athletics-championship

TRAVEL JOURNAL: LAURA KETSANA

Team Bougainville u18 sprinter for Air PNG National Athletics Championships It was on a Wednesday, my PE teacher told me that I was one of the selected students who will be taking part in the National Athletics Championship in Kimbe. I was very surprised and excited. I couldn’t believe that
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JOBS JOBS JOBS

Which industries are going to create the jobs of the future in Bougainville? This is a question that will be increasingly asked during this post-referendum period as policymakers consider a road map for economic growth. As it stands the government has identified key industries that it believes will help create
2020-budget

ABG’s K439 million budget

Just before Christmas (24 December) the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) passed its K439 million budget for 2020. The theme for this year’s budget is: Focusing on Post Referendum. The financial plan included new funding commitments announced by PNG’s prime minister James Marape during his recent visit to Bougainville. Of the
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FARMING A PATHWAY TO GROWTH

The adaptability of Bougainvillean farmers are providing snapshots of the great potential to expand the local agricultural sector. Recently, for example, we highlighted Martin Tsiora who has had success replanting his family’s old cocoa plantation with vanilla beans after cocoa pod borers wiped out the cocoa crops. This type of
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BOUGAINVILLE’S REFERENDUM

Sir Melchior Togolo is from Rorovana and held several senior positions with Bougainville’s former North Solomons Provincial Government between 1977 and 1990. He is chairman of BCL (Bougainville Copper Limited).   The weekend commencement of the referendum on Bougainville’s political future marks both a historic and proud moment for all
bcl-tourism

REAL SCOPE TO GROW ISLAND TOURISM

There is no doubt that Bougainville’s natural tropical beauty and other attractions can be further leveraged to increase visitor numbers in the years ahead. There is no shortage of stunning local imagery to help promote Bougainville to those searching for unique holiday experiences. The island’s active volcanoes, Mount Balbi in
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SKILLS TO UNLOCK FUTURE OPPORTUNITY

IMAGE – Farmer with Mauang Exports GM and Bougainville Copper VLO Jeffrey Clason The importance of skills development was recently highlighted in a Post Courier story about the early success of Bougainville farmer Martin Tsiora in replanting his old cocoa plantation with vanilla beans. Martin was one of the farmers
Transport-Bougainville

BETTER ROADS ARE SAFER ROADS

Early last month the PNG national government launched the National Road Network Strategy 2018-2037, but what will this mean for Bougainville? The urgent need for better roads in various parts of the autonomous region is something commonly raised by Bougainvilleans in social media forums. Better roads mean safer roads for