The PNG Government will partner with the UN through its United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to support the economic development work as part of the post-referendum activities to support lasting peace and long term political settlement process on the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ABG).
Secretary to the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council, Ivan Pomaleu and UNDP’s PNG Representative, Dirk Wagener both signed the project; Sustaining Peace through Economic Empowerment this week in Port Moresby.
Secretary Pomaleu said the project is designed to support the ongoing Bougainville peace building process and is funded by the Government of Japan worth $US 2, 842 181, which is equivalent to PGK 9, 788 850 and will be implemented by the UNDP.
Secretary Pomaleu when signing the project framework agreement acknowledged the UNDP in its role in the BPA process at the earliest stages.
He further stated that as per the Bougainville Peace Agreement the outcomes of the referendum on Bougainville is non-binding, meaning the two governments will consult each other and the agreed outcome to be ratified by the National Parliament.
Part of that work includes supporting the commencement of the consultation process, which the Prime Minister and the President has announced to commence on the week beginning 17 May 2021, as well as supporting the chairmanship arrangement and the input of a moderator.
Secretary Pomaleu said these post-referendum consultation preparations give momentum to the Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape’s statement when the results of the referendum were presented to the Governor-General that National Government heard the voice of Bougainvilleans, and the two governments must now develop a roadmap that leads to lasting political settlement.