The 2015 PNG Update

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Written by Jonathan Pryke

UPNG's main lecture theatre full with PNG Update participants

The PNG Update was held on June 18-19 jointly organized by the Australian National University and the University of Papua New Guinea and hosted again at the UPNG campus in Port Moresby. Over 400 participants on each of the two days of the Update enjoyed a diverse and stimulating set of presentations and discussions.

UPNG Vice Chancellor Albert MellamProceedings were opened with a welcome from the UPNG Vice Chancellor Professor Albert Mellam, and ANU College of Asia and the Pacific Dean Veronica Taylor. Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Deborah Stokes delivered the inaugural address. Finance Minister James Marape put the cat among the pigeons by declaring that LNG was a “myth”, and highlighting the gap between inflated expectations and harsh budgetary realities.

And then, conference open, it was game on with a mix of plenary keynotes and parallel sessions: some 50 presentations in all. Discussion was lively and at times intense. So too was media attention: with the Update covered in both headlines and through in-depth articles in the printed media, online, and on television.

PNG Update 2A highlight was the launching of a photographic exhibition celebrating the long and deep history of collaboration between ANU and UPNG.

You can already find many of the presentations online here, and we’ll be bringing you more papers and blogs in the coming days. Podcasts of the keynote sessions are also available.

PNG Update 4

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Jonathan Pryke

Jonathan Pryke worked at the Development Policy Centre from 2011 as a Research Officer and Blog Editor, and left in mid-2015 to take up the position of Melanesia Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He has a Master of Public Policy/Master of Diplomacy from Crawford School of Public Policy and the College of Diplomacy, ANU.

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