THE AUTONOMOUS Bougainville Government has taken a huge step in strengthening its public service with the appointment of Joseph (Joe) Nobetau to the position of chief secretary.
He is from Buin in South Bougainville and has had a distinguished career as a senior diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and as chief immigration officer.
“Mr Nobetau is a man of considerable integrity, with decisive leadership and a no-nonsense attitude,” said Bougainville president John Momis.
“I look forward to working closely with him in advancing the interests of Bougainville and improving the effectiveness of the Bougainville public service.”
Four new department heads were also confirmed following a rigorous selection process.
They are finance secretary Brenda Tohiana, education secretary Justin Kehatsin, community government secretary Wesley Kenneth and referendum, veterans affairs and peace secretary James Tanis.
Dr Momis said the new departmental heads provide a mixture of experience and new blood and that they will play a critical role in delivering strong and effective governance for Bougainville.
“While I have confidence in the abilities of the new appointees, I want to make it clear to them that I, ministers and all our fellow Bougainvilleans have high expectations,” he said.
“I have encouraged each minister to closely monitor the performance of their secretary and address issues of underperformance should they arise.”
Mr Nobetau will assume his new role on Monday while Ms Tohiana and Messrs Kenneth and Tanis took up their appointments this week.