Market Profile

Continuity of contact is vitally important when doing business in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Business people like to see the same face representing a company on successive visits. The guarantee of after sales service or maintenance is also considered important, and should be an integral part of your strategy.

Regional Processing Centre on Manus: economic opportunities

Regular updates and fact sheets are available on the Port Moresby Australian High Commission website.

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  • Imports from Papua New Guinea A$3,427 million
  • Exports to Papua New Guinea A$2,299 million
  • Capital Port Moresby
  • Official Languages Tok Pisin, English, Hiri Motu
  • Area 452,860 sq km
  • Population 7.7 million

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Country information provided by DFAT

Country brief

A comprehensive overview of political, economic and bilateral and regional trade agreements.

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Trade and economic fact sheet

Containing general information, recent economic indicators, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Papua New Guinea and their global merchandise trade relationship that is updated twice a year.

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Australia's trade at a glanceAustralia's top ten trading partners


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Papua New Guinea. This is regularly updated and should be checked before planning travel.

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Business risks

Bribery of Foreign Officials

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a voluntary mechanism which promotes and supports improved governance in resource-rich countries through the full publication and verification of company payments and government revenues from oil, gas, and mining.

The EITI is supported by governments, industry, and non-government organisations around the world. The Australian Government supports the EITI and encourages Australian companies operating internationally to comply with its recommendations.

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Multinational Enterprises should be aware of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises that provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business behaviour in a variety of areas, consistent with applicable domestic laws. These Guidelines are endorsed and promoted by the Australian Government.

APEC Business Travel Card Scheme

Managed by the Department of Immigration, the APEC Business Travel Card Scheme was developed to make travelling within the 21 APEC member countries much simpler and more efficient.

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