14 Jun 2007

Business development slow in PNG's Bougainville province

5:37 pm on 14 June 2007

Businesspeople in the Papua New Guinea autonomous province of Bougainville say the government is not doing enough to foster business.

The province is celebrating two years of autonomy but Robert Atsir from the Bougainville Business Association says little opportunity has been created.

He says, for instance, they had hoped there would be improved electricity supply and better telecommunications around the province.

Mr Atsir says impact industries, such as mining, are needed to make the development of the infrastructure economically viable.

"These services can only be made available [when there are] economies of scale when there industries coming in and getting established, so that because of their demand and need for services it would be more cost efficient to get grid power supply all over may be half of the island."

Robert Atsir