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PNG Investment Conference 2018

Early bird deadline approaching

The early-bird deadline for registrations for the 2018 PNG Investment Conference is Thursday 5 July

27 June 2018

The themes for this year’s conference are innovation and sustainability, while Day 2 will be entirely focused on infrastructure, transport and logistics.


Confirmed speakers include leading thinker on climate change and former Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery, who will talk about opportunities for business in a low carbon future.

The conference will promote broad-based economic growth in PNG to the international business community, showcasing a wide range of industry sectors. Its main focus will be on business and investment opportunities, highlighting case studies that may form part of PNG’s ‘next wave’.


With a top-notch, expertly curated program and a high percentage of CEO and board-level delegates in attendance, this is one event you won’t want to miss.


The Sofitel is currently offering delegates a heavily-discounted rate of $200 per night (room-only).
The official Conference Dinner at Brisbane’s magnificent Customs House venue promises to be a memorable evening with a sumptuous three-course meal, live entertainment and a mystery visit from a well-known NRL player. Guests are welcome.

Lae Port

Infrastructure under the magnifying glass

Day 2 of the conference will be entirely focused on infrastructure, transport and logistics in PNG, and the investment and business opportunities they offer.

28 May 2018

At first hand, delegates will:

  • learn the roadmap for the country's expanding electricity sector from the head of the country's state power utility
  • hear from the country's largest telco about exciting new developments in telecommunications, and
  • discover the ten-year road, energy and aviation investment program of country's largest institutional investor in infrastructure, the Asian Development Bank—one of our event partners.

The outlook for port and aviation infrastructure will also be discussed.

Confirmed speakers on Day 2 include:

  • Carolyn Blacklock, Acting Managing Director, PNG Power Ltd
  • Paul Statham, Regional Director, Digicel Pacific
  • David Hill, Country Director—PNG, Asian Development Bank
  • Pablo Kang, Head—Undersea Cables Task Force, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Sir Frederick Reiher, Chairman, Air Niugini
  • Edward Muttiah, Country Manager—PNG, International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI)

Day 1 of the event will be headlined by leading thinker on climate change and former Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery, who will present the conference keynote on opportunities for business in a low carbon future.

To view the latest program in full, please click here.

Tim Flannery

Flannery leads program for conference

Eminent scientist Professor Tim Flannery will be one of the key speakers at this year’s conference

5 May 2018

Professor Tim Flannery has had a long career as advisor to government and business on climate issues, as well as being a broadcaster, a widely published author and a former Australian of the Year.

He will provide a keynote speech to the conference on the opportunities and challenges for PNG business in the low carbon economy of the future.

With the measures agreed to in the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement (to which Papua New Guinea is a signatory, alongside 195 other countries) that comes into effect in 2020, now is a perfect time to understand the implications for business.

Flannery is no stranger to PNG, having conducted ground-breaking scientific research in the country over several years.