• Legal Framework

    In-depth coverage of the local legal framework for business is an integral part of OBG’s analysis. Working in partnership with a leading local law firm, we review foreign investment laws, ownership restrictions, requirements for local partners and labour laws, among other topics.
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The growth of Papua New Guinea’s economy in the last decades, as a result of large-scale development projects primarily in the extractive industries, has had both positive and negative consequences for the country. With a growing consumer base and an emerging middle class, one negative consequence has been the influx of counterfeit consumer goods.

GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE: There are three levels of government in Papua New Guinea: national, provincial and local. The legislative powers of these governments are regulated by the constitution and the Organic Law on Provincial Government and LocalLevel Government (Organic Laws). Each level has its own distinct law-making powers. The National Parliament’s legislative powers...

Chapter | Legal Framework from The Report: Papua New Guinea 2019

This chapter examines the legal system of Papua New Guinea, as distributed across the national, provincial and local levels, including those governing: investment promotion; regulation of companies; taxation and tax credits; partnerships and joint ventures; personal property; power of attorney; land rights; patents; employment conditions; foreign exchange control; and sector-specific...

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.


Designed as a replacement for the former business register, the National Business Register (Registre National des Entreprises, RNE) Law No. 52 of 2018 passed on September 29 and was implemented on February 6, 2019. The reform has multiple objectives. First, it seeks to simplify procedures and shorten the time needed to set up a company,...


Legislators in Tunisia have a habit of crafting laws that cannot be implemented until additional decrees are passed at a later date. Several articles of the Investment Law No. 71 of 2016 were limited to stating principles, while the concrete modalities needed to bring about actual legal change were to be included in succeeding decrees....

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