By Stephanie Elizah
Abg’s first trade commissioner Thomas Bockhold is in Bougainville for a two day visit. Mr. Bockhold arrived in Bougainville yesterday, accompanied by his wife Michi Rohr and Bougainville friend Gus Schweinfurth.
In welcoming Mr Bockhold, acting chief administrator Mr Chris Siriosi said Mr Bockhold’s visit is a special occasion. Mr Bockhold is ABG’s first trade commissioner to Germany. He is based in Berlin.
“It is an important step in the history of Bougainville because we are implementing the requirements of the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the Bougainville Constitution where it gives the privilege, the right and authority to ABG to set up trade commissions throughout the world, in countries where ABG has specific interest to trade.” Mr Siriosi said there are many benefits to this arrangement, benefits in tourism, goods and services, education. “We look forward to a good relationship with the government of Germany through our commission”, said Mr. Siriosi.