Ms Paul believes an impartial Bougainville is a “win-win state of affairs” benefiting the area and PNG if “all of us come collectively”. The overwhelming majority in Bougainville assist independence – not solely on the latest referendum when 97 per cent voted in favour, but additionally since earlier than PNG statehood. She acknowledges the considerations of Bougainville’s neighbours and the PNG nationwide authorities, however sees the problems as hurdles, not obstacles.
She argues Bougainville has the human and pure assets to achieve success. Although many challenges lie forward, the advantages are nice and the independence aim achievable.
Geraldine Paul is the Bougainville Minister for Main Industries, Marine Sources and Forestry. She is one among 5 girls elected to Bougainville’s parliament and a member of cupboard. Earlier than becoming a member of politics, she labored to re-establish agricultural livelihoods and industries after the Bougainville battle that noticed many lives and livelihoods misplaced. She promotes girls’s financial empowerment and neighborhood growth as a member of the Bougainville Household and Sexual Violence Motion Committee.