17 Nov 2008

Bougainville MP says new President needs to be a competent administrator

8:07 pm on 17 November 2008

The Papua New Guinea autonomous province of Bougainville needs a president who understands administration and can get the public service operating.

That's the view of Bougainville MP, Madeleine Toroansi, who says there are suitable candidates among the 14 who have put their names forward for the position made vacant by the sudden death of Joseph Kabui last June.

The election begin on December 6th.

Ms Toroansi wants to see agriculture more fully developed before investment in capital intensive mining, and she says a strong public service is the key to developing this and also to help the province meet its goal to be gun free.

"And especially now that this year the late President declared the ABG policy of 2008 as the year of weapons disposal. We are now in November and we have not done that and I think the person who would be president to actually achieve that kind of level would require administrative and government experience, building a public service."