BCL Holds First Meeting After 27 Years

Sebastian Hakalits | Post Courier | August 3, 2017

For the first time after 27 years, Bougainville Copper Limited held its first directors’ meeting in Buka today (Wednesday, 3 August).

During the meeting the company also briefed members of the nine landowner associations of Panguna who were also present on their community engagement plans.

Chairman Robert Burns described the meeting as being very productive and further said that he welcomed the support given by the Autonomous Bougainville Government President Chief Dr John Momis and his Vice President Mr Raymond Masono.

“This is something of a historic moment for holding the meeting in Buka for the first time after 27 years and I also appreciate the strong level of support given by the landowners as we had the opportunity to talk with them,” Mr Burns said.

Many of the landowners present said they were very happy to be part of the meeting as they were able to get briefs from the executives.

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  1. Radio New Zealand, 4 August 2017
    BCL holds first board meeting in Bougainville in 27 years
    BCL held its first board meeting in 27 years in the autonomous Papua New Guinea region this week and chief executive Mark Hitchcock said they were well received.

    The company, which had operated the mine for nearly 20 years prior to the civil war, is now under different ownership – with the Autonomous Bougainville Government taking a major role.

    Mr Hitchcock said it was a significant event to be back in Bougainville.

    “We have recently opened an office there and employed a Bougainville manager, and as part of this re-engagement with the development of Panguna, it was quite significant to have our directors back for a board meeting, and very well received.”

    BCL has laid out a timeline to have the mine fully operational within 10 years.

    The BCL board includes former leading PNG politicians, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, Sir Moi Avei and Dame Carol Kidu.

    Another company, Australian miner, RTG, is separately negotiating to win an exploration contract at Panguna.

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