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Our Program

The program for the 2018 Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference, which was held on 6 and 7 August, at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Australia.

The themes of this year's conference were innovation and sustainability, with Day 2 dedicated entirely to infrastructure, transport and logistics.

To view and download presenters' slides, please visit the individual sessions below.

To register your interest in attending or sponsoring the next PNG Investment Conference, please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

The speakers' presentations are now available below — they are displayed under each session. Click on the text 'PDF' or 'PDF of slides'.

Sessions and Presentations

9:00 AM
  • Official welcome
    • Sakias Tameo, Papua New Guinea's Acting High Commissioner to Australia
    5 mins
9:10 AM
  • Opening address
    • The Hon. Peter O'Neill MP CMG, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea [video] [PDF]


    The Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP

    Peter is the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. He is the leader of the People’s... More

    40 mins
9:50 AM
  • Keynote Address: ‘Opportunities for business in a low carbon future’
    • Professor Tim Flannery: Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne [PDF of slides]


    The 2016 Paris Agreement, to which Papua New Guinea is a signatory, has committed governments across the globe to a low carbon future. What does that mean for business now and into the future, and how can PNG in particular take advantage of the considerable opportunities that will flow from it?

    Tim Flannery, one of the world’s most respected climate experts, will provide valuable insights into what a low carbon future will look like and how it is likely to influence the way business and trade is conducted.

    Tim is currently a professor at Sydney's Macquarie University. In 2005, he was honoured as Australian Humanist of the Year and, in 2007, he was named Australian of the Year.

    In 2006, Tim co-founded the Copenhagen Climate Council, and chaired the organisation until 2010, advising governments and businesses on environmental policy. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of scientists, became Australia's first chief climate commissioner in 2011 and in 2013 founded the Climate Council to continue communicating authoritative climate change information to the Australian public.

    A well-known author and broadcaster, Tim has a long connection with Papua New Guinea, having conducted significant fieldwork there as a mammalogist and palaeontologist, during which he discovered a number of previously unknown species.

    This keynote address is kindly sponsored by Digicel

    Professor Tim Flannery

    Tim is an Australian mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist and global warming activist.... More

    40 mins
10:30 AM
  • Economic update on Papua New Guinea
    • Edward Faber: Country Economist, Asian Development Bank [PDF of slides]


    PNG looks to be on the cusp of a new phase of significant growth, driven in part by major resources and infrastructure investment. Edward Faber, Country Economist for Papua New Guinea at the Asian Development Bank, will provide an update of the state of Papua New Guinea’s economy and will provide some insights into what will drive its future economic growth.

    Edward Faber

    Edward assumed the role of ADB Country Economist in PNG in early 2018, where he is responsible... More

    30 mins
11:00 AM
  • Morning tea

    This morning tea is kindly sponsored by Bank South Pacific

    30 mins
11:30 AM
  • The Investors: Opportunities in a connected economy (panel discussion)
    • David Brown: Chief Investment Officer, Nasfund
    • Augustine Sanga Mano: Managing Director & CEO, Mineral Resources Development Company Limited (MRDC)
    • Paul Sayer: Chief Executive Officer, Nambawan Super


    Papua New Guinea’s economy has undergone significant transformation and modernisation in the past decade, leading the country’s major investors to adjust and refine their investment strategies. In this session, some of the country’s leading investors will discuss where they feel the opportunities will lie in the coming decade.

    Moderator: Andrew Wilkins

    This session is kindly sponsored by Security Systems

    David Brown

    David is Chief Investment Officer at NasFund the largest private sector super fund in... More

    Paul Sayer

    Paul Sayer was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2017 and is responsible for leading the... More

    45 mins
12:15 PM
  • What’s really happening with LNG?


    Resource analyst David Lennox reviews the latest developments in PNG’s gas sector against the background of global trends in LNG investment and consumption. Looking beyond the hype, he will take a close look at PNG’s LNG prospects over the coming decade.

    David Lennox

      As Fat Prophets' Resource Analyst, David Lennox covers the spectrum of the commodity... More

    25 mins
12:40 PM
  • Bringing PNG and the Pacific into the global payments system
    • Craig Kirkland: Director for the Pacific Islands, Mastercard [PDF of slides]


    Financial services giant Mastercard is experiencing extraordinary global growth in its secure, cashless payments business and now it’s taking a strong interest in the Pacific Islands. Its regional director Craig Kirkland will explain why, and how business and consumers in the region stand to benefit.

