16 Mar 2007

Bougainville struggles with initiatives

4:43 pm on 16 March 2007

MPs in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville province hope to convince the national education board to give accreditation to its teachers college.

This has been one of the key issues discussed in the autonomous province's parliament this week.

The recently established college has 150 students but, as it currently stands, any qualifications they gain will not be accepted in other parts of PNG.

Dennis Kuiai, who is the special advisor to president Joseph Kabui, says the MPs also called for assistance from the PNG national government and overseas donors for funding to implement a strategic action plan.

The plan was unveiled last year but a lack of funds has stalled many of the activities.

The MPs were also told that before any decision on a possible resumption of mining can be made the national government will need to transfer the necessary powers and that this is unlikely before June.