Posts Categorized: JPNCC

Sir Peter Barter joins Panguna planning process

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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

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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

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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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ABG to deliver more information

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The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) has promised an increased flow of information to the Bougainville people, as consideration is given to a possible resumption of mining at Panguna.

This forms part of a strategy to ensure the people are at the centre of decisions about the future of the Panguna mine.

The ABG forms part of the Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee (JPNCC), along with landowner representatives, the Government of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL).

The JPNCC was established to bring together the major stakeholders to take steps towards an eventual decision on the resumption of mining at Panguna.

The co-chair of the JPNCC, Mr Raymond Masono, stated that an open and transparent environment is the only way to move forward.

“The exclusion of Bougainvilleans from decisions about development of the Panguna copper mine was a key cause of the Bougainville conflict,” Mr Masono said.

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BCL mine will bring local education and employment

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Maximising opportunities for Bougainvillean workers will be a priority for Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) in any future resumption of operations at the Panguna mine.

A study conducted by BCL last year states that education and training activities will be initiated if the decision is made to redevelop the mine.

These activities will focus on ensuring a Bougainvillean workforce is trained in time for commencement of mine operations.

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Landowners lead the way in Panguna discussions

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Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) would only consider a return to operations at Panguna with the full support of customary landowners in the mine affected regions and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG).

BCL believes it has strengthened its relationship with landowners through regular meetings and a shared responsibility as part of the Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee (JPNCC).

The JPNCC consists of representatives from landowners, ABG, Government of Papua New Guinea and BCL and meets approximately every six weeks. The last meeting was on Wednesday 22 January in Port Moresby

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Landowners, ABG and BCL work to right the wrongs

By Leonard Fong Roka

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Discussions between mine-affected landowners, Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) are being held not to re-open the Panguna mine, but to right the wrongs of the past.

The major players need to complete many tasks before progress towards a mine can even be considered.

These include the implementation of a mining bill for Bougainville, the push for BCL-Bougainville Bel Kol, social mapping, baseline studies and increased community engagement.

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Panguna mine can rejuvenate region

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A Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) operated mine at Panguna has the potential to revitalise Central Bougainville with upgrades to infrastructure and facilities.

However, any future decision as to whether the mine should be redeveloped is at least three years away, depending on findings from the environmental and social baseline studies, and completion of a pre-feasibility study.

According to the 2013 Order of Magnitude Study upgrades are needed to service a workforce employed at Panguna, the wider community and the functionality of the mine itself.

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JPNCC push for local training and employment

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The first meeting of the Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee (JPNCC) for 2014 was held in Port Moresby on Wednesday 22 January.

The meeting involved discussions on a number of matters relating the potential return of Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) to the autonomous region.

The JPNCC consists of representatives of mine affected landowners, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), the Government of Papua New Guinea and BCL.

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Prime Minister and President to reconcile in POM

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A reconciliation ceremony will be held in Port Moresby today between the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Peter O’Neill, and the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), Dr John Momis.

The  ceremony will also be attended by the Bougainvillean members of the national parliament Jimmy Miringtoro and Steven Kamma Pirika.

This forms part of a joint-government effort to strengthen ties between Bougainville and the rest of Papua New Guinea, which will culminate in a visit by the Prime Minister to the Autonomous Region next Monday 27 January.

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