Bougainville a top PNG spending priority
By Clifford Faiparik
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 4) – The Autonomous Bougainville Government has become the recipient of the biggest development fund grants and Public Investment Programme (PIP) projects in Papua New Guinea, amounting to more than PGK900,000 [US$321,000], Bougainville Affairs and Health Minister Sir Peter Barter said.
„Funds to meet the ABG’s recurrent costs are also among the highest in the country. In terms of kina per head of population, they are very much bigger than similar grants to any provincial government.“
Sir Peter said yesterday: „These grants, totalling PGK946,380, are additional to increased allocations for direct expenditures by National Government departments and agencies engaged in restoring and developing their capacity to meet ongoing responsibilities in and for Bougainville.“