PNG Update

PNG Update – PNG: after the elections

The annual PNG Update is the premier forum for the discussion of research and analysis relating to contemporary economic and public policy issues in PNG. Organised by the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business and Public Policy and the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre, the 2017 PNG Update was in held in Port Moresby on August 10-11 2017, at the Main Lecture Theatre at the University of Papua New Guinea.

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The University of Papua New Guinea and The Australian National University would like to acknowledge the generous funding support for this Update from the Australian Aid Program and the Asian Development Bank.

[Video is available for some plenary (and MLT) sessions, as indicated below. NB this is unedited video feed livestreamed by UPNG ICT to the UPNG facebook site on 10-11 August 2017. Start time(s) for presentations are indicated in hours:minutes:seconds.]

Presentations - Day 1 (10 August 2017)

Plenary Session 1: Opening and keynote

Welcome [video 02:20]
Mr Vincent Malaibe, Acting Vice Chancellor, The University of Papua New Guinea

Inaugural Address [video 10:00]
Her Excellency Ms Catherine Ebert-Gray, US Ambassador to PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu*
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Keynote: Strengthening governance systems and processes [video 00:00]
Dr Eric Kwa, Secretary, Constitutional and Law Reform Commission
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»download slides [PDF]

Plenary Session 2: Economic developments

PNG economic outlook [video 01:16:00]
Mr Dairi Vele, Secretary of the Treasury
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PNG economic survey 2016-17 [video 01:51:00]
Marcel Schröder, Nelson Nema, Rohan Fox and Stephen Howes
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Parallel Session 1a – Elections, parliament and participation

Coalition for the 10th Parliament: will political parties form coalitions based on party policies? [video 03:44:00]
Michael Kabuni
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Look back to look forward: strengthening parliament [no video feed]
James MacPherson

The political economy of Papua New Guinea’s electoral quality [video 00:00]
Terence Wood
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Preparing for the Bougainville Referendum in 2019: key areas for consideration in the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement [video 05:45]
Thomas Webster

Following the PNG elections in Oro Province [cancelled]
Theresa Meki
[General Q&A, video 19:00]

Parallel Session 1b – Macroeconomic challenges

Financial development and economic growth nexus: the case of Pacific Melanesian countries
Solomon Awili
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The PNG economy on facts & figures – a look into tax revenue
Nelson Nema
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Balance of payments of Papua New Guinea: a trend analysis
D. Harinarayana, A. Prabhakar
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Analysis of recent shocks and macroeconomic policies
Martin Davies and Marcel Schröder »download slides [PDF]

Parallel Session 1c – Health service delivery

Health service delivery on Karkar island, Madang province, Papua New Guinea
Elly Kale
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A study explaining the health status of settlement and non-settlement residents of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Sarah Kaut-Nasengom

Fruits of mining turning sour on Misima: where is resilience?
Dora Kuir-Ayius
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Health phone services in Papua New Guinea: preliminary findings [cancelled]
Amanda Watson and Ralph Kaule

Parallel Session 1d – Housing and shelter

Dynamics of housing price in Port Moresby: issues and policy options
Eugene Ezebilo
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Housing and shelter sector: a need for review
Wilson Thompson Orlegge
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Housing allowance for public servants in Papua New Guinea: does it meet housing affordability criteria?
Thomas Wangi and Eugene Ezebilo
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Parallel Session 2a – Education policy: implementation and outcomes

Quality of education in Papua New Guinea: the evidence and the issues [cancelled]
Kilala Devette-Chee

Policy and implementation as seen through a reform curriculum case study [video 01:23:30]
Anna Joskin
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Accessibility to higher education for more Papuan New Guinea women [video 01:39:00]
Martha Kull
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Moving forward; policy recommendation and implementation strategy in education sector after elections [video 02:00:00]
Jamie Sali, Martha Waim, Daphney Kollin

