Papua New Guinea Construction

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Chapter | Construction & Real Estate from The Report: Papua New Guinea 2019

Papua New Guinea’s hosting of the 2018 APEC Leaders’ Summit proved to be something of a catalyst for the construction sector. Although the authorities had to mitigate the shortage of high-end hotels in the capital city by hiring cruise liners to accommodate international delegates attending the event, a host of construction projects were launched to meet the other infrastructure needs of the...

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.


How would you characterise the outlook for Papua New Guinea’s construction sector in 2018?


In 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of humanity was living in urban areas. Perhaps the most remarkable observation about this trend is the speed at which it has happened: as recently as 1900 urban areas accounted for 13% of the global population. Towns and cities are seen as the crucibles of opportunity for many rural...


In the absence of a well-developed local manufacturing base for building materials, Papua New Guinea’s construction sector has largely depended on imported materials over the years, which has translated into high costs and slow development. However, recent government policy changes geared towards reducing imports of capital goods and...


While resources-related projects will always be the engine of the sector, the rising number of residential, hotel, retail, transportation and office developments are becoming increasingly important, as the country’s hosting of APEC events in 2018 and the expanding middle class continue to shift Papua New Guinea’s construction priorities. The...

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