PUBLIC Service Minister Sir Puka Temu (pictured) and departmental Secretary John Kali will lead a top delegation of agency heads to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to execute a memorandum of understanding with the Autonomous Bougainville Government for the drawdown of powers set out in the Bouganville Peace Agreement.
This follows agreement that the Papua New Guinea national government will devolve a lot more of its powers to the ABG including human resource management, education, labour and employment, agriculture and livestock, communications and information, community development, arts and culture, health, tourism, and environment and conservation.
Mr Kali emphasised that the most important ingredient was the development of capacity in the Bougainville public service in terms of its institutions and public servants so the new powers are effectively assumed and utilised for the good of the people in the province.
To this end, the Minister Temu and Mr Kali have been pivotal in helping to establish the Bougainville public service on the island and in helping to create the necessary accountabilities for the drawdown of national powers.
Sir Puka and Mr Kali appealed to agency heads to cooperate in implementing this milestone agreement with the Bougainvillians.
Its effective implementation will empower the Bouganville Public Service to help in the full attainment of autonomy in readiness for the 2019 referendum on independence.