Parallel Session 2b – Decentralisation in practice

What makes a successful decentralisation policy? Assessing DDA in PNG
Chris Banga
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Implementation of District Services Improvement Program (DSIP)
Moses Miapa
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Human Resource Development impediments in the Local Level Governments: the cause of poor service delivery in PNG
Peter Kanaparo
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Management of non-national roads in PNG
Matthew Dornan, Ron Sofe, Chris Banga and Carmen Voigt-Graf
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Parallel Session 2c – Private sector development

Sources of information for agricultural development in Papua New Guinea
R.M. (Mike) Bourke
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New extension approach for rural economic empowerment
Mawe Gonapa
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Adaptation of Papua New Guinea’s agriculture sector to climate change: are we ready?
Maureen Thomas and Eugene Ezebilo
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New Zealand travellers’ perceptions of safety and security issues in PNG
Allan Sumb
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Sport as a robust form of ecotourism development: examples from water - based sport tourism activities
Tairu Zainab
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Parallel Session 2d – Community development

What processes retard human development at community or village in PNG? [cancelled]
Imelda Ambelye

Human development opportunities for Manam islanders
Philip Gibbs
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Community development lessons for localising Sustainable Development Goals
Kia-Henry Nema
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Binz Ice Ambra Association – a model to empower village women at the grass roots level in Papua New Guinea
Raymond John
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Presentations - Day 2 (11 August 2017)

Plenary Session 3: Development challenges

Keynote: Priorities for the new Government [video]
Mr Roy Trivedy, UN Country Representative for Papua New Guinea
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Keynote: Reimagining the future by reflecting on the past [video]
Dr Fiona Hukula, Senior Researcher, PNG National Research Institute
»read speaking notes [PDF]

Keynote: Challenges of the ‘youth bulge’ in PNG [video]
Lachlan McPhee (Oaktree Foundation), Barbara Thomas (The Voice Inc.)
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»download report [PDF]
»download executive summary [PDF]

Plenary Session 4: ANU-UPNG partnership research

Health expenditure and performance in Papua New Guinea [cancelled]
Amanda Watson, Colin Wiltshire, Denise Lokinap, Tatia Currie

District Development Authorities in PNG: 2017 and beyond [video]
Lawrence Sause, Lhawang Ugyel, Emmanuel Gorea and Albert Ayius
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The challenges of free education in Papua New Guinea [video]
Grant Walton, Tara Davda and Peter Kanaparo
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Parallel Session 3a – Family and sexual violence

Urban services in addressing family and sexual violence (FSV) in Lae [video]
Mary Aisi
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Understanding and responding to sorcery accusation-related violence [video]
Miranda Forsyth and Fiona Hukula
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Transferring the Aboriginal Australian family wellbeing empowerment program from a Papua New Guinea university context to broader community settings: a feasibility study [video]
Russel Kitau, Mary Whiteside, Irina Kinchin, Goru Hane-Nou and Komla Tsey
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Engendering security and Social safety in a Settlement in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea [video]
Michelle Rooney
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Parallel Session 3b – Transparency, corruption, governance

Recent history of corruption in Papua New Guinea: analysis of the outstanding cases of corruption by Transparency International PNG [including the launch of the TIPNG report ‘Lest we forget’]
Yuambari Haihuie
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Promises, promises: a decade of allocations for and spending on anti-corruption in Papua New Guinea [including the launch of Devpolicy Discussion Paper #60]
Grant Walton and Husnia Hushang
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Strengthening State and Society responses to corruption in Papua New Guinea
Caryn Peiffer and Grant Walton
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The Rise and Rise of Private Security
Sinclair Dinnen
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Parallel Session 3c – SMEs

Are there gender differences in perceived obstacles to operation and expansion of SMEs in Papua New Guinea: evidence from a survey
Francis Odhuno, Vinod Mishra and Russell Smyth
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Major challenges facing small and medium scale entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea and solutions for mitigating challenges and developing young entrepreneurs era in PNG
Lekshmi Narayana Pillai, N. Suresh Babu and David Mo
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Papua New Guinea financial institutions and small and medium enterprise training
Kiyotsugu Yoshihara
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Parallel Session 3d – Social health initiatives

