see many accomplishments that are positively influencing the future of the autonomous region.
Amongst these has been the creation of the Bougainville public service, a transitional mining bill, the arrival of the passenger freighter MV Chebu, the successful conclusion of the Torokina bomb disposal operation and the re-opening of Aropa Airport.
Other developments include the Bougainville peace building initiative and the upgrading of the Buka ring road and other roads. Another vessel, MV Rapoise Chief, is due to arrive in Bougainville next February.
According to Vice-President Patrick Nisira, many more impact projects are in the planning stages and Bougainville’s future looks bright and the province is moving forward.
“Fundamental to the success enjoyed so far is the working partnership between the ABG, the PNG government, donor partners, churches and non-government organisations,” Mr Nisira said.
“It is really up to us Bougainvilleans to make a distinctive contribution to realise our hopes for a better, safer and secure future for the present and next generations.”
Mr Nisira acknowledged there are still problems and challenges the people of Bougainville must deal with, adding that creating a nation requires the will of the people.