The Bougainville Copper Agreement (BCA) review process will take on two phases as explained by the legal brains behind the planning.
Autonomous Bougainville Government legal chief executive officer and Tony Reagan, the Australian legal adviser in a recent meeting on the review of the BCA, explained that phase 1 would include preparation now until 2013 and this would involve the following:
- Incorporation of individual Lease area associations and the umbrella landowner association;
- Conflict resolution work in central and south Bougainville;
- Conduct of baseline studies on Environmental, social, health and other baseline studies in the Mine Lease areas;
- Public Awareness throughout the region and development of appropriate capacity and negotiation position by each party including a joint position by the ABG and Panguna Landowners Association and;
- * Reaching an agreed process for conduct off negotiations and conclusion of agreement.
Phase two (2) will include Conduct of Review and negotiations which will also include:
- Each party to be represented by a negotiating team, led by an appropriately authorized lead negotiator;
- ABG/PLA joint negotiating team;
- Each team to be supported by appropriate technical advice;
- Separate negotiation tables to deal with environment, social, and the financial aspects of negotiations.