Papua New Guinea

For PNG, Albanese’s visit was about more than just security
For PNG, Albanese’s visit was about more than just security
For James Marape, Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, strengthening trade appears to be his main focus. Marape has said previously that PNG is still an emerging economy and cannot…
New tax increase on PNG banks raises concerns
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New tax increase on PNG banks raises concerns
This article originally appeared in the Economist Intelligence Unit, 23 December 2022.
Chinese aid to the Pacific: decreasing, but not disappearing
Chinese aid to the Pacific: decreasing, but not disappearing
Chinese engagement in the Pacific regularly hit the headlines in 2022, sometimes with dire warnings. The recent China–Solomon Islands security agreement sent shock waves across…
PNG needs a census, not more population estimates
PNG needs a census, not more population estimates
Nobody really knows the size of Papua New Guinea’s population. In December last year, a furore erupted over a 17 million estimate from a supressed United Nations report leaked to…
PNG’s sovereign wealth fund struggles to get off the ground
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PNG’s sovereign wealth fund struggles to get off the ground
This article originally appeared in the Economist Intelligence Unit, 23 November 2022.
Seeking independence: three books to read this summer
Seeking independence: three books to read this summer
In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama revealed that her husband, former United States President Barack Obama, has about eight books on the go to read at any time. I’ve lived a…
MP slush funds used to maintain power in PNG
MP slush funds used to maintain power in PNG
After winning a new term as the Papua New Guinean Prime Minister in August, James Marape has busied himself rewarding members of parliament and strengthening his coalition. One…
Papua New Guinea can feed Japan’s energy appetite
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Papua New Guinea can feed Japan’s energy appetite
Originally published in the East Asia Forum.
Riots serve an unexpected lesson in the Pacific
Riots serve an unexpected lesson in the Pacific
“Do you think there will be riots today?” is a common question I get in my message box each time there are political controversies in Solomon Islands. A number of colleagues…
Papua New Guinea: lessons of the last decade in four charts
Papua New Guinea: lessons of the last decade in four charts
The focus on development assistance to Pacific Islands countries – spurred on by evident competition between China and Australia, New Zealand and increasingly the United States –…