Papua New Guinea Business Travel Guide
The Business End
SITUATED ON THE Pacific Ring of Fire, the mainland of the country is the eastern half of the New Guinea island where Port Moresby and the country’s other large towns are located. By and large though, the country is divided into nine convenient travel regions: Southern Papua New Guinea, Southwestern Papua New Guinea, Madang-Morobe, Highlands, Sepik, Milne Bay, New Britain, New Ireland and Manus, and Bougainville.
With the threat of volcanoes and/or tsunamis engulfing most of these regions, and with a scarily low tolerance for homosexuality or female equality, initial impressions aren’t ideal, but with more western customs becoming common place, improvement is evident. And as long as you remember their own customs - embracing friendly handshakes and greetings, but never making eye contact - then visitors can quickly turn their attentions towards enjoying the islands and indeed their business activities.
And from this business perspective, the outlook for PNG is bright. Despite being considered for LEDC status as little as 11 years ago, the International Monetary Fund has since described the country’s economy as “buoyant” and “stable”, with it now being earmarked as a developing entity: the sixth fastest in the world in 2011, in fact.
“Mining remains a major economic factor,” Wikipedia notes. “Local and national governments are discussing the potential of resuming mining operations in Panguna mine in Bougainville Province, which has been closed since the civil war in the 1980s-1990s.”
Endowed with a rich plethora of natural resources and mining opportunities, it comes as no surprise that the majority of business travellers