14 May 2014

Elders to get role in Bougainville administration

3:58 pm on 14 May 2014

The autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville plans to give the Councils of Elders a key role in overseeing the public service.

Bougainville is launching its own public service today as the handing down of powers under the Bougainville Peace Agreement picks up pace.

The chief administrator, Chris Siriosi, says it is something for the province to be proud of and comes after two years of preparation.

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He says it will mean more effective delivery of services to the grassroots and there will be accountability to the system of local level government.

Mr Siriosi says the Councils of Elders will have a key role.

"We want Council of Elders to be responsible for monitoring and compliance with standards, public service standards here in Bougainville. That is something that is a bit more long term but we intend to start work on that immediately."

The chief administrator in Bougainville, Chris Siriosi

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