Papua New Guinea

PSDI is working with the Government of Papua New Guinea to help make PNG a safer, more productive, easier, and more inclusive place to do business.

PSDI is working with the Government of Papua New Guinea to:

  • Increase the availability of private sector credit by supporting the utilization of the secured transactions framework established in 2015, and advising on the introduction of alternative capital-raising platforms;

  • Promote entrepreneurship and foreign direct investment, particularly through providing ongoing assistance and advice to PNG’s Investment Promotion Authority;

  • Improve the efficiency and transparency of state-owned enterprises, by enabling public-private partnership transactions, developing a Community Service Obligation Policy for SOEs, and including PNG in PSDI’s Finding Balance SOE benchmarking studies;

  • Develop the technical and cross-cutting capacity of PNG’s Independent Consumer and Competition Commission;

  • Increase access to finance and financial services, by supporting the development of MiCash (a mobile phone linked bank account) and funding the design of the Microfinance Expansion Project (MEP); and

  • Remove barriers to women’s participation in the formal economy through pilot initiatives helping businesswomen enter the formal economy and helping women professionals reach leadership positions.

Resources and Spending

PSDI’s activities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have rapidly expanded since 2015 due to an additional $8.08 million in funding provided for Phase III by the Government of Australia. Similar additional funding for PNG has been again committed by the Government of Australia for PSDI Phase IV. These funds are being used to support expanded requests from the Government of Papua New Guinea to improve the enabling business environment across all of PSDI’s work areas: financing growth, business law reform, competition and consumer protection, further support for reforming state-owned enterprises (SOEs), implementing the public-private partnership (PPP) framework, and mainstreaming economic empowerment of women into PSDI projects.

A PSDI coordinator has been based at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Papua New Guinea Resident Mission since January 2010. The expansion of PSDI’s program in PNG has necessitated the engagement of an additional coordinator since November 2016. The coordinators promote effective private sector development policies and practices through dialogue with the government and other stakeholders and support the implementation of PSDI initiatives.

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On this website, $ refers to US dollars unless otherwise stated.

For detailed information on PSDI activities in Papua new Guinea, download the April 2020 PSDI Country Overview here.

Papua New Guinea at a glance

Secured transactions framework

PNG's PSDI-supported Personal Property Securities Registry was activated in May 2016, making it easier for lenders to extend credit secured against movable assets, such as vehicles, inventories, or sales contracts.

27,000 securities registered

As of end-2019, more than 27,000 security interests over movable assets to be used as collateral for loans have been registered in the Papua New Guinea using the PSDI-supported secured transactions framework.

Agricultural Value Chain Loan

launched by MiBank, with PSDI support, in May 2019. Its initial application is for cocoa financing in East New Britain, and other applications are being assessed.

Consumer and Competition Framework

review completed, and ongoing support provided to the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission.

Private sector assessment

Building a Dynamic Pacific Economy: Strengthening the Private Sector in Papua New Guinea, published in April 2015

Public-Private Partnerships Act

gazetted in January 2018, enabled the creation of a PPP program and requires PPP transactions to be developed transparently and predictably.
Latest News
1 October 2021
Papua New Guinea’s National Executive Council endorses legislation to promote private sector involvement in infrastructure service delivery

Papua New Guinea’s National Executive Council has endorsed the PSDI-supported Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Amendment Bill and Regulations.

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28 September 2021
Women in the Pacific exceed global average in business leadership

The Pacific Media Network covers the release of the new PSDI Leadership Matters report.

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26 August 2021
Program to support women senior business leaders launched in Papua New Guinea

PSDI has partnered with Papua New Guinea’s Business Coalition for Women (BCFW) to launch a training program to support more women to take on senior leadership roles.

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25 August 2021
Passing of new legislation in PNG a key step to reforming governance and improving performance of state-owned enterprises

Supported by PSDI, the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) on 17 August 2021 passed a key legislation in its efforts to reform governance, increase transparency, and improve the performance of the country’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

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18 May 2021
Better Performing, More Sustainable State-Owned Enterprises in Papua New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea, PSDI is supporting a reform program to improve the management of critical State-owned enterprises (SOEs) that deliver electricity and water, banking and insurance, aviation, ports, and communications.

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4 September 2020
Investment Promotion Authority and PSDI to make doing business in PNG easier

The Investment Promotion Authority, Department of Treasury, and PSDI illustrated their continued partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on 2 September 2020 designed to make doing business easier in PNG.

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Key Publications
Papua New Guinea | Pacific Tourism Sector Snapshot
Papua New Guinea | Pacific Tourism Sector Snapshot
This tourism sector snapshot for Papua New Guinea provides an overview of the tourism sector before the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies new and existing challenges and opportunities for the tourism industry.
Looking Forward Vol. 1: Evaluating the Challenges for Pacific Tourism after COVID-19
Looking Forward Vol. 1: Evaluating the Challenges for Pacifi...
This PSDI tourism sector assessment provides an overview of Pacific tourism before the COVID-19 pandemic, identifies challenges, and provides recommendations for a sustainable post-pandemic recovery.
Leadership Matters: Benchmarking Women's Business Leadership in the Pacific
Leadership Matters: Benchmarking Women's Business Leadership...
Leadership Matters: Benchmarking Women in Business Leadership in the Pacific collects and analyzes data on women’s representation on boards and in senior management in the 14 Pacific developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank.
PSDI Annual Progress Report FY2019–2020
PSDI Annual Progress Report FY2019–2020
This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from July 2019 to June 2020.
Pacific Retirement Funds: Anchoring Social Protection in Good Finance
Pacific Retirement Funds: Anchoring Social Protection in Goo...
This paper aims to assist policymakers to clarify the role of Pacific retirement funds—particularly any financing role,
Government-Owned Banks: Their Role in Pacific Financial Systems
Government-Owned Banks: Their Role in Pacific Financial Syst...
This paper aims to assist policymakers in addressing questions around government ownership of banks while highlighting the need to increase private participation in most Pacific financial systems, for these systems to meet the financing needs of businesses.