PNG Update – PNG: after the elections

Event Details

10-11 August 2017

The University of Papua New Guinea, Waigani Campus, Port Moresby

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, this year’s PNG Update will again be held in Port Moresby from 10-11 August 2017. Following the success of the 2016 Update, speakers will be invited to present in three parallel sessions at venues across the University.

A provisional program for the 2017 PNG Update is now available here

Information about poster presentations is available here.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Her Excellency Catherine Ebert-Gray, US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Professor Eric Kwa, Secretary, Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, Mr Roy Trivedy, UN Country Representative and Dr Fiona Hukula, Senior Researcher at National Research Institute of PNG.

Participation is free and open to the public.

The Update is multi-disciplinary in nature. Under the general theme of “PNG: after the elections” the following broader issues will be discussed:

  • Human development challenges and opportunities for reform
  • PNG’s economic outlook
  • Macro and fiscal management
  • Service delivery (in health, education, etc.)
  • Strategies for broad-based and inclusive development
  • Facilitating broad and cross-sectoral economic development and employment
  • Governance and the political economy of development
  • Infrastructure improvement and strategies for economic competitiveness

The University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business and Public Policy and The Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre would like to acknowledge the generous funding support from The University of Papua New Guinea, The Australian National University, the Australian Aid Program and the Asian Development Bank.

To make inquiries, please contact Dr Michael Cookson at ANU’s Development Policy Centre ( or Dr Albert Prabhakar at UPNG’s School of Business and Public Policy (

Husnia Hushang

Husnia Hushang was a Program Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She has a Masters of Public Policy and a Graduate Diploma of Public Administration from the ANU. She also worked for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Afghanistan.

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