The proactive effect of positive youth development (the 5C’s) that assist youths/adolescents in developing resilience towards illegal drugs
Norris Wangina
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Relationship between health and education outcome in four provinces in Papua New Guinea
Lulu Abraham
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Broad and inclusive partnerships: how to harness the untapped potential of sports federations to effect social change and health in PNG
Lua Rikis, Stephanie Franet and Leentje Be’Soer
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Parallel Session 4a – Leadership and the future

The importance of policy alignment and execution: a study on the national public service ethics and values-based executive leadership & management capability framework [video]
Albert Ayius
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Youth leadership and spaces for participation [video]
Serena Sumanop
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The value of building equitable peer partnerships: experiences from Oaktree and The Voice Inc. [video]
Lachlan McPhee, Barbra Thomas
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Non-citizen technical advisers in Papua New Guinea [cancelled]
Joachim Luma, Carmen Voigt-Graf
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Parallel Session 4b – Embedded practice, innovation and change

PNG’s culture and implications for public policy
Leo Marai and Lhawang Ugyel
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Understanding dynamics of the informal economy: provision of services for open markets in Port Moresby
Lewis Iwong, Elizabeth Kopel
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Adoption of e-government services in Papua New Guinea
Martin Daniel
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Informal economy voice strategy 2018-2022
Busa Jeremiah Wenogo
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Parallel Session 4c – Skills, labour, migration and trade

Promoting skills formation through public investment projects [unable to attend]
Richard Curtain
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The migration-development nexus and Papua New Guinea
Craig Bui Mana
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The state of trade in PNG: A cross-sectional analysis
Rohan Fox
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Demographic changes and PNG’s labour market developments: challenges and prospects
Manoj Pandey
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Parallel Session 4d – Teaching and learning

Situational analysis of universal basic education main indicators of Gulf, Hela, and Southern Highlands Provinces
Kilala Devette-Chee and Peter Michael
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The impacts of cheating in national examination on grade 12 students’ approach to learning [cancelled]
Peter Paul Kaiyeke

E-Learning for UPNG: an identification of current faculty challenges in delivering e-Learning courses to ODL learners
Kipli Joan Minol, Judith Nukuitu
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Perspectives of quality education in Papua New Guinea
Patricia Paraide
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Closing Session: concluding remarks

Prof. Lekshmi Pillai, Dean SBPP UPNG
Prof. Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU

After dinner speaker - Prof. Michael Wesley, Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
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PNG Update: sustaining development (in PNG) beyond the resources boom


The annual PNG Update is the premier forum for the discussion of research and analysis relating to contemporary economic and public policy issues in PNG. Organised by the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business and Public Policy and the ANU Development Policy Centre, the 2016 PNG Update was held in Port Moresby on November 3-4 2016, at the Main Lecture Theatre at the University of Papua New Guinea.

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The University of Papua New Guinea and The Australian National University would like to acknowledge the generous funding support for this Update from the Australian Aid Program and the Asian Development Bank.

Presentations - Day 1 (3 November 2016)

Plenary session 1

Welcome
Prof. Albert Mellam, Vice Chancellor, University of Papua New Guinea

Inaugural address
His Excellency Bruce Davis, Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea
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Opening address
The Hon Charles Abel, Minister for National Planning

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Plenary session 2

Keynote address 1 – Women in leadership
Prof. Betty Lovai, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science, UPNG
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Keynote address 2 - Superannuation fund in PNG: past, present and future
Mr Garry Tunstall, CEO Numbawan Super Fund
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Keynote address 3 – Public sector financial management reforms in PNG
Dr Ken Ngangan, Secretary of the Department of Finance

Parallel Session 1a – Macroeconomic issues

PNG’s macroeconomic outlook
Yurendra Basnett, ADB Country Economist
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Financial markets and macroeconomic drivers of the PNG economy
Nathan Wingti, Kina Bank
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After Papua New Guinea’s resource boom: Is the Kina overvalued?
Rohan Fox and Marcel Schröder, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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PNG’s resource boom: a fiscal retrospective
Stephen Howes and Rohan Fox, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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Parallel Session 1b – Education

