This month, Papua New Guinea celebrates 40 years of independence, providing an opportunity to reflect on how far the nation has come, and the challenges that lay ahead.
As the Pacific’s largest country by population, land and economic activity, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill believes PNG is “entering a period of change never experienced before”. The challenges ahead lie in ensuring all people benefit from PNG’s continued development, through improved employment opportunities, reliable infrastructure and high quality services.
PNG is also securing its role in the region as not just an economic leader, but as a driver of the broader regional policy agenda, engaging in numerous bilateral agreements with neighbours and hosting the APEC Forum in 2018. The nation has also recently hosted the Pacific Islands Games and the Pacific Islands Forum, the latter of which Prime Minister O’Neill has become Chair.
So what lies ahead for PNG? Will the Government’s 2050 vision plan effectively guide tangible policies to take PNG forward? And how will the nation continue to cement its position as a regional leader?
Joining us to discuss these topics we have Cecelia Nembou, Associate Professor of Management and Vice President, Divine Word University, Port Moresby; Marjorie Andrew, Deputy Director, Papua New Guinea Institute of International Affairs and; Franz Drees-Gross, World Bank Country Director for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.
The discussion will be held at the World Bank office in Sydney at Level 19, 14 Martin Place.
It will be relayed to our offices in:
- Dili, Timor-Leste
Avenida dos Direitos Humanos Dili, Timor-Leste (Tel: +670 3312367)
- Honiara, Solomon Islands
The World Bank, Mud Alley, Honiara PO Box 1744, Honiara (Tel : +677 21444)
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Deloitte Tower, Level 13, Port Moresby NCD (Tel: +675-321-7111)
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The panel discussion will last 30 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes for audience questions.
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