THE DEPARTMENT OFTHE PRESIDENT AND THE BOUGAINVILLE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
STATEMENT ON THE OCCASSION OF THE SWEARING CEREMONY OF THE CARE TAKER GOVERNMENT
23 September 2020
Your Honour, Sir Bona Kina,
Honourable Members of the Houes of Representatives of the Autonomous Bougainville Government,
My people of Bouganville,
I take note of the foreign dignitaries who are also here to witness the swearing ceremony of my Care Taker Government. It is my pleasure today, three (3) days after my declarations and following the Return of the Writs on the 24th of September; I am now announcing my Care taker government in accordance with Section 82 of the Bougaiville Constitutiion. My caretaker government comprises of 1) Myself, President Ishmael Toroama, 2) Vice President Hon. Patrick Nisira, Member for Halia and 3) Hon Therese Kaetavara, Regional Member representing the women of South.
The allocations of Ministries and Portfolios under my Care Taker Government are as follows;
1. President and MInister responsible for,
- Planning and Inter-Government Relaitons
- Minerals and Energy Resources
- Post Referendum and Consultation
- Finance and Treasury
- Police, Correctional Services and Treasury
2. Vice President and Minister responsible for:
- Primary Industries and Marine Resources, Agriculture and Livestorck
- Economic Development
- Technical Services
- Lands, Physical Services, Environment and Conservation
- Personal Management and Administrative Services
3. Minister/Women Representative and Minister responsible:
- Community Government
- Community Development
The Care Taker Government will be responsible for running the government for the next 14 days. This will include meetings and ongoing consultations with the Government of Papua New Guinea, key development partners and the ABG Administration, Public Service machinery and government agencies.
My Care Taker Government withtin the 14 days will aim to implement relevent policies and directives towards the preparations of the more permanent government, considering also the financial and budgetary implications.
I would like to assure my people of Bougainville and Papua New Guinea that as your mandated President am ready to take Bougainville forward, focusing on law and order, anti-corruption policies, the ratification process and improving fiscal self-reliance of Bouganville.
on a more specific role, I take note again that my Care Taker Government will focus crtically on the dialogue and consultation phase with the Government of Papua New Guinea in preparation for Ratification process.
In conclusion, I call on every able Bougainvillean to rally behind my Care Taker Government for the next 14 days until a full and permanent government is formed.
God bles Bougainville.