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BUKA, Bougainville (Sunkamap Times, Mar. 8) – Bougainville Governor John Momis has announced a shakeup in the top levels of the Bougainville administration to improve coordination and implementation of government policies during this period of transition towards autonomy.

The main areas that have been targeted include the administrative functions responsible for the delivery of social services, economic development and implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

Momis said the Provincial Executive Council has endorsed the move, which was conveyed to the team in January.

The administration will see the appointment of a new Administrator for Bougainville and the creation of two deputy administrator positions - one to look after the economic recovery measures and the other to facilitate the move towards autonomy and referendum in 10 to 15 years’ time.

Momis said the appointment of the two deputy administrators would assist the administrator in running the administration and implementing government policies on service delivery and peace building.

The economic sector will play a vital role in the development of the Province.

The Provincial Government has reached the stage of identifying priority programs in the main economic sectors of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and other industries.

"What the government needs to do is quickly advance the planning stages and formulate appropriate policies on economic recovery for Bougainville," said Momis.

March 9, 2004

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