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The expertly curated program will focus on those sectors with the most growth potential in Papua New Guinea.

Provisional 2021 program.

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Day 1

Welcome and opening remarks
Message from PNG High Commissioner
  • His Excellency John Ma’o Kali, PNG’s High Commission to Australia
Opening address
  • The Hon. James Marape MP, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea*

Keynote address
  • Saul Eslake, Economist, on global trends in trade an investment and how they will affect  Papua New Guinea. Includes Q&A with online audience.
Economic update
Papua New Guinea’s foreign investment regime/FDI update
  • Clarence Hoot, Managing Director, PNG Investment Promotion Authority*
Mining update
  • Craig Jones, Chief Operating Officer PNG, Newcrest Mining
Interactive Panel: Understanding PNG’s investment climate
  • Wayne Osterberg, Director, Advisory Services, KPMG
  • Ian Tarutia, CEO, Nasfund
  • Robin Fleming, CEO, BSP Financial Group
Running a business in PNG: the voice of experience
  • Stan Joyce, Chairman, SP Brewery
  • Syd Yates, Managing Director, Kina Asset Management Ltd
Agribusiness opportunities in PNG’s Markham Valley
  • Christian Reichel, Operations Officer, IFC

Wednesday 8 September 2021

Day 2

Welcome and opening remarks
Keynote address
  • Alfonso Garcia Mora, Vice President — Asia and Pacific, IFC
Telecommunications: what’s next?
  • Ronald Prasad, Chief Commercial Director, Vodafone Fiji, on the company’s rollout plans in Papua New Guinea
  • Paul Komboi, CEO, PNG Dataco — update on PNG’s national telecommunications infrastructure
Connect PNG: PNG’s national infrastructure project
  • David Wereh, Secretary, Department of Works and Implementation*


A new strategy for Papua New Guinea’s ports
  • Fego Ota Kiniafa, Managing Director, PNG Ports
Turning Lae into a regional shipping hub
  • Robert Maxwell, CEO, ICTSI South Pacific


Developing infrastructure in PNG’s provinces
  • John Byrne, President, Lae Chamber of Commerce (Morobe), on infrastructure development in Lae
  • Peter KenGemar, Project Director, Ihu Special Economic Zone


Trends in PNG’s real estate sector
  • Mathew Care, Managing Director, Digital Classifieds Group/Haus Ples
Interactive Panel: Investing in infrastructure in PNG
  • David Hill, PNG Country Director, Asian Development Bank
  • Robert Jauncy, Chief Investment Officer, Australian Infrastructure Finance Facility for the Pacific
  • David Hatch, Juliette Bayking (Senior PPP/Project Finance Advisor) and Brian Tarmey (Lead Finance Specialist and Transaction Advisor), USAID — PNG Electrification Parnership)

Thursday 9 September 2021

Day 3

Welcome and opening remarks
Oil and gas: the major projects
  • Wapu Sonk, Managing Director, Kumul Petroleum*
  • Peter Larden, Managing Director, ExxonMobil PNG*
Keynote address
  • Wayne Gerard, (Chief Entrepreneur for Queensland) and Barbara-Anne Bensted (KPMG Australia’s Partner Digital Delta), on how large corporates and SMEs can work successfully together.
Electricity: new regulator, new opportunities
  • Managing Director, PNG Power
  • National Energy Authority Representative*
Case study
  • Michael Uiari, CEO, Niupower, on being an independent power producer for PNG


Towards 2050: the rising importance of renewable energy
  • Solar Industry Association Representative
  • Sean Whitaker, Principal Renewable Energy Specialist, IFC


Interview: Innovation and leadership in the time of COVID-19
  • Greg Pawson, CEO, Kina Bank
Expanding Papua New Guinea’s capital markets
  • David Lawrence, Chairman, PNGX
Interactive Panel: the development of PNG’s SME’s sector
  • Mahesh Patel, Director, CPL Group
  • Sylvia Pascoe, Pascoe Promotions
  • Vani Nades, Managing Director, Emstret Holdings


Closing remarks

* Invited