Attitudes towards the use of Tok Pisin and vernacular languages in bilingual education programs in Papua New Guinea
Kilala Devette-Chee, NRI
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Improving quality education in a world obsessed with student numbers: evidence from Papua New Guinea
Anthony Swan and Grant Walton, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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Distance education and human resource development in Papua New Guinea
D. Harinarayana, A. Prabhakar, S. Venumadhav, UPNG
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Economics of development: a case study of education of the Pilitu people of Goilala
Paul Kaita, Bank of PNG

Parallel Session 1c – Sustainability and development

StaRs – Papua New Guinea’s National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable development
Misty Baloiloi, Environmental Science and Geography, UPNG
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Unfolding PNG sustainable development through 164 ILGs in forestry area, April Salumei in East Sepik Province – case study
Chalapan Kaluwin, Environmental Science and Geography, UPNG

The history of sustainable development in Papua New Guinea: changes, challenges and lessons learned from 1975 to 2016 and beyond
David Mowbray, Environmental Science and Geography, UPNG
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The role of conflict management skills in sustainable development in PNG
Pochon Lili, Stephen Oli, Olive Vakaloloma Baloiloi and Richard McKellar, Environmental Science and Geography, UPNG
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Relating the concepts of sustainable development to the extraction of non-renewable resources for development purposes in Papua New Guinea
Mr Walhos Palisa, Environmental Science and Geography, UPNG

Parallel Session 2a – Urban spaces

Urban life, internal migration and development: The need to readdress internal migration as a positive nexus for growth and development in PNG
Hennah Steven, Pacific Adventist University (PAU)
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Forms of family housing strategies in the city: considerations for public policy
Michelle Rooney, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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Child labour, a hallmark of urban poverty: labouring children living in Goroka
Johnson Ahupa, University of Goroka
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“Voice Mechanism” concepts for the informal economy participants
Busa Wenogo, CIMCPNG

Parallel Session 2b – Public-private partnership in health

A model for improving health service delivery in Papua New Guinea: the experience from the CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program
Emma Field, Runk, Louis Samiak, Dominica Abo, Mafu Vila, Sally Nathan, Alex Rosewell and Georgina Dove, Abt Associates
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District hospital strengthening through a public-private partnership in North Fly District, Western Province
Graeme Hill, Veitania Lepani and Georgina Dove, Abt
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Hela Provincial Hospital: an innovative model of a public private partnership
Ingrid Glastonbury, Oilsearch Foundation
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Parallel Session 2c – Development strategies

PNG’s MDG experience: lessons learnt for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Kia-Henry Nema, United Nations (PNG)
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Paradox of ‘Resource Boom’ in PNG: strategies for development based on the experiences of other countries
Subba Rao, Albert Mellam, P. Manohar, Ani Rova, UPNG
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Political economy drivers of decentralisation in PNG: comparative case studies from three DDAs
Colin Wiltshire, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project, ANU
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Presentations - Day 2 (4 November 2016)

Plenary Session 3: ANU-UPNG Research Showcase

PNG Economic Survey 2015-16
Manoj Pandey, Nelson Nema, Rohan Fox, Stephen Howes, ANU-UPNG partnership team
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Unintended consequences of PNG’s tuition-free education policy
Grant Walton, Peter Kanaparo, Tara Davda, ANU-UPNG partnership team
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Plenary Session 4: Impact of 2015-16 drought and frosts

Impacts of the 2015-16 drought and frosts: an overview
Mike Bourke, ANU
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The impact of the 2015-16 El Niño on high altitude places in Hela and Enga provinces
James Komengi, Uniting Church and Brendan Jinks, ANU
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Changing Gender Norms in Emergencies: A Livelihoods Case Study
Blossum Gilmore, CARE PNG
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The International System in Papua New Guinea’s El Niño Response
Gerard Ng, UNDP PNG
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Lessons from the 2015-16 drought to improve future disaster management
Matthew Kanua, Independent Consultant
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Parallel Session 3a – Gender

