This chapter includes the following articles.
With an election in 2017, the year has proven be a challenging one in Papua New Guinea. The economic downturn following the completion of the PNG liquefied natural gas project has resulted in criticism of the current government, amid accusations of mismanagement. Despite this, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill secured a fourth term, winning 78% of the votes cast in his district. Boosting social and economic infrastructure, improving inclusiveness across the country and combating corruption – both real and perceived – are key challenges for political decision-makers. Yet, despite these difficulties, PNG possesses enormous natural resources, which future leaders must manage in order to boost growth and spur development.
This chapter contains an interview with Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.