Budget fora

As part of our budget and expenditure research with PNG’s NRI, budget forums were held twice a year at the National Research Institute in Port Moresby. The first PNG budget forum was held on September 12, 2012 and focused on a 10-year budget trend analysis. The second forum analysed the 2013 PNG Budget and took place in early 2013. The third forum presented preliminary findings from our PEPE health and education expenditure tracking and facility surveys.

The fourth forum presented analysis of the 2014 PNG Budget and released further findings from the PEPE survey on PNG’s free education and health policies. Our latest budget forum was held on 30 October, 2014. We launched our joint report with NRI, A lost decade? Service delivery and reforms in Papua New Guinea 2002-2012, and considered its implications for the 2015 PNG budget. Presentations and videos from these budget forums are provided below

PNG budget forums were open to the general public and held at the NRI Conference Centre in Port Moresby. For further information, please contact Ron Sofe or Colin Wiltshire.

Service delivery and reform in Papua New Guinea, 2002-2012: A lost decade? - October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014 Forum background

» October 2014 Budget Forum flyer
» Full report PDF
» NRI Spotlight summary
» A3 flyer summary


  • A lost decade? Service delivery and reforms in Papua New Guinea 2002-2012
    Prof. Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU
    » view presentation

  • PEPE research implications and the 2015 budget
    Paul Flanagan, Visiting Fellow, Development Policy Centre, ANU
    » view presentation

Implementing the policies from the PNG Budget: Evidence from the PEPE Project - April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014 Forum background

» April 2014 Budget Forum flyer
» April 2014 Budget Forum program

Welcome Address
Dr Thomas Webster, NRI Director

Session 1: 2014 PNG National Budget

  • Accountability and transparency at provincial, district and local levels
    Dr Ken Ngangan, Acting Secretary, Department of Finance
    » view presentation

  • Analysis of 2014 PNG Budget & Relevance to PEPE Research
    Prof. Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU
    » view presentation

Session 2: Providing free Health and Education services

  • PEPE findings on Health financing and implications for the free Health policy
    Colin Wiltshire, ANU & Andrew A. Mako, NRI
    » view presentation

  • Nazarene hospital advice: partnership in planning for free/subsidised health plan
    Dr Scott Dooley, Hospital Administrator, Jiwaka Province
    » view presentation

  • School subsidy spending and the free education policy
    Anthony Swan, ANU
    » view presentation

PNG’s Lost Decade? Budget Forum - September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013 Forum background

» September 2013 Budget Forum flyer
» September 2013 Budget Forum program


Welcome and forum overview
Dr Charles Yala, Acting Director, NRI

Session 1: National analysis

  • PEPE survey: Key findings
    Professor Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU
    » view presentation [pdf]

  • Policy implications
    Dr Thomas Webster, Director, NRI
    » view presentation [pdf]

Session 2: Provincial analysis

  • PEPE survey: Health findings by province
    Mr Colin Wiltshire, ANU and Mr Andrew Mako, NRI
    » view presentation [pdf]

  • PEPE survey: Education findings by province
    Dr Anthony Swan, ANU and Dr Grant Walton, ANU
    » view presentation [pdf]

The Focus and Implementation of the 2013 PNG National Budget - February 7, 2013

February 7, 2013 Forum background
» February 2013 Budget Forum flyer (pdf, 130kB)
» February 2013 Budget Forum program (pdf, 170kB)
» view video


Welcome Remarks
Dr. Thomas Webster, NRI Director

Session 1: 2013 National Budget – Overview and Assessment

  • Overview, Rationale and Implementation
    Hon. Don Polye, MP, Minister for Treasury
    » view presentation (pdf, 2MB)
    » view video

  • Accountability and Transparency
    Hon. Mr. James Marape, MP, Minister for Finance
    » view presentation (pdf, 353kB)
    » view video

  • Analysis and Assessment
    Prof. Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU
    » view presentation (pdf, 1.1MB)

Session 2: National Budget – Commentary and Reporting back from the field

  • Commentary on Budget Presentation and Analysis
    Mr. Tim Bulman, Country Economist for PNG and Solomon Islands, World Bank, and Mr. John Leahy, President, PNG Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    » view presentation (pdf, 1.4MB)

  • Promoting Effective Public Expenditure Survey: Reporting back from the field
    Mr .Colin Wiltshire, ANU and Mr. Andrew A. Mako, NRI
    » view presentation (pdf, 2.8MB)

2012 Budget Forum, 12 September 2012

2012 Forum background
» 2012 Budget Forum flyer (pdf, 130kB)
» 2012 Budget Forum program (pdf, 137kB)


Launch of joint NRI/ANU Research Project
Thomas Webster and Stephen Howes

Past Budget trends: Lessons for the future
Stephen Howes and Andrew Mako, Devpolicy, ANU
» view presentation (pdf, 786kB)

Panel Session 1: Discussion of Budget Trends
Stuart Schaefer, Head of Aid, AusAID PNG
» view presentation (pdf, 293kB)

Sovereign Wealth Fund
Anthony Yauieb, Deputy Secretary, Economic and Financial Policy, Department of Treasury, PNG
» view presentation (pdf, 319kB)
» view speech (pdf, 96.4kB)

Panel Session 2: Discussion on Sovereign Wealth Fund
Matt Morris, Devpolicy, ANU and Richard Conn, President, Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce - National Government development priorities for the next five years
Minister Hon. Charles Abel MP , Member for Alotau and Minister for National Planning, PNG
» view presentation (pdf, 3.8MB)

Panel Session 3: Discussion of Government development priorities
Paul Barker, Executive Director, INA

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