Joint Supervisory Body

Milestone reached in B’ville Referendum

The referendum will give the people of Bougainville the opportunity to express their opinion on the future political status of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, as guaranteed in the 2001 Peace Agreement.

Following the Joint Supervisory Body’s (JSB) decision last week, polling for the referendum will start on 12th October 2019.

The JSB also endorsed the work of the Post-Referendum Planning Taskforce, which will meet again in the week of 4 March with UN support.

PM clarifies B’ville infrastructure commitment

PM Peter O’Neill was responding to queries raised by North Bougainville MP, Lauta Atoi, who cited a K437 million commitment made by the PNG Government last December, for infrastructure projects.

The Prime Minister told parliament he did not recall a K437 million commitment made in December 2017, but was aware of the ongoing projects that the North Bougainville MP was referring to.

These projects came under the K500 million commitment under the Special Intervention Fund, which was signed off in 2010.

JSB meeting moved to June

This was revealed by Chief Secretary Joseph Nobetau in his weekly radio program update on NBC Bougainville this week.

“We are currently waiting on advice from the Prime Minister of his availability, but symbolically we would like to see the JSB happening in Arawa around ABG Day in June,” said Nobetau.

Chief among the agenda items are for the two governments to reach an agreement on the question for the referendum and the eligibility criteria. 

O’Neill assures ABG on referendum

He made the commitment during the closing of the Joint Supervisory Body meeting in Port Moresby on Friday (Dec 15).

The conclusion of the JSB meeting began with ironing of technical agreements, which then led to a negotiation scenario.

After two hours and with both sides satisfied, binding documents were signed.

Later in a joint media conference, PM O’Neill announced that at the heart of the meeting was the referendum agenda, particularly the setting up of the referendum transitional committee.