Bougainville. Papua New Guinea press review

On the 16th of October 2020 Australian High Commissioner in Papua New Guinea (PNG) Jonathan Philp concluded his official one-week visit to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB). This was the High Commissioner’s second visit after having earlier accompanied PNG Prime Minister Hon. James Marape to witness the swearing in of the new Bougainville Government in September. High Commissioner Mr. Philp meet with ARB President Ishmael Toroama again, along with New Zealand High Commissioner, Philip Taula, and United Nations Resident Coordinator, Gianluca Rampolla. The High Commissioner also met with the Attorney General and Minister for Post-Referendum Consultation and Dialogue for the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Ezekiel Masatt, to discuss preparations for post-referendum consultations. Mr. Philp was also pleased to have the opportunity to meet with women members of the Bougainville House of Representatives. [1]

However, being in Bougainville, Mr. Philp launched an initiative, which aims to increase the number of skilled PNG workers in the country by growing Papua New Guinea’s Technical Vocational Education and Training sector. The new skills initiative will expand support to training institutions in three provinces, starting in Bougainville, the Western Highlands and Manus. [2] [1]

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