PNG after the elections: the economy

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

The colourful banners and huge campaign rallies of the 2017 Papua New Guinea National Elections held in June and July may have put policy on the backburner for some as they were swept up in the excitement of the vote.

But one issue was never far from voters’ minds as they headed to the polls — the concerning state of the country’s economy, and the impact on their own lives.

The returned O’Neill government faces major economic challenges. So what are the problems, and what should the Prime Minister and his new Treasurer do about them?

Stephen Howes and Rohan Fox of the ANU Development Policy Centre and Nelson Nema of the University of Papua New Guinea will present their 2017 PNG Economic Survey, co-authored with their colleague, Marcel Schröder. The panel will be chaired by Michelle Rooney.

This is the first in a two-part series on PNG after the 2017 elections. A second event on political issues will be held on 18 October.

This event is presented as part of the Development Policy Centre’s PNG Project, which receives funding from the Australian Aid Program through the Pacific Governance and Leadership Precinct.