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Danielle Cave & Jenny Hayward-Jones

24 Oct 2012 15:25

By Annmaree O'Keeffe, Danielle Cave and Jenny Hayward-Jones, from the Lowy Institute's Melanesia program. 

 

The idea to hold the New Voices conference in Port Moresby began as a crazy thought by the Lowy Institute's Melanesia Program team and turned out to be a winner. We hope it will prove a game changer, too. 

New Voices has been an annual feature on the Institute's calendar since 2004, but this is the first time it has been held in another country. The aim was to give young and emerging leaders in PNG a forum to debate, discuss and exchange ideas on the future of their resource-rich but development challenged country.

It seems they were hungry for that opportunity: instead of the 80 participants we had hoped for, more than 120 of PNG's future leaders came along on Monday. There was also a broad representation of local and international news media.

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