2019 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference set to focus on the next wave of investment


Registrations are now officially open for the 2019 Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference and the provisional program has been released. The conference will take place in Sydney, Australia on 19 & 20 August 2019.

View of the Opera House from the Shangri-La Hotel. Credit: Shangri-La Hotel

The conference, to be held at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney’s historic Rocks district, will feature addresses from two high profile keynote speakers: leading social commentator and business analyst Bernard Salt and futurist Mark Pesce.


Prime Minister Peter O’Neill at the 2018 Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference. Credit: BAI

Salt will address the conference on the likely impact of global trends on Papua New Guinea. Pesce, whose keynote was the highlight of the 2017 conference, returns to talk about the business and investment opportunities that will arise from PNG’s improved internet connectivity.

Salt and Pesce will be joined by a range of experts on business from PNG and the region. The two-day program will feature a wide variety of different formats: panel discussions, question-and-answer sessions, case studies, and individual presentations.

Included on the program will be a detailed economic update delivered by World Bank Senior Economist Ilyas Sarsenov, sessions on raising capital, PNG’s services sector, mining and petroleum, energy and infrastructure, as well as a spotlight on innovation, and several investment case studies.

Confirmed participants include:


  • Bernard Salt AM, Managing Director, The Demographics Institutue
  • Mark Pesce, Futurist
  • Carolyn Blacklock, Acting Managing Director, PNG Power
  • Rio Fiocco, President, Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • David Hill, Country Director—PNG, Asian Development Bank
  • Craig Jones, Executive General Manager—Wafi-Golpu, Newcrest Mining
  • Paul Komboi, Managing Director, PNG Dataco
  • Alan Milne, Managing Director, Air Niugini
  • Ilyas Sarsenov, Senior Economist, The World Bank
  • Geoffrey Tan, Managing Director Asia-Pacific, United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Zanie Theron, Managing Partner, KPMG PNG
  • John Byrne, President, Lae Chamber of Commerce


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Organiser Business Advantage International has hosted seven investment events on Papua New Guinea since 2011.

Next wave

The 2018 Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference. Credit: BAI

As an economy, PNG has enormous long-term potential. Every year, our conference allows investors to learn about the opportunities for investment and growth, in particular in the areas of PNG’s economy which will form part of the next wave,’ says Andrew Wilkins, Publishing Director at event host, Business Advantage International.

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

KPMG has been announced as the conference’s major sponsor. Official event partners include the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation and Air Niugini.

Registrations can now be made online at www.pnginvestmentconference.com . A special ‘super early bird’ rate applies to all registrations made up until 14 June.

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