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BCL joins Bel Kol Events Committee

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Bougainville Copper Limited is pleased to have accepted an invitation to join Bougainville’s Bel Kol Events Committee.

The Committee is responsible for the organisation of the Bel Kol ceremony. This event will be an adaptation of the traditional practice in which parties hold a ceremony to begin a process of negotiations to restore relationships.

BCL had requested to be included as part of the Committee and was subsequently invited to participate in preparations for the ceremony.

The Committee had recently closed out a phase of internal negotiations between stakeholders in central Bougainville.

With local alignment strengthened, the Committee moved focus to concentrate on preparations for the event itself and this was another factor in the timing of the invitation for BCL’s participation.

In December 2014, BCL joined a broad representation of Kieta and Panguna stakeholders and the Autonomous Bougainville Government as members of the committee.

Despite uncertainty surrounding legal tenure over its mining leases on Bougainville, BCL remains committed to the process of Bel Kol and to the deliberations of the Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee.

With more regular visits to central Bougainville, BCL will now progress fact finding with urgency to ensure the company has fulfilled its requirements for participation in the Bel Kol ceremony by mid-2015.

BCL wants to ensure there are broadly shared expectations and support for the Bel Kol ceremony.  This will be achieved through discussions and interviews with a range of local stakeholders, as guided by the Events Committee.

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BCL gives boost to Team Bougainville at PNG Games

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BCL has announced a donation of K40,000 to the Autonomous Bougainville Sports Foundation (ABSF) in support of Team Autonomous Bougainville for this year’s Sixth Papua New Guinea Games.

The money has been provided for uniforms, equipment and accommodation for Bougainvillean athletes and support staff who have travelled to Lae in the Morobe Province where the Games began this week.

The ABSF recognises that mass participation in sport is crucial to promoting unity and regional pride and it is using sport as a means of strengthening the peace-building process on Bougainville.

The PNG Games will run until 29 November and Bougainvillean athletes are competing across 18 sports including athletics, boxing, bodybuilding, darts, taekwondo, kickboxing, volleyball, basketball, netball, touch football, rugby, rugby union, soccer, power lifting, weight lifting, softball and karate.

The Games give the athletes a chance to demonstrate their abilities on a national stage as representatives from the 22 provinces of PNG come together.

The ABSF also believes the PNG Games provide participants with an important opportunity to interact with people of different cultures and backgrounds.

BCL wishes the best of luck to all Bougainvillean athletes competing in the Games.

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Bougainvillean students welcome blog editor to Madang


The editor of the Bougainville 24 (B24) blog visited Bougainvillean students before the end of semester at Divine Word University (DWU) in Madang, many of whom contribute to the project.

Editor Ben Jackson was warmly received by the 18 student writers who study at DWU, their first face-to-face meeting after nearly a year of email correspondence.

The Bougainville Students Association put on a fundraising barbeque on a typically beautiful Madang day.

The students expressed their gratitude for the B24 initiative, which gives the students the opportunity to write about local issues, culture, people, major events, projects and more.

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Students visit BCL office in POM

Three Bougainvillean university students have visited the Bougainville Copper Limited office in Port Moresby.

Two of the students, Benjamin Heriberth Noibio and Fabian Epota, came from the Pacific Adventist University that has a campus on the outskirts of the national capital.

They were joined by Leonard Fong Roka, who was in Port Moresby to receive his Crocodile Prize Award for Papua New Guinea’s Book of Year, Brokenville.

After spending two hours getting acquainted with Port Moresby’s traffic, the students and Bougainville 24 editor Ben Jackson arrived at the BCL Office, where they were greeted by staff and shown around.

“Your visit to PAU was an outstanding and very special day for me as a writer from Bougainville,” said Mr Noibio.

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Sir Peter Barter joins Panguna planning process


The Joint Panguna Negotiation Committee (JPNCC) has been boosted by the support of eminent businessman and former senior political figure Sir Peter Barter.

Sir Peter has been appointed as the Independent Chair of the Multi Party Trust Fund that administers the funding for JPNCC projects which include social, economic and environmental studies relating to the possible re-opening of the Panguna mine.