Significance of addressing violence against girls in schools and its impacts on the implementation of Universal Basic Education Policy in PNG
Pes Wilson, Divine Word University (DWU)
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Are gender based violence victims afraid or ashamed to get assistance?
Lalen Simeon, Hennah Steven, Pacific Adventist University (PAU)

PNG formal education system disempowers young women and promotes inequality in villages
Imelda Ambelye, Unitech/JCU
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Parallel Session 3b – Private sector development (1)

Oil Search strategy to support the PNG Government’s domestic power sector objectives
Phil Caldwell, Oil Search Power Holdings
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The Limitations of the PNG-EU interim Economic Partnership
Michael Kabuni, SBPP, UPNG
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Peering and content delivery to reduce internet transport cost drivers for PNG
Reeves Papaol, Pacific Adventist University (PAU)

Parallel Session 3c – Roads and infrastructure

Provincial road management in Papua New Guinea
Matthew Dornan, ANU; Ronald Sofe, Chris Banga and Carmen Voigt-Graf, NRI
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Impact of road upgrading and maintenance on household welfare in PNG
MP Pradhan, Free University (Amsterdam) and University of Amsterdam
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Poor project performance impedes development in PNG: a comparative analysis of 3 case studies
Albert Tobe, DWU

Parallel Session 4a – Local impact

Sustaining community through the FIFO transition at Ok Tedi mine: development, maintenance, and staged closure in the North Fly
Phillipa Jenkins, ANU
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Poverty, wealth and mining: development on the Watut River
Charles Roche, Murdoch University

Oil palm and the politics of rural development in East Sepik Province
Elai Soutai, student, UPNG

Understanding the lives of the local people along the Kokoda trail: preliminary observations of livelihood and development activity
Vanessa Uiari, DWU/ECU
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Parallel Session 4b –Health and education

Women and health in Papua New Guinea: determinants influencing demand and delivery of health care services
Ellen Kulumbu, ANU
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Examining the role of holistic education as a tool for human resource development for Papua New Guinea
Anna Joskin, SBPP, UPNG

Social Protection Index 2012 - PNG
Thomas Wangi, NRI
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Parallel Session 4c – Private sector development (2)
The impact of the LNG project on employment and skills development
Carmen Voigt-Graf, ANU-NRI
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Valuing biodiversity – a strategy for social equity in Papua New Guinea
Clement Malau, DWU
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Gambling tourism in PNG - a grace or a curse? Implications of the proposed casino hotel as perceived by the community
Joyce Jazmin Rayel, P. Manohar, Imelda Atu, Ronald Raka, SBPP-UPNG
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Industrial policy: lessons of industrial centre development in Papua New Guinea (late addition)
Mark.G Baiai, Lekshmi N. Pillai, N. Suresh Babu and Ronald Raka, SBPP-UPNG
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PNG Update: development challenges in the LNG era

Organised by the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business Administration and the ANU Development Policy Centre, the 2015 PNG Update was held in Port Moresby on June 18-19 2015, at the Main Lecture Theatre at the University of Papua New Guinea.

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In brief

The 2015 PNG Update, by Jonathan Pryke on June 26, 2015.

The PNG Update is generously supported by the University of Papua New Guinea, the Australian National University, the Australian Aid Program and the Asian Development Bank.

