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If your business does business with Papua New Guinea, you can’t afford to miss this respected international event.


10 days to go: final agenda and social program

10 days to go: final agenda and social program

The policies of the new Papua New Guinea Government will be very much under discussion at the conference, to be held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney on 19 & 20 August.

This is the main event we hold each year for our readers and the program promises plenty of highlights:


Bernard Salt‘s keynote will open the conference. A renowned business analyst, author and demographer, Salt is one of Australia’s best business speakers and we’ve asked him to talk about global trends and how they are likely to affect PNG over the coming decade. This is big picture stuff and few do it better.


With PNG’s telecommunications infrastructure improving steadily, we have also commissioned a special keynote presentation from tech expert and futurist Mark Pesce on the business opportunities that will flow from PNG’s improved internet connectivity. Mark’s influential Next Billion Seconds podcast has 1.5 million listeners and he will join the conference fresh from moderating at the G20 in Osaka.


We’re also looking forward to:

  • The CEOs of PNG’s major domestic investors, Paul Sayer (Nambawan Super) and Ian Tarutia (Nasfund), on how to raise capital in PNG
  • A special session on PNG’s mining and petroleum sector
  • ‘A Tale of Two Cities’: Rio Fiocco (President, Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry) and John Byrne (CEO, Lae Chamber of Commerce) in conversation with BAI’s Andrew Wilkins
  • More about PNG’s energy roadmap from PNG Power’s pawa meri, Carolyn Blacklock and Douglas Midland of the United States’ Overseas Private Investment Corporation (one of the funds behind the US$2 billion PNG Rural Electrification Project)
  • World Bank economist Ilyas Sarsenov‘s up-to-the-minute update on PNG’s economy
  • Chairman David Lawrence’s plans to expand PNG’s stock exchange
  • Learning how billions of kina is going to be invested in PNG’s roads, ports and airports
  • Investment Promotion Authority Chairman Leon Buskens on the planned changes to PNG’s foreign investment laws
  • Plans to develop Gulf Province, host province for the Papua LNG project
  • The bonus Fiji lunch with Westpac’s Brett Hooker and the Fiji Trade Commission’s Daniel Stow and a Solomon Islands briefing with Atenasi Ata, CEO, Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry
With 35 speakers over two days and a private tour and dinner at Sydney’s iconic Museum of Contemporary Art, the conference promises to offer something for everyone. For more on the social program, visit the website’s Practical Information page.

View the full program here.
Register now to secure your attendance.