“Wakunai, Arawa and Buin are among 21 areas in PNG where BSP is the only bank operating and we are committed to providing improved banking services; including the expansion of our Arawa Branch to cater for the growing customer base,” said BSP Financial Group Limited (BSP) Group CEO Robin Fleming during his recent visit to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB).
Mr Fleming said BSP understands that with the growing customer base, expansion of the Arawa branch is necessary, to continue to effectively provide banking services to the people of Bougainville.
The BSP chief, together with BSP New Guinea Islands Area Manager Ruby Patu, had a brief audience with Arawa Town Mayor, Member for South Bougainville and Minister for Communication & Information Technology (ICT), Honorable Timothy Masiu, MP, including the Business Arm of South Bougainville (BUSIBA) and discussed the expansion of the BSP Arawa Branch and the Buin Sub-Branch.
Mr Fleming added; “the trip was timely as we are heading towards Christmas, the peak period of our operations, it was good to visit our AROB branches and acknowledge our staff for their tireless contribution in the region.”
BSP’s remains committed not only through banking service delivery in the region but also through its Corporate Social Responsibility in the annual Community Projects. Buka Branch Manager Julie Warren and her team will hand over the branch’s 13th Community Project later this month. The branch will supply desks for Lonahan Primary School, located along the East Coast of Buka Island.
BSP Group CEO Robin Fleming (third adult from right) and South Bougainville MP & Minister for ICT Timothy Masiu met in Buin last week during Mr Fleming's visit to the region.
“We hope to deliver the project in time for the Grade 8 Basic Examination. With this project Buka Branch will have assisted communities on the island with 13 projects worth K305,000 since 2009 and we are proud to be giving back to the communities through such worthy projects,” Ms Warren said.
In June, the Arawa Branch came to the assistance of one of the oldest school in Arawa - Arawa Primary School (previously known as Bovo International School prior to the Bougainville Crisis) giving new desks for Grades 3 and 4 students along with a refurbished classroom.
Since 2009, the bank has delivered 21 community projects worth K550,000 through its Buka and Arawa branches.