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Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference
19 & 20 August, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Provisional Program

Monday 19 August 2019

  • Official welcome PNG’s High Commissioner to Australia
    09.00 - 09.15
  • Opening address The Hon. Peter O’Neill MP CMG, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea*, followed by in conversation with Andrew Wilkins, Publishing Director, Business Advantage International
    09.15 - 10.00
  • Keynote: Bernard Salt- Worldwide social change and what it means for Papua New Guinea Bernard is one of Australia’s leading social commentators and business analysts. His keynote address will present the results of an exclusive new study on PNG commissioned by Business Advantage International especially for this conference.
    10.00 - 10.45
  • Morning Tea
    10.45 - 11.15
  • The 2019 PNG 100 CEO Survey PNG’s Business Environment
    11.15 - 11.20
  • Economic update on Papua New Guinea Ilyas Sarsenov, Senior Economist, The World Bank
    11.25 - 11.50
  • Panel: ‘Raising capital in PNG: key investors and lenders look at the best funding models for business in PNG’
    11.50 - 12.30
  • Networking lunch or Fiji update lunch (booking essential)
    12.30 - 13.30
  • Mining and Petroleum The US$13 billion Papua LNG project and the US$8 billion Wafi-Golpu copper-gold project are fast approaching their final investment decisions in PNG. This panel will outline the progress of these major resources projects, and the business opportunities they will bring with them. • Peter Botten, CEO, Oil Search Ltd* • Jean-Marc Noiray, Managing Director, Total PNG* • Craig Jones, Executive General Manager—Wafi-Golpu, Newcrest Mining
    13.30 - 14.30
  • Panel: PNG’s growing services sector
    14.30 - 15.15
  • Afternoon break
    15.15 - 15.30
  • Investment case study
    15.30 - 15.45
  • Spotlight on Gulf Province, home of the Papua LNG project
    15.45 - 16.00
  • The Innovators: three PNG entrepreneurs showcase their innovative business ideas
    16.15 - 17.00
  • Networking drinks
    17.00 - 18.30
  • Conference Dinner 18:30 for 19:00 start. Gala Dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, with private gallery viewing
    18.30 - 00.00

Tuesday 20 August 2019

  • Coffee in Honiara: Solomon Islands briefing
    08.30 - 09.00
  • Welcome
    09.00 - 09.05
  • A Tale of Two Cities: the Port Moresby and Lae business chambers in conversation with BAI’s Andrew Wilkins • Rio Fiocco, President, Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry* • John Byrne, CEO, Lae Chamber of Commerce*
    09.00 - 09.30
  • PNG’s telecommunications infrastructure • Confirmed speakers include Paul Komboi, Managing Director, PNG Dataco
    09.30 - 10.00
  • Keynote: Mark Pesce- Papua New Guinea in the cloud Click link above to read in full. Mark is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator. After a memorable keynote speech at our 2017 conference, he returns by popular demand to outline some of the business and investment opportunities that will arise from PNG’s improved connectivity.
    10.00 - 10.45
  • Morning tea
    10.45 - 11.15
  • Transport and logistics Investment in road and bridge construction, and the upgrade of PNG’s airports, is set to double over the next decade, in no small part due to major new funding of up to US$2 billion from the Asian Development Bank. Speakers in this panel will provide details of exactly what is planned and where, and how the private sector can get involved. · Participants include: • David Hill, Country Director—PNG, Asian Development Bank • Alan Milne, Managing Director, Air Niugini
    11.15 - 12.00
  • PNG's energy future PNG’s energy sector is taking off, with the U$2 billion PNG Rural Electrification Project announced at the end of 2018. Funded by the United States, Australia, Japan and New Zealand, this project has the goal of providing 70% of PNG’s population with access to electricity by 2030. · Speakers include: • Geoffrey Tan, Managing Director Asia-Pacific, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (US)* • Carolyn Blacklock, Acting Managing Director, PNG Power
    12.00 - 12.45
  • Investment case study
    12.45 - 13.00
  • Networking lunch Lunch followed by 14.00 close.
    13.00 - 14.00
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