Draft agenda for the Lowy Institute's Papua New Guinea New Voices Conference.
PNG New Voices
Monday, 22 October 2012
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Welcome (and outline of conference proceedings by Lowy Institute)
9.15am - 9.30am
Allan Bird, agribusiness expert, will ‘set the scene’ and talk on the importance of leadership and vision
9.30am - 10.50am
Chairpersons will briefly set the scene, introduce speakers and manage Q&A
Session 1: Transforming the national economy
Speakers will cover topics including the rise of Asia and the impact on PNG’s economy, access to financial services and mobile banking, PNG’s telecommunications revolution and community development.
Anthony Yauieb, Deputy Secretary Policy, Department of Treasury, Government of Papua New Guinea
Ruby Patu, Bank of South Pacific Rural Regional Sales Manager - New Guinea islands
Jennifer Baing, Co-Director, Save PNG
Chair: Gae Kauzi, Assistant Governor, Policy, Bank of Papua New Guinea
10.50am - 11.20am
11.20am - 12.40 pm
Session 2: New Voices
Speakers will cover topics including the influence of civil society, cultural identity, PNG’s proactive ‘digital generation’, a changing media landscape and do we live in a man’s world?
Amanda Donigi, Editor of Stella Magazine
Lisa-Marie Tepu, Senior Leader, The Voice
Josephine Oberleuter, Executive Producer of the Tribe, National Broadcasting Corporation
Jeffry Feeger, Artist
Chair: Paul Barker, Director, Institute of National Affairs
12.40pm – 1.40pm
1.40pm – 3.00pm
Special panel discussion: The Power of Social Media
A special ‘in conversation’ panel. Topics this panel will tackle will include new media vs. traditional media, PNG’s mobile phone explosion, digital democracy & holding organisations (government and non-government) accountable via the internet, blogging and citizen journalism, the role of social media, the value of eDiplomacy, crowdsourcing for new ideas, can mobile phone applications improve one’s quality of life and service delivery? Importantly, what’s next?
Emmanuel Narokobi, Managing Director of Masalai Communications and blogger
Tavurvur, political blogger at the Garamut
Effrey Dademo, Program Manager, Act Now!
Scott Waide, EMTV Lae Bureau Chief and TV journalist/producer
(We encourage participants to engage with and share their views over social media during this ‘in conversation’, for example, by live-tweeting #PNGNewVoices or providing updates to Facebook)
Chairs: Danielle Cave, Research Associate, Lowy Institute and Alexander Rheeney, PNG Perspective
3.00pm - 3.30pm
3.30pm - 4.45pm
Session 3: PNG’s international choices and place in the Asian Century
Speakers will look at where PNG’s place in the world. Where does PNG fit? What does the Asian Century mean to the country? Who are our ideal international partners, now and into the future? Are we a regional leader? Can we become a creative middle power?
Douveri Henao, Executive Director of the Business Council Papua New Guinea and researcher at the PNG Institute of National Affairs
Samson Yabon, Assistant Director, Asia Branch, Political, Security and Treaties Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, PNG
Andrew Lepani, Sports Development Manager, Papua New Guinea Sports Federation and Olympic Committee
Chair: Robert Igara, Former Non-Executive Director, Oilsearch
4.45pm - 5.30pm
Conclusion: Recommendations for the future
This conclusion will be conducted ‘in conversation’ between Jenny Hayward-Jones, Myer Foundation Melanesia Program Director at the Lowy Institute and Allan Bird, Amanda Donigi and Emmanuel Narokobi.
Evening reception will follow conference, 5.45 – 7.30pm at the Gateway Hotel
Speakers at the reception include Her Excellency Lucy Bogari, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, PNG, Dame Carol Kidu, Margaret Adamson, Australian Deputy High Commissioner and Memafu Kapera, Managing Director, National Broadcasting Corporation.