PNG and ABG Government Consultations begin in Kokopo

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The Joint Governmental Consultation Process (JGCP) between the National Government and Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) commences today, Tuesday 18th May in Kokopo at the Gazelle International Hotel between leaders, technical experts and governmental officials from the National Government and the ABG.

This is the first (JGCP) of a series of meetings following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Government and the ABG in the nation’s capital last week. Prime Minister Marape said during the signing of the MOA that the National Government he leads is committed to a strong and lasting peace and political settlement on the Island.

Prime Minister Marape said during the signing of the MOA that the National Government he leads is committed to a strong and lasting peace and political settlement on the Island. He said the agreement is a commitment by the National Government to ensure certain powers and functions required by the ABG to create a pathway and the ground work to fully implement the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA) is carried out smoothly and in a peaceful manner.

From these meetings political leaders and technical officials from the PNG National Government and the ABG will iron out issues and agenda items to be discussed in the Joint Supervisory Body-JSB meeting scheduled in Wabag, Enga province next month.

Prime Minister’s ministerial delegation included Works Minister Michael Nali, Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs Minister Pila Niningi, Transport Minister William Samb, Public Service Minister Joe Sungi, Justice Minister Byran Kramer, Health Minister Jelta Wong, Vice Minister for Bougainville Affairs Peter Tsiamalili Jnr, Governor for Oro Gary Juffa, Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, and senior PNG Government officials.

Prime Minister Marape flew in yesterday to overnight in Kokopo and will witness the formal opening of the JGCP before returning to Port Moresby later today. The first Joint Government Consultation Process starts begins today and will end on Thursday.

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