ABG still “very keen” on re-opening Panguna

PANGUNA NEGOTIATIONS 

Tom Kathoa | New Dawn

Whilst a negotiation on the future of the closed Panguna Copper Mine continues, the ABG Government is looking at the Agricultural Sector as its fall-back plan.

Minister for Referendum, Veterans Affairs and Peace, Hon Patrick Nisira says the ABG Government is very keen on reopening the Panguna Mine, but the final decision would have to come from the landowners.

The reopening of the mine would mean more jobs for Bougainville’s young population, create an economic climate and opportunities and other benefits for the region.

Minister Nisira also said that benefits gained from the mine’s operations would go a long way in sustaining the region’s autonomy while at the same time putting money into the people’s pockets.

Bougainville has to raise its cash economy, improve and increase its human resource capacity and make the region weapons free and referendum ready between now and 2020.

The Vice President says although talks are in progress on the reopening of the mine, it seems unlikely that this would happen in the life of this parliament.

And, he says the ABG Government is now looking at Agriculture and Fisheries as alternative revenue income earners.

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2 responses to “ABG still “very keen” on re-opening Panguna

  1. “But the final decision would have to come from the landowners”.
    The ABG know the people of Bougainville hate the mining company (including President Momis) and the devastation the mining company has caused to the people and their environment. Guess it is time that the ABG respected the people of Bougainville instead of listening to the demands of the mining company BCL, Rio Tinto, the PNG Government and the Australian Government as well as the Australian academics from the ANU who are pro-mining.

  2. Torau Turangparu

    The people who want mining are politicians and the elites. They have neither an economic plan nor a vision to sustain Bougainville once it becomes independent. All they talk about is fantastic wealth and revenue to be had from the mine which are likely to end up in their pockets much like they did in PNG. The people of Bougainville want a type of economy that they can participate in and own the means of production. Studies have show that countries without natural resources have fared better than the ones that have timber, minerals and other natural resources. They manage their country better when resource rich countries become dependent on finite resources. Countries with natural resource do not invest money from the extractive sector on Agriculture, tourism or other sustainable industry. The money is misused by politicians and bureaucrats who invest the money offshore like what happens in PNG. The mining bill which ABG places all hopes is of foreign origin and dose not provide a plan by which money and the environmental destruction will be minimized. ABG should forget about mining because it is the source of our problems. If it does not listen to the people something bad will happen.

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