Presentations - Day 1

Welcome
Professor Albert Mellam, Vice Chancellor, University of Papua New Guinea
Professor Veronica Taylor, Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
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Inaugural Address
Her Excellency Deborah Stokes, Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea
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Opening address
The Hon James Marape, Finance Minister, Government of Papua New Guinea
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Keynote address 1
Lessons from reform in Africa and Asia
Jim Adams, Former Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank
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» read blog: Capacity building: how to do better
» read blog: Capacity building: important but unsuccessful
» read blog: Policy choices matter, even for the resource-rich
» read blog: Private sector reservations and policies
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Keynote address 2
Dr Gae Kauzi, Assistant Governor, Bank of Papua New Guinea
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Keynote address 3
Survey of recent developments
Michael Cornish, Rohan Fox, Win Nicholas, Albert Prabhakar and Ani Rova, Economics Division, UPNG and Stephen Howes, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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Parallel Session 1 – Migration: domestic and international
Internal migration in PNG
Anthony Swan & Futua Singirok
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Booming international arrivals in PNG’s booming economy
Carmen Voigt-Graf, NRI & ANU
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Impacts of migration on the livelihoods of urban settlers: a case of Port Moresby
Londari Yamarak, The Papua New Guinea University of Technology
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Parallel Session 1 – Gender
The government of PNG for prevention of gender violence and promotion of gender equality through policy development and implementation
Glenn Davies and Tau Geno–Hoire, The Economic & Public Sector Program (PNGEPSP)
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Social and gender issues in growing economy
Luwi James, Yunami Land Consultants

Parallel Session 1 – Politics and Decentralization
The challenge of doing development differently in PNG: Towards a politically informed approach to decentralisation reform
David Ayres and Ravu Varanagi, Provincial & Local-level Governments Program (PLGP)
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The role of strategic governance and decentralised government in the LNG era
Denise Lokinap, UPNG and Julie Airi, The Papua New Guinea National Aids Council Secretariat

Peace in Bougainville, the past, the present, the prospects
Lawrence Sause, UPNG and Satish Chand, UNSW

Patterns of politics in PNG
Terence Wood, ANU
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Parallel Session 2 – Macroeconomic issues
Aid to Papua New Guinea
Matthew Dornan, ANU
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Pathways away from crisis
Paul Flanagan, ANU
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Natural resource extraction and Dutch Disease: application to PNG
Maria Kanari, Jan Gottschalk and Nikhil Vellodi. Bank of Papua New Guinea
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The establishment of the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Papua New Guinea: a case study analysis on the threats and opportunities to the governance and institutional framework
Sent Moke, UPNG
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Parallel Session 2 – Mining and development
Mining in PNG: lessons from the Watut River
Charles Roche and Gavin Mudd, Murdoch University
A need for local content & local participation policy in the oil & gas industry in Papua New Guinea
Bill Rua and Catherine M. Rua, InfoDev Consultancy Services

Contrasting development approach, context and outcomes in LNG and non-LNG districts
Priscilla Pius, CARE International in PNG
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The multiplier effects of mining development in PNG and its leakages within the economy
Sydor Utaeo, Morobe Mining Joint Ventures

Parallel Session 2 – Agricultural development
Agriculture in PNG: a case of cocoa production in the midst of a mineral resource boom
James Aipa, Ereman Valvalu, Ray Roberts, Michael Ambrose, Mangupe Sombo and Kusie Aipa, PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment

Agriculture research and development challenges for facilitating broad economic development in the LNG era
Ramakrishna Akinappally, National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI)

Smallholder agriculture to facilitate broad economic development
Alan R. Quartermain, The University of Goroka
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Presentations - Day 2


Keynote address 1
Mr Michael Uiari, General Manager, Oil Search Limited
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Keynote address 2
From wealth to wellbeing: translating resource revenue into sustainable human development
Dr Glenn Banks, Associate Professor, Massey University and lead author UNDP Papua New Guinea National Human Development Report 2014
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Parallel Session 3 – Education and human development
Needs theory and employee performance: a case study of employed PNG university graduates
Paul Kaita and Don David, Bank of Papua New Guinea
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Teaching sustainable development at the University of Papua New Guinea
Chalapan Kaluwin and David Mowbray, UPNG
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Enhancing sector governance of tertiary education in PNG
Lisa Larry & David Kavanamur, Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology; Jeanette Baird, University of Melbourne; Kaye Eldridge, University of Queensland

