Minister for National Planning, Hon Samuel H Basil launched the Central Bougainville 5 Year Development Plan 2018-2022, with the theme “Empowering the people of Central Bougainville to Secure their future through sustainable economic growth and by embracing the Digital Age”.
Member for Central Bougainville, Hon Sam Akoitai, presented the plan to Minister Basil on Friday (24 July 2020) in Tubiana, Kieta in Central Bougainville.
Also, present to witness the milestone event was Minister for Information and Communication and Member for South Bougainville, Hon Timothy Masiu, Secretary for Department of National Planning and Monitoring, Koney Samuel, Acting Chief Secretary in the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), Shadrach Himata, and other distinguished members of the ABG.
When receiving the plan, Minister Basil acknowledged the critical importance of the plan that needed to be managed effectively.
“The formulation of your district development plan was done in close consultation with the staff of the Department of National Planning and I thank my Secretary and the staff of National Planning for their assistance. We will continue to provide whatever relevant support we can from our end to ensure this plan achieves its intended purposes and objectives,” Minister Basil said.
Mr Akoitai also thanked Secretary Samuel and the National Government for approving the development plan in May 2019, adding that the plan is the dream of the people to bring about development in Central Bougainville.
“The Central Bougainville plan came about as a result of a development consultations with community chairmen, ward council members and education, health officers as well as officers of the Department of National Planning and Monitoring to ensure that the Plan was aligned with the MTDP III, Vision 2050, and the ABG Strategic Plan,” Mr Akoitai said.
Story courtesy of Hon. Samuel H. Basil Facebook page
Feature Pic: L-R: Minister for National Planning Hon Samuel H Basil, Central Bougainville, Hon Sam Akoitai, and Member for South Bougainville, Hon Timothy Masiu, with the cheque for rural water supply. Pic by Planning Department Media