    Craig Kirkland

    Craig has been in involved in many aspects of payments in Australia and New Zealand since 1995... More

    20 mins
12:50 PM
  • Case Study: Loloata Island Resort
    • Lew Nielson: Director, Loloata Island Resort, Lamana Developments [PDF of slides]


    Papua New Guinea has rich tourism potential and now the sector is starting to attract some significant investment. In 2019, Port Moresby will finally see the opening of its first premium resort, at Loloata Island. Lew Nielsen will outline the nature of this pioneering project, which is being funded by domestic investors.

    Lew Nielsen

    Lew has worked exclusively for the Lamana Group for more than 20 years. He was involved in... More

    10 mins
1:00 PM
  • Networking lunch

    This networking lunch is kindly sponsored by Oil Search

    1 hour
2:00 PM
  • The Facilitators: assessing PNG’s prevailing investment climate (panel discussion)
    • Kip Hannah: Regional Head Pacific, Westpac
    • Clarence Hoot: Managing Director, Investment Promotion Authority of PNG
    • John Vivian: Resident Representative for PNG, IFC (a member of the World Bank Group)
    • Zanie Theron: Managing Partner, KPMG PNG


    Don’t write the cheque before you attend this session! What should an investor know before making an investment in PNG? An expert panel—drawn from a Big Four accounting firm, a leading regional bank, the World Bank’s investment arm, and the statutory body responsible for facilitating investment in PNG—will examine the current investment climate in PNG, including the risks, the obligations and the regulatory framework—and how these can all be successfully navigated. Kindly sponsored by Digitec.

    Moderator: Andrew Wilkins

    Kip Hanna

    As Westpac Pacific Regional Head, Kip delivers Westpac’s International business priorities... More

    Clarence Hoot

    Clarence was appointed Managing Director of the Investment Promotion Authority of Papua New... More

    Zanie Theron

    Zanie Theron is the Managing Partner at KPMG in Port Moresby, and has been living and working in... More

    John Vivian

    John is the Papua New Guinea Resident Representative for the International Finance Corporation,... More

    40 mins
2:45 PM
  • Case study: Aiabba Minerals
    • Moses Mondowoa, Executive Chairman & Managing Director, Aiabba Minerals [PDF of slides]

    Mining has played a major role in Papua New Guinea’s economy for many years but the industry is changing, as the country looks to maximise the value from its mineral resources and also avoid the boom-and-bust cycles associated with the sector. We hear from Moses Mondowa, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Papua New Guinean-owned Aiabba MInerals, one of a new wave of exploration companies.

    Moses Mondowa

    Moses Mondowa has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining industry include business... More

    15 mins
3:00 PM
  • Special address: Mark Coulton

    The Hon. Mark Coulton MP, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Australian Government [text of speech]

    The Hon. Mark Coulton MP

    Mark was first elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Parkes, New South... More

    30 mins
3:30 PM
  • Afternoon break

    This break is kindly sponsored by ICTSI

    15 mins
3:45 PM
  • Case study: Sustainable production in Papua New Guinea

    Ian Orrell (Head of Sustainability) and Robert Nilkare (Country Manager) of New Britain Palm Oil will outline how a commitment to sustainable prodiuction has led this pioneering agribusiness into new business opportunities. [PDF of slides]

    Ian Orrell

    Ian has 30-years’ experience in the palm oil industry and for most of this time has been... More

    15 mins
4:00 PM
  • The Innovators - how PNG is creating a culture for innovation
    • Matthew Care: Chief Executive Officer, Hausples [PDF of slides]
    • Samson Korawali: Head of Digital and Co-Founder, KK Consultancy [PDF of slides]
    • Dr Thomas Webster: Director, PNG National Research Institute/APEC Study Centre [PDF of slides]
    • Crystal Kewe, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Crysan Technology [PDF of slides]


    On the back of improved and cheaper internet services, PNG is becoming home to new generation of entrepreneurs—the vanguard of the country’s fledgling digital economy. This session will throw a spotlight on some of the innovators and their work, and also discuss the environment that is encouraging and supporting such entrepreneurs.

    Mathew Care

    Mathew commenced his career as a banking and finance solicitor at global law firm Herbert Smith... More

    Crystal Kewe

    Crystal A.Kewe is the co-founder of CrysanTechnology Ltd, a software company she started in 2014... More

    Samson Korawali

    Samson has 15 years of industry experience working on multiple digital projects locally and... More

    Dr Thomas Webster

    Dr Webster is currently Professorial Research Fellow under the Governance Research Program and... More

    40 mins
5:00 PM
  • Networking drinks

    These networking drinks are kindly sponsored by Nasfund

    1 hour
6:30 PM
  • Official Conference Dinner

    6:30pm for 7.00pm—Official Conference Dinner, featuring an appearance from our very special guest, Rugby League legend Darren Lockyer. Darren appears courtesy of the NRL.

