3 Feb 2005

PNG's Bougainville authorities seek Australian expertise for new government

4:30 pm on 3 February 2005

An overseas advocate for self-determination for the people of the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville says there is an urgent need to set up a new administration for Bougainville.

Interviews are taking place in Australia for both an economic and a resource development expert to work under contract to the Australian Government in positions in the new Bougainville government.

This follows the granting of a go-ahead for elections, starting on May the 20th, for the first autonomous Bougainville government.

Sydney-based Moses Havini says the two new positions are going to Australians because they are funded by AusAID.

"At the moment we now desperately need to set up a Bougainville administration. At the moment we only have a skeletal administration that has been running the administration in Bougainville, but as we approach the setting up of the autonomous government of Bougainville we will of course need a fully established Bougainville administration or civil service if you like."

Moses Havini.