9 May 2005

PNG Minister says development challenges facing Bougainville are immense

7:19 am on 9 May 2005

The Papua New Guinea Minister of Intergovernmental Relations, Sir Peter Barter, says the challenges of restoration and development in the province of Bougainville are immense.

As the province prepares for its historic election of its first autonomous government, Sir Peter has told the national Parliament that these challenges simply have to be met.

From Bougainville, Don Wiseman reports:

"Sir Peter says much still needs to be down to provide stability and the orderly delivery of government services. He says the establishment of normalcy is vital for attracting investors. The Minister says he regrets the Bougainville leaders haven't done more to plan for restoration and development as outlined in the peace agreement of 2001. Sir Peter says Ausaid advisors have arrived in the province to assist in capacity building and he says it's vital that government departments familiarise themselves with their responsibility in ensuring autonomy for Bougainville works"