    The conference dinner is kindly sponsored by Digicel

    Darren Lockyer

    Darren James Lockyer is an Australian former rugby league player and current... More

    2.5 hours
8:30 AM
  • ‘Coffee in Honiara’—Solomon Islands Business Update
    • Jay Bartlett: Chairman, Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry [PDF of slides]
    • Denis Meone: CEO Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry


    Business links between Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are going from strength to strength. Grab a coffee from the Airways Café (open from 8am daily) and get a first-hand update on the Solomon Islands economy from the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce.

    Jay Bartlett

    Jay Bartlett is the current Chairman of Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry... More

    30 mins
9:00 AM
  • Welcome/PNG 100 CEO Survey 2018

    This session is kindly sponsored by ICTSI

    Andrew Wilkins

    30 mins
9:30 AM
  • PNG’s infrastructure report card


    Author of a recent Lowy Institute report on infrastructure in PNG, Craig Lawrence, will provide a ‘state-of-the-nation’ appraisal of the nation’s infrastructure. He will also identify priority future infrastructure projects, notably those best suited to private sector participation.

    Craig Lawrence

    Craig brings over 28 years' experience in the infrastructure sector, working on government,... More

    15 mins
9:45 AM
  • PNG’s telecommunications and IT future
    • Pablo Kang: Head—Undersea Cables Task Force, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) [presentation made under Chatham House rules]]
    • Paul Statham: Regional Director, Digicel Pacific [PDF of slides]


    No sector in Papua New Guinea has benefitted more from private sector investment in the past decade in PNG than telecommunications. The advent of Digicel has led to more than 80% of PNG’s population now having mobile phone coverage, while 4G is now commonplace and internet connectivity has expanded, improved and reduced significantly in price. So, what's next for the sector, and how can business make use of the new services that are in the pipeline?

    Pablo Kang

    Pablo heads a DFAT Task Force directed to implement an undersea telecommunications cable... More

    Paul Statham

    Paul Statham is the Head of Business Solutions at Digicel. He is an experienced Executive with... More

    45 mins
10:30 AM
  • Morning tea

    This morning tea is kindly sponsored by AkzoNobel

    30 mins
11:00 AM
  • Case study: growing a successful business in PNG


    Formed in Lae, PNG’s manufacturing hub, in 2004, Hornibrook NGI has grown into a strong and diverse company, incorporating manufacturing, engineering, construction and property divisions. Founder and Chairman Mal Lewis will outline the company’s growth strategy and provide insights into the advantages of being based in PNG’s second city.

    Mal Lewis

    A trained pilot and engineer, Mal joined Hornibrook NGI in 1994 as Managing Director... More

    15 mins
  • Transforming PNG’s electricity sector
    • Carolyn Blacklock: Acting Managing Director, PNG Power Ltd


    PNG has ambitions to dramatically expand access to electricity over the next decade, with a goal of achieving 70% population coverage by 2030. State utility PNG Power owns the strategy to achieve this goal, which has already seen significant mobilisation of private sector investment into power generation. Its Acting Managing Director Carolyn Blacklock will outline both PNG’s future energy roadmap and also the outlook for private sector involvement.

    Carolyn Blacklock

    Carolyn has 25 years’ experience in private sector finance, development and infrastructure... More

    45 mins
11:30 AM
  • Case study: Solar power in PNG

    Renewable energy sources, including solar power, are considered by many experts to be the short-to-medium term electricity solution for PNG's rural and remote communities. Solar pioneer Jon Pittar will tell how Solar Solutions is already helping to meet the power needs of those communities.

    Jon Pittar

    Arriving in PNG in 1988, Jon has 29 years of experience in senior management roles throughout... More

    15 mins
12:10 PM
  • Getting it there: transport and logistics
    • David Hill: Country Director—PNG, Asian Development Bank [PDF of slides]
    • Matthew Avenell, Executive Director, AES PNG


    Getting goods to market, both domestically and overseas, has traditionally been a major challenge in Papua New Guinea. This session will examine the substantial progress being made in the country’s key areas of transport: roads, aviation and ports, and identify increasing opportunities for private sector participation.

    David Hill

    Dave is an economist with 28 years of experience in infrastructure planning and implementation.... More

    50 mins
1:00 PM
  • Networking lunch

    This networking lunch is kindly sponsored by KPMG

    1 hour


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Contact us

For queries regarding the event or your registration, please use the contact form to the right to get in touch. In cases of difficulty or for additional information, you can also contact us by phone: Australia: +61 3 9111 0044 or Papua New Guinea: +675 7181 9337

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