Tuesday 23 Oct 2018 | 19:45 | SYDNEY

PNG Prime Minister, the Hon Peter O'Neill MP to address Lowy Institute today

The Hon. Peter O’Neill, Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, is today to give an address to the Lowy Institute, titled ‘Papua New Guinea in the Asian Century’.

As one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, Papua New Guinea has been successful in attracting increasingly strong trade and investment links from rising Asian powers, including China.  

It will be the first time Prime Minister O’Neill has given an address in Australia focusing on PNG’s foreign policy objectives.

Australia’s relationship with PNG, our closest neighbour, and the challenges it faces, has been a key area of research for the Lowy Institute since the Myer Foundation Melanesia Program was established in 2007.

Previous research has examined issues surrounding health, growth and poverty alleviation in PNG, the 2012 national elections, and most recently how the rapid engagement of ICT in PNG and the Pacific region is creating a wealth of new development and business opportunities.

In October this year the Lowy Institute hosted in Port Moresby a ‘New Voices’ conference which brought together young Papua New Guinean leaders, and is currently completing a  leadership mapping exercise, tracking the lives and career trajectories of PNG leaders.  The Institute is privileged to have Dame Carol Kidu, a former PNG Minister and then opposition leader, as a non-resident visiting fellow.  

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Event Details:
Thursday 29 November: 12.30 – 1.45pm
31 Bligh Street, Sydney

Media registration: sdunstan@lowyinstitute.org

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Peter O’Neill:

Peter O’Neill, CMG, MP, was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea following the July 2012 national elections. He is the leader of the People’s National Congress Party and represents the constituency of Ialibu-Pangia in Southern Highlands. Peter O’Neill was elected to the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea in 2002 and was appointed Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations in the Somare government. He was Leader of the Opposition from 2004 to 2007 and after the 2007 elections held the portfolios of Public Service, Treasury and Finance and Works under Prime Minister Michael Somare. Peter O’Neill was first sworn in as Prime Minister in August 2011 after a parliamentary vote and held the position until the elections. He has a degree in accountancy and was a businessman before entering politics, and served as Executive Chairman of a number of private companies in Port Moresby.