Papua New Guinea Transport Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Transport & Logistics from The Report: Papua New Guinea 2019

The quality of a destination’s transport infrastructure is key to attracting foreign investment. In Papua New Guinea this is an area with room for improvement. The poor condition of roads, ports and airports has raised the cost of doing business and rendered a number of sectors of the economy increasingly uncompetitive. Because of this, inland transport costs currently account for 10-15% of...

Efforts to improve public governance are gradually bolstering confidence in Papua New Guinea’s economy, despite national performance being heavily dependent on the extractive industries. Backed by macroeconomic development plans, Prime Minister James Marape’s administration is seeking to improve debt management, reduce foreign exchange imbalances, widen access to social services and provide greater employment opportunities.

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Roads are critical for economic growth and inclusive development in Papua New Guinea. By providing access to employment, health and education services, roads stimulate economic activity and enhance competitiveness, while poor roads isolate communities and compromise national security. Road infrastructure is therefore considered to be both a key strategic asset and essential...

Improving internal air connectivity has been identified as a priority for government in Papua New Guinea. Under the Medium-Term Development Plan (MTDP) there are a number of key targets to be achieved by 2030. These include: ensuring all 22 national airports meet international safety standards, upgrading 10 domestic airports to handle large jet planes and rehabilitating 50...

Which sectors generate the most demand for aviation services in Papua New Guinea?

The quality of a destination’s transport infrastructure is key to attracting foreign investment. In Papua New Guinea this is an area with room for improvement. The poor condition of roads, ports and airports has raised the cost of doing business and rendered a number of sectors of the economy increasingly uncompetitive. Because of this, inland transport costs currently account...

Efforts to improve public governance are gradually bolstering confidence in Papua New Guinea’s economy, despite national performance being heavily dependent on the extractive industries. Backed by macroeconomic development plans, Prime Minister James Marape’s administration is seeking to improve debt management, reduce foreign exchange imbalances, widen access to social services and provide greater employment opportunities.

 

Key industries across the Highlands region are set to see major improvements as extensive transport upgrades take shape. The poor condition of the Highlands Highway is a major constraint on inclusive growth, exacerbated by the lack of logistics facilities for perishable and high-value goods. While significant investment is still needed, the 10...