Parallel Session 3 – Private sector development
Visual marketing through photographic images of Papua New Guinea: measuring its effectiveness in enticing potential international visitors
Alphonse Angi Hayabe, Joyce Rayel and Evelyn Kua, UPNG
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The Highlands Highway: linchpin to PNG’s development
Christopher Edmonds & Yurenda Basnett, Asian Development Bank
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The Pacific Marine Industrial Zone and villages
Patrick Matbob and Patrick Gesch, Divine Word University
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Understanding cooperative societies in PNG: A case study of MUSANAT cooperative in Madang district
Allan Wahwah, MUSANAT Cooperative Society

Parallel Session 3 – Agriculture and forests
REDD++ governance in Papua New Guinea
Sophie Pascoe, Australian Volunteer for International Development
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Balancing economic growth and natural resource management
Sarah N. Stocks, Brian Bean, and Peter Stephen, USAID, Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests Program (LEAF)
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Would the controversial transgenic crops be beneficial to the economy of PNG? Review of current trends and future implications
Suri T. Taisa and Michael Kukne, PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment
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Parallel Session 4 – Public-private partnerships
The United Church as a service deliverer: can it do more? Profiling the United Church in a PNG islands community
Patrick Kaiku, UPNG

Public-private partnerships in education
Thomas Pillar, Asia Pacific Institute

GoPNG – International NGO partnerships: a case study of CARE International in PNG
Joy Marie Waffi, Bennie Atigini, Helmtrude Sikas, Betty Hinamunimo, CARE International in PNG
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Parallel Session 4 – Land
Customary landowner identification counter studies and registration dilemma’s at pre-development stage within LNG impacted area’s by affected provincial government
Alexander Karahure, Western Provincial Administration, PNG Government
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Special agricultural business leases: where are we at?
Lawrence Sause, UPNG
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Melanesian land tenure and management system and its impact on agriculture productivity in PNG
Wilson Thompson, Farmers and Settlers Association Inc and Mawe Bacchi Gonapa, Department of Agriculture and Livestock
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Parallel Session 4 – Urban development
Urban public transport challenge in the LNG era: a case study of the Port Moresby urban public transport
Jack Assa, Clean Green Energy Ltd
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Opportunist sector in urban Goroka: a real development challenge
Johnson Ahupa, University of Goroka
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Long-term socioeconomic evaluation of the Mt. Hagen market redevelopment
Ben Mullen, University of Queensland; Hui-Shung Chang, University of New England; J. Anjen, PNG Coffee Industry Corporation; Lilly Be’Soer, Voice for Change, Jiwaka, PNG
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Parallel Session 5 – Corruption and governance
Governance and political economy of development: a case of PNG media supporting good governance
Nash Sorariba

Engaging PNG’s citizens in the fight against corruption: the impacts of education and institutional trust
Grant Walton, ANU & Caryn Peiffer, University of Birmingham
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Phones against corruption: preliminary findings of user experience research
Amanda Watson, The Economic & Public Sector Program (PNGEPSP); Tess Wingi and Marina Cvetanovska, Department of Finance; Tito Balboa and Sam Erepan, Provincial Capacity Building and Enhancement Programme (PCaB); Cameron Jackson, Mobimedia
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Parallel Session 5 – Development Issues
Analysis of asset ownership using 2009-2010 HIES dataset
Francis Odhuno, NRI
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Social infrastructure and economic development: regional disparities
Albert Prabhakar, Ani Ila Rova and George Unige, UPNG
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Balance of payments of Papua New Guinea: orange signals
Pulapa Subba Rao, Albert C. Mellam, John Raymond, B. Gabonen-Mellam, Joyce Rayel, and Peter Tulapi, UPNG
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Parallel Session 5 – IT and development
New communication technology, rural development, social networks and hybridity in PNG
Dora Kialo, The Papua New Guinea University of Technology
Role of ICT in human development challenges
Venu Madhav, William H Tapio and Pulapa Subba Rao, UPNG
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Status quo and emerging challenges in ICTs for PNG
Joseph Kim Suwamaru, Divine Word University
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PNG Update, 12 - 13 June 2014

Hosted by the University of Papua New Guinea School of Business and the Development Policy Centre, ANU, the 2014 PNG Update was held in Port Moresby on 12-13 June at the University of Papua New Guinea.

