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25 November 2017


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Being from Bougainville, I'm equally disappointed by the PNG government's inaction.

To me the Joint Supervisory Body [JSB] is just another of those fancy-worded bodies set aside by both the Bougainville Autonomous Government and National Government supposedly to cater for Bougainville's autonomy and referendum on its political future.

To date, Bougainville is struggling and Papua New Guinea is too complacent.

From another angle, it seems the PNG government does not want Bougainville to achieve its dream of being an independent entity.

I'm saying this because of its delaying tactics in disseminating the promised grants aimed at fast-tracking Autonomous Government projects.

The PNG government should be making the Bougainville issue as its top priority other than the APEC 2018 preparations.

The PNG government must now willingly provide funds to rebuild and rehabilitate Bougainville in all matters like infrastructure and the economy that it destroyed during the civil war.

America did that after it annihilated Japan in World War II.

We can't deny that the PNG government has drawn down certain political powers to Bougainville but, without supportive grants, these powers will not serve their purpose on Bougainville.

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