Community-Information Center opened in Bougainville

Jan 23, 2017

Buka Town, 23 January 2017The first of its kind Community Information Centre was opened in the North Bougainville Region.

Supported by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Peacebuilding Fund, the Community Information Center will serve as a “one-stop shop” where visitors can learn about the work of the ABG and the national government on the Referendum and implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

The Community Information Centre was first presented to the ABG in 2016 during the 15th Anniversary celebration of the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement. Since then the Center has been  further upgraded to include a roof, fencing of the facility, electronic billboard and a full solar power kit to keep the centre running.

The new developments allow to use the billboard and showcase videos, footage and key messages to the people of North Bougainville and support ABG and national government efforts on awareness raising. The Center will also offer other information services.

UNDP plans to establish two more Community Information Centers in Arawa (Central region) and Buin (Southern region).  Once fully commissioned, the three information centers will be handed over to the Bureau of Media and Public Relations of the ABG to support BPA implementation efforts.

“We hope that the Community Center will serve as an information hub for communities and provide them with accurate information about important issues such the Peace Agreement and the upcoming Referendum. With access to relevant information, communities are more empowered to fully participate in the national development and make informed choices”, said UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Roy Trivedy.


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