17 May 2017
Over 50 representatives from the Papua New Guinea private sector participated in a business briefing which provided insight into how they can access human resources through Australia Awards and the New Colombo Plan.
The briefing, held to coincide with the Papua New Guinea – Australia 33rd Business Forum and Trade Expo featured a panel discussion with private sector partners including Oil Search and Newcrest. The panel discussion included challenges faced by Papua New Guinea businesses, the difficulty in accessing technically skilled and globally minded human resources, and the benefits that can be drawn from the long-term relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Mr Benedict David welcomed the high-level interest from the business community, with the panel participation of Oil Search Executive General Manager – Human Resources – Michael Herrett; Newcrest’s Country Manager Mr Peter Aitsi and returning alumni local lawyer Ms Stephanie Alopea.
“The newly skilled workers and interns from these two education programs will reinforce the people-to-people relationships that underpin the economic and social collaboration between Australia and Papua New Guinea. They can contribute to supporting Papua New Guinea’s transition to a prominent economic and leading regional player,” Mr David said
Panel member and Australia Awards Alumni Stephanie Alopea said, “It was an honour to meet guests and let them know that there is a group of returned alumni who are energetic and passionate about contributing to Papua New Guinea’s development.”