Department of Economic Development Building, Haku Street, Buka Town, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. All you need to know about Bougainville, our history and how to get here. Located northeast of mainland Papua New Guinea, this picturesque region encompasses pristine beaches, dense rainforest, cascading waterfalls, and even volcanoes. Find out all the things you can do in Bougainville. Controller of the state-of-emergency Francis Tokura, announced this … The largest island is Bougainville Island (also the largest of the Solomon Islands archipelago). The conduct of the referendum was one of three key pillars of the 2001 Bougainville Peace Agreement (the others being 'autonomy' and 'weapons disposal'). Former rebel military commander Ishmael Toroama has been elected as president of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, electoral officials said on Wednesday. After five electoral cycles, Bougainville has proven its political and social will to conduct peaceful elections. By ROMULUS MASIU. The nation of Papua New Guinea contains the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, as well as the islands of New Ireland, New Britain, and Bougainville, in addition to numerous smaller islands. Between 2015 and 2020, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville is scheduled to hold a referendum on its future political status—that is, whether it should remain part of the southwest Pacific state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) or progress to full independence. The political structure of Bougainville as an autonomous region within Papua New Guinea reflects the important need, following the civil war, for parliamentary representation of different interest groups. Autonomous Region of Bougainville The 168 islands of Autonomous Region of Bougainville, previously known as the North Solomons Province (NSP), cover 9,300 square kilometers made up of Bougainville and Buka islands, and a number of small islands and island groups. Geographically, Bougainville is the largest of the Solomon Islands, located near the northern end of that chain. Share this article now. These will be the first elections held since the 2019 Bougainville referendum, in which 98 percent of voters selected independence from Papua New Guinea (PNG). It provides us with an exclusive right to self-determination. Also known as "Bougainville Island". Wednesday, September 23, 2020 10:45 AM. View a variety of media content from ABG: Read reports about the performance of ABG's autonomy. May 19, 2020. The purpose of ABG is to function as the official governing entity within the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and also to represent and advocate for the interests of Bougainvilleans in the national context of Papua New … Bougainville has been autonomous since the late 1990s. From nature walks to discovering WWII relics, Bougainville is perfect for the adventurous traveller. Recognizing the historic importance of the 2020 general elections, voters held high expectations for a well-planned and successfully executed election as they turned out to elect the body that will negotiate the region’s independence from PNG. Bougainville is located in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Bougainville Province) in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Not for release to US wire services or distribution in the United States. Bougainville remains part of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and has four elected representatives in the PNG national parliament. Media in category "Autonomous Region of Bougainville" This category contains only the following file. Ishmael Toroama, 2020 ABG Inauguration Read full speech! - President Hon. Still dealing with the debilitating effects of an at times brutal civil conflict from 1988 to 1997, the Autonomous Bougainville Government is working to rebuild its economy and governance structures while navigating the final stages of a peace process, including a referendum on its political future due to take place by 2020. Torokina is a coastal village on the island of Bougainville, - Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB), Papua New Guinea. Media Statement from the Office of the President, JTT agrees on recommendations for joint government meet, Joint Technical Team meeting set for 26th November, Enrollment for Bougainvilleans residing in the Solomon Islands, The Bougainville Chocolate Festival, August 7-8 2019, Bougainville Referendum: Issue of writs date, September 27, 2019. The largest island is Bougainville Island (also the largest of the Solomon Islands archipelago), and the province also includes Buka Island and assorted outlying nearby islands including the Carterets. No.1 of 2013 AN ACT Entitled Bougainville Physical Planning Act 2013. The province encompasses Bougainville Island plus surrounding islands and atolls. Welcome to the official website of the Autonomous Bougainville Government. While we might be small in size, Bougainville offers a rich variety of experiences. "The Bougainville Peace Agreement is the real basis for us all being here today. The main mode of travel around the region is by boats. Information about the June 15th, 2019 referendumClick here for more, The basis for our autonomous governanceClick here for more, News articles and public notices from ABGClick here for more. From guest houses to authentic village stays, Bougainville has it all. Covering an area of 462,840 sq.km (178,700 sq mi), Papua New Guinea is the 3 rd largest island nation and the world’s 54th largest country.. We have now translated it into a number (the 98% Vote), without any significant minority throughout Bougainville. Bougainvilleans and have a land area of 9,300 square kilometres. The autonomous region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea voted overwhelmingly to leave the country and form a new independent nation on Wednesday. Self governing, autonomous region means that they stay part of PNG but look after their own affairs on the island. Mag. With Buka Island and several island groups, it forms the autonomous region of Bougainville. 4.7 earthquake - 210 km northwest of Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 15 Nov 1.41 pm (GMT +11) - … The interim capital is Buka.. The main islands of Bougainville and Buka as well as 166 smaller islands and atolls are home to approximately 300,000 (est.) Prewar and during the Pacific War, Bougainville was considered part of the North Solomons or Northern Solomons. We have fought for it, and won the war, but we have not yet won the battle! The Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) is Located at the northern tip of the Solomon Islands Archipelago. Formally known as Bougainville Province or North Solomons Province. Bougainville (/ ˈ b oʊ ɡ ən ˌ v ɪ l / BOH-ghən-vil; Tok Pisin: Bogenvil), officially the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, is an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea.The largest island is Bougainville Island, while the region also includes Buka Island and a number of outlying islands and atolls.. The referendum offered people a choice between 'greater autonomy' and 'independence'. We can choose and shape our future, a right unique in PNG, and rare internationally. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville of Papua New Guinea was established in the northern Solomon Islands in 2000. - President Chief Dr. John Momis, President and the Bougainville Executive Council, Personnel Management and Administrative Services. Bougainville’s new president and representatives and their counterparts The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) was developed from the peace negotiations (Bougainville Peace Agreement) that concluded the Bougainville Crisis era. Independence has been our dream since the days of our forefathers. Being an Act to establish a comprehensive mechanism for physical planning inthe Autonomous Region of Bougainville and to provide powers for the planning and regulation of physical development, and for related purposes. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville, a chain of islands that lie 959 kilometres northwest of Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, has voted unequivocally for independence. Here you can find information about ABG and the work we do in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville has been known for its picture-perfect beaches and bays since French explorers spread stories of its beauty almost 200 years ago. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville (/ ˌ b oʊ ɡ ən ˈ v ɪ l / BOH-gən-VIL), previously known as the North Solomons Province, is an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea. The Autonomous Region of Bougainville, previously known as the North Solomons Province, is an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea. Read more about this topic: Autonomous Region Of Bougainville For census purposes, the LLG areas are subdivided into wards and those into census units. Bougainville is 75 miles (120 km) long and 40–60 miles (65–95 km) wide. Let there be no doubt, about the legality and validity of the Referendum and the results, as the Referendum is captured in the Organic Law on Peacebuilding in Bougainville and Referendum, and inserted into the PNG Constitution."