• Papua New Guinea (PNG) has a remarkable diversity of geographic and natural resources. The country occupies the eastern half of the West Pacific island of New Guinea, together with the smaller islands of New Britain, New Ireland, and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and another 600 or so smaller islands and atolls.

    PNG’s overall economic growth performance has been consistent with real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita averaging 4% since the mid-2000s. While revenues continue to face challenges arising from lower global commodity prices, good macroeconomic management and more efficient service delivery is necessary to ensure development benefits reach a greater number of Papua New Guineans.

    Papua New Guinea’s population is young and growing. PNG’s growth trajectory and abundant resource potential provides a strong platform for greater economic engagement with Asia and further abroad.

    The country’s economy remains dominated by two broad sectors:

    • the agricultural, forestry, and fishing sectors, which engages most of PNG’s labor force (the majority informally);
    • the minerals and energy extraction sector which accounts for the majority of export earnings and GDP.

    To diversify PNG’s asset base and increase employment, investment is needed to strengthen capacity in institutions, human capital, and physical infrastructure. Electricity, telecommunications, road and other transport infrastructure remain critical to enabling private sector-led growth.

    PNG has complex cultural dynamics deeply rooted in tribal and ethnic identity, indigenous social institutions, and land. These lead to both daunting risk factors and capacities for resilience.

    There are limited formal job opportunities for the growing employment age population and other risks include environmental management, population growth, political fragmentation, inequalities in PNG’s resource dominated economy, and social exclusion of some groups


    Last Updated: Apr 09, 2019

  • The World Bank Group continues to grow its presence across in PNG and is committed to continuing this support long term.

    In May 2019, the World Bank and PNG government agreed on a new Country Partnership Framework for Papua New Guinea (2019-2022)..

    The new five-year strategy is aligned with Papua New Guinea’s development plans, and lays out three main focus areas for work by the World Bank Group in Papua New Guinea. These three focus areas are:

    -       To improve the country’s macro and fiscal resilience;

    -       ensure more effective and inclusive services, particularly in underserved areas; and

    -       encourage private sector growth and jobs in the non-resources sector.

    Strengthening governance in both the natural resources sector and across management of public resources underpins the strategy.

    This framework will aim to ensure everyone, regardless of their gender, where they live, or their social and economic circumstances, will benefit equally from the World Bank’s work to support PNG’s development goals.

    The World Bank is also strengthening its analysis of PNG’s economic challenges and prospects, with the publication of twice-yearly PNG Economic Update reports.


    Last Updated: Jun 25, 2019

  • The Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project is Papua New Guinea’s largest agriculture program. Launched in 2010, the project is improving the livelihoods of smallholder cocoa and coffee producers. Since it began, more than 60,000 smallholder coffee and cocoa farmers have benefited from various activities supported under the project. Additionally, more than three million cocoa trees and more than seven million coffee trees have been replanted or rehabilitated across Papua New Guinea. With an additional funding of $30 million, the project is expanding into the Momase region of Papua New Guinea, which a strong focus on increasing support to women farmers. Following the success of the partnership model under PPAP, the government is currently preparing a $40 million new project to extend the model to also include coconut, spices and small livestock value chains to commence in early 2020.

    In Port Moresby, the Urban Youth Employment Project has provided thousands of young Papua New Guineans with life skills and short-term employment opportunities. The government is currently preparing a second phase expansion of the UYEP to Lae City to commence in mid-2019. The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government (DFAT) and the Government of Papua New Guinea, with support from the Republic of Korea and the private sector. This has allowed the project to open opportunities for more than 18,000 unemployed young men and women to engage in skills training and work placement activities.

    Poor road conditions mean that for many people in Papua New Guinea, travel by road can be impossible, unsafe or simply far too expensive. Without reliable access to roads, people cannot reach schools, hospitals or markets when they need to. Now in its second phase, the World Bank’s Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Project has already restored more than 800 kilometers of roads across PNG. More than 50 national and provincial bridges have been rehabilitated, maintained and/or replaced and an estimated 1.3 million people (27% of the population) have benefitted.

    Drug resistant Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious and ongoing threat to public health in Papua New Guinea. Daru, a small island in Western Province, is a global hot spot for multi drug-resistant tuberculosis. The World Bank has contributed $15 million to the multi-partner Emergency Tuberculosis Project to kick TB out of PNG with improved screening, diagnosis and treatment programs. Patient treatment drop-out rates have now reduced from 30% to zero on Daru Island, one of PNG’s key hotspots for tuberculosis and multidrug resistant tuberculosis. Since first hitting the road in late 2017, the project’s mobile X-ray screening van has already screened over 6,500 people – nearly half of the entire population of Daru.

    In the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the Inclusive Development in Post-Conflict Bougainville project has supported women’s participation in development. Training has been delivered to 930 participating women, and 126 small grants have been awarded to women’s groups, including at least one project in each of Bougainville’s 43 Community Government Areas (formerly Council of Elders) spread across the 13 districts funding community-benefiting projects including markets and community health centers. It is estimated that over 51,000 people – almost half of whom are women – have benefitted from completed grant projects, representing nearly 25% of the Bougainville population.

    Between 2011 and 2015, the World Bank worked with PNG’s Department of Education to deliver the PGK51.9 million (US$19.2 million) READ PNG project  to improve the teaching and learning of reading skills in PNG’s elementary and primary schools. The project focused on two areas: providing more books and learning materials to classrooms, so that more children can enjoy the benefits of reading; and on helping teachers improve their teaching of reading.

    Through READ PNG, many thousands of books were delivered to more than 21,000 classroom libraries across PNG, including to some of the country’s most remote schools, with more than 12,000 teachers and facilitators receiving training to improve their skills in teaching reading.

    Electricity access to the 8 million people has been very low at 13%. Cost of electricity for the population is very high compared to many countries, and consumers suffer frequent power outages. Since 2013, the Bank has been helping prepare a strategy to increase electricity access and meet the government’s 70% target by 2030. The strategy for the National Electrification Roll Out Plan (NEROP) is ready to be implemented. The Bank has also supported the preparation of the 80MW Naoro Brown hydropower project which will contribute to clean and cheap source of energy which is also aligned to meet the government’s vision of a fully carbon neutral energy source by 2050. In addition, renewable energy resource mapping commercial data for potential investments for wind and solar technology for PNG is now freely available on the following links: https://globalwindatlas.info https://globalsolaratlas.info

    The Bank has continued to provide support to the PNG Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) secretariat and civil society organizations to fully comply with EITI standards. The 2018 EITI validation rated PNG with “meaningful progress” outcome which was a positive indication of the tremendous collaboration of all stakeholders in the implementation of the EITI process in PNG.

    Last Updated: Apr 09, 2019


Papua New Guinea: Commitments by Fiscal Year (in millions of dollars)*

*Amounts include IBRD and IDA commitments

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