The Update discussed and debated the latest economic and social developments in PNG. This event was multidisciplinary in nature. The conference presented papers from academics and practitioners on the following topics:

  • PNG’s economic outlook
  • Strategies to convert the resource boom into development
  • Social issues in a booming economy
  • Facilitating broad economic development – agriculture, fisheries, tourism etc
  • SMEs and economic competitiveness

The Update was supported by the Asian Development Bank’s Pacific Economic Management Technical Assistance and Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies Society.

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Presentations - Day 1

PNG Update Inaugural Address
Mrs Margaret Adamson, Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission to Papua New Guinea
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PNG Update Keynote Address
The Hon Mr. Patrick Pruatich, Treasurer of the Government of Papua New Guinea
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PNG Economic Perspectives:Part 1
Mr Benny Popoitai, Acting Governor, Bank of Papua New Guinea
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John Gibson, Waikato University
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Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre
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PNG Economic Perspectives:Part 2
Ivan Pomalu, Managing Director, Investment Promotion Authority, PNG
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Aaron Batten, Country Economist, PNG Resident Mission, ADB
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Yongzheng Yang, Resident Representative for Pacific Islands Countries, IMF
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From Resource boom to development: role of public sector
Changes in service delivery over the last decade
Andrew Anton Mako, NRI & Anthony Swan, Devpolicy, ANU
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Trends and changes of gross domestic product and budget expenditure of PNG: has economic development also has been taking place?
Gomi J.Gibe, Applied Economics, Department of Business Studies, PNG UNITECH
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Public sector pay scales: are PNG academics underpaid?
Thomas Wangi, UNPNG & Stephen Howes, ANU
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Capacity building through development cooperation strategy: an analysis of electoral partnership between the PNG Electoral Commission and the Electoral Support Program Phase 2 (2006-2010)
John Watmelik, Senior Research Officer, UNPNG
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Presentations - Day 2

Overcoming dutch disease: agriculture & tourism
A systematic bottom-up model is needed to revive the cocoa industry
Robert Atsir, RAFM Consultants
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Tourism in Papua New Guinea: its economic contribution for sustainable development
Joyce Rayel, Evelyn Kua, Lekshmi N.Pillai, Ponnusamy Mahonar, UNPNG
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Facilitating broad economic development - tourism
Angi Alphonse Hayabe, UNPNG
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Social Development
Income and livehood challenges in Port Moresby settlement
Michelle Rooney, Devpolicy, ANU
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Facilitating economic development through the use of mobile phones
Amanda H A Watson, PNG Economic and Public Sector Program
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Strategies for tertiary eduucation in PNG
David Kavanamur, Lonnie Baki and Jeanette Baird, Office of Higher Education, PNG
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Role of tertiary education for economic growth and sustainable development in Papua New Guinea
Ponnusamy Manohar, Lekshmi N. Pillai and Joyce Rayel, UNPNG
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SMEs and International competitiveness
Facilitating youth entrepreneurial spirit through entrepreneurship programs in Papua New Guinea
Peter Kanaparo and Joyce Rayel, UNPNG; Benedict Imbum, University of Western Sydney and Jerry Jacka, North Carolina University
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Beyond the build, rebuild paradigm:infraestructure maintenance reforms in the Pacific
Matthew Dornan, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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2013 Pacific and PNG Update - Day 2

The 2013 Pacific Update consisted of two days of panel discussions: day one on the Pacific; and day two on Papua New Guinea.

Day two of the 2013 Pacific and PNG Update commenced with a keynote address from Albert Mellam, Vice-Chancellor, University of Papua New Guinea, followed by the PNG economic and political update, issues in public service delivery, economic policy challenges and finalizing the activities with the gender-based violence panel discussion.

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