The primary objective of the Directorate of Media and Communications (the Directorate) is to ensure that proper media and communication structures are in place to enable the ABG to effectively communicate with communities in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARoB), Papua New Guinea (PNG), and abroad.
The Directorate currently utilises radio, print media, as well as the official ABG website to communicate with its audience. In the future the Directorate hopes to introduce other mediums of communications, including a TV station. The Directorate is also responsible for administering ABG the records and archives database.
The Directorate will play a crucial role in the next few years in the lead up to the referendum, which is scheduled to take place in June 2019. The Directorate will have an important function in promoting the referendum, providing information to communities about the referendum and what it means for Bougainville and its people.
Like many ABG departments, the Directorate is not currently operating at full strength. While there are several vacant positons, the Directorate is being asked to increasingly lead the dissemination of referendum related information and improve the ABG’s engagement with the public. Despite these challenges, the Directorate has made advancements in key work streams, such as the regular production of the Bougainville Bulletin, management of mobile radio and motion picture vehicles, and administration of digital media.