Welcome to the third edition of Made in PNG, your guide to the goods and foods grown, processed and produced in Papua New Guinea—and the people who produce them.
As with previous editions, the goal of this publication is to raise awareness of the industry sectors that employ more Papua New Guineans than any other: agribusiness, fisheries, manufacturing and forestry.
These sectors have always been important in ensuring that PNG is more than just a mining and gas economy. With the mining sector currently in a contraction phase, these sectors are more critical than ever for Papua New Guinea.
PNG has enormous natural advantages when it comes primary produce such as palm oil, cocoa, coffee, tuna and timber products.
While these continue to be major exports, PNG is increasing finding ways to add value to its primary product—a process that creates jobs and increased revenues for the country. PNG is now a major exporter of canned tuna to the European Union, for example, while our cocoa finds its way into some of the world’s finest single-origin chocolate. Meanwhile, sustainably produced timber is being used to create kit homes and fine furniture.
PNG’s outstanding economic growth over the past ten years has driven increased demand for locally manufactured goods of all kinds, from construction materials and paint, to an enormous range of processed foods and cleaning materials.
The prospect of a petrochemical industry in PNG also raises exciting possibilities for the future.
The Manufacturers Council of Papua New Guinea remains pivotal to achieving a favourable business environment in PNG. With your support, the MCPNG will continue to assist businesses in leveraging many more opportunities in the future.