Peterson Tseraha | PNG Loop
There is a call for the Autonomous Bougainville Government to put more into tourism and hospitality on Bougainville.
This would be the right approach instead of spending half the time talking and spending money on mining and mine negotiations, travelling in and out of Bougainville “wasting money’’.
It’s from Ben Kinah of Central Bougainville who told Loop png that tourism had the potential to draw in more money than mining, and money from tourism would yield a share even for those at the grass roots level.
“With mining only certain people will benefit because it is a specialist duty that everybody in mining operations has, but with tourism even grassroots people will get paid for becoming guides, waiters and ordinary workers for guest houses,” Mr Kinah said.
“We have local and private schools here on Bougainville where they’re offering tourism courses. The ABG needs to fund these schools for they’re contributing to the region’s workforce.”
Ben Kinah is the former executive director of the Osi Tanata innovative training centre, one of the most successful NGOs Bougainville has had. Funded by New Zealand aid, it has also a training facility.
“Our main aim now is very simple training like cooking, even a person who never went to a big school will know how to cook for a tourist, but he will make heaps of money,” Mr Kinah said.
“But in mining the poor people will miss out. Mining needs engineers and geologists, something a simple villager can’t do at all,” he said.
“We have some of the most beautiful sights in the world, our beaches, mountains, waterfalls and of course the Panguna mine itself is a great tourist attraction. The government through tourism will get more in taxes.”