After an eight-year absence, Sir Peter was warmly welcomed back to Bougainville by a greeting party including a traditional dance troupe from Takuu Atoll.

“One of the reasons I have chosen to be here today is to see whether or not we can move forward and create an economy, which is needed to make this province truly autonomous,” Sir Peter Barter told the audience at Buka Airport.

“We have no autonomy without an economy.”

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JPNCC encourages ongoing discussions with landowners


Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) has told representatives of Panguna mine-affected landowners that it welcomes direct dialogue between parties as well as collective discussion.

The issue was raised at the Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee (JPNCC) meeting in Buka last Friday.

Some landowner representatives said they would like to have regular, informal contact with BCL to raise issues not covered by the JPNCC terms of reference.

The JPNCC is responsible for a range of activities including environmental, social and economic studies, as well as the customary bel kol reconciliation process.

The landowners sought the blessing of the JPNCC to proceed with informal talks about their own particular issues.

Other JPNCC members agreed that discussions between parties outside JPNCC meetings are an importance part of the process.

Shadrach Himata, PNG National Government representative on the committee, told the meeting that, though the JPNCC is where formal discussions take place, there is no problem with members holding informal talks and he encouraged these activities.

The next meeting of the JPNCC will be held in Port Moresby on Friday 3 October.

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Panguna planning continues with appointment of consultants


The Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee (JPNCC) met in Buka last Friday to discuss the selection of consultants to conduct environmental, social and economic studies in the Panguna area.

The JPNCC comprises representatives from the Autonomous Bougainville Government, the Papua New Guinea National Government, Panguna-affected landowners and Bougainville Copper Limited.

It is part of a process that ensures all key stakeholders have the same access to information about a possible resumption of mining on Bougainville.

Its responsibilities include the supervision of environmental, social and economic studies as well as the customary bel kol reconciliation process.

As with all decisions made by the JPNCC, the selection of consultants for the baseline studies will be made unanimously.

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BV24 contributor wins Crocodile Prize Book of the Year award


A frequent contributor to Bougainville Copper Limited’s (BCL) blog, Bougainville 24, has won the Ok Tedi Mining Award for Book of the Year in the Crocodile Prize, the national literary awards of Papua New Guinea.

Leonard Fong Roka won the award for Brokenville, a memoir of his experiences as a youth in Central Bougainville during the crisis years. The book tells the tale of a boy who is thrust into manhood by the escalating violence and chaos around him.

Bougainville 24 was launched in October 2013 and features articles about Bougainville, news on BCL activities and writing by Bougainvilleans.

“2014 is the happiest moment of my writing since more Bougainvilleans have come out, especially with the BCL backed Bougainville 24,” Leonard Roka said on Twitter.

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BCL issues press release on Transitional Mining Act

bcl-logo-2014Bougainville Copper Limited has submitted the following press release to the Australian Stock Exchange regarding the Bougainville Mining (Transitional Arrangements) Bill:

Bougainville Mining (Transitional Arrangements) Bill

The Chairman of Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL), Peter Taylor, received a letter on 12 August from the President of Bougainville, Chief John Momis, that stated the Bougainville Mining (Transitional Arrangements) Act (Act) 2014 has been passed by Autonomous Bougainville Parliament and will come into force upon notice in the Bougainville Gazette. No date was set for publication of the notice.

The letter advises as follows with respect to section 212(2) of the Act:

“(1) Prior to that Act coming into operation, BCL is the holder of an SML over the area of the current Panguna SML, primarily by virtue of the operation of the relevant provisions of the Mining (Bougainville Copper Agreement) Act concerning the SML;

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Bel Kol – A tradition with contemporary applications

By Leonard Fong Roka

Charles Kororo – Paramount chief of Piavora.

In the Nasioi society of Bougainville, just like many traditional societies on the Solomon archipelago, conflict was an inevitable aspect of the people’s way of life.

Conflict was intrinsic to the interaction of people and from time to time this led to the disruption of peace within society with war, destruction and death.

Before colonisation the Nasioi society was governed by clan leadership and power. The laws that existed over the land were held supreme and observed by all and thus our society was generally peaceful with minimal reckless violence.

In moments of conflict the Nasioi civilization had customary procedures to heal the wounds and divisions in our midst.

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