European Union Delegation to Singapore

Second EU-PNG Business, Trade and Investment Conference

28/09/2021 - 08:14
Conference/seminar

"Strengthening sustainable business, trade and investment ties between the EU and PNG"

Second European Union – Papua New Guinea

Business, Trade & Investment Conference

"Strengthening sustainable business, trade and investment ties between the EU and PNG"

11 – 12 October 2021

Port Moresby, zoom meeting

Register in advance for this meeting here

This two-day Business-to-Business conference in PNG will help increase business contacts, discover new business opportunities and new collaboration partners between the EU and PNG, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Timor-Leste with particular attention to trade and investment aspects of sustainable development.

The first day will feature an opening session serving as a “curtain raiser” for the two-day programme, with round-table discussion panels and a business matchmaking session. Market analysis for specific economic sectors identified as potential priorities for trade and investment in PNG will be provided to participants.

The second day will focus on trade and investment as critical tools in achieving sustainable development, in the lights of global crisis and challenges faced by PNG, the Pacific region and the European Union as a partner. A practical dimension will look at particular business sectors in PNG and the region (e.g. industrial agriculture) and their development in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.

Information will be shared about trade and sustainability principles, with the view to inducing their mainstreaming in government policies and in business plans by aspiring entrepreneurs and business investors.

Formal presentations will offer the necessary information to trigger discussions in the round tables and interaction sessions. Moderators will guide each session and facilitate the discussion.

After the conference, a report/outcome document will be prepared and disseminated to relevant stakeholders, including the printed press and social media.

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Programme

Conference Day 1 – Monday 11 October 2021

07.30 – 08.00

Registration (coffee, tea & refreshments)

Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) and National Trade Office (NTO) of Papua New Guinea

Opening Session

08.00 – 09.00

Welcoming remarks

H.E. Jernej Videtič, EU Ambassador to PNG

H.E. Guillaume Lemoine, French Ambassador to PNG

Hon. Soroi Eoe, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Opening addresses: PNG trade and business environment

Mr. Michael Sullivan, President of the PNG-Europe Business Council.

Keynote Speech

09.00 – 09.30

State of the PNG Economy

Mr Edward Faber, ADB PNG country economist

Panel 1 discussion – Doing business after COVID-19: benefits of an open economy

Moderator: Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea

09.30 – 11.00

 

Measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 to MSMEs

Mr Joseph Vutliu, Acting Secretary Department of Commerce and Industry

Measures taken by the Bank of PNG to mitigate the impact of COVID-19

Mr. Loi Bakani, Governor, Bank of PNG

The impact of COVID-19 in the provinces

Mr. Gary Juffa, Governor of Oro Province

Lessons learnt from Covid-19 for business in the Pacific

Mr. Michael Sullivan, President of the PNG-Europe Business Council

Latest reforms to deal with Foreign Direct Investment

Mr. Clarence Hoot, Managing Director, Investment Promotion Authority

COVID-19 economic impact and Civil Society perspective

 

Mr. Paul Barker, Director, Institute of National Affairs

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

Panel 2 discussion –The EU-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): how to empower the non-resource sector

Moderator: National Trade Office

11.30 – 13.00

PNG initiatives to boost SMES in the non-resource sector

Mr. Petrus Ralda, Managing Director, Small and Medium Enterprises Corporation

Future of the MSMEs sector in PNG

Mr. Des Yaninen, President, MSME Council

Accessing existing financial opportunities for trade and private sector development in PNG

Mr. Saliya J. Ranasinghe, Centre for Excellence in Financial Inclusion

Projects aiming at promoting trade in the non-resource sector

Mr. Alan Bird, East Sepik Governor

Success story: MSME incubator

Ms. Vani K Nades, Director, EMSTRET

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

Panel 3 discussion – Reaching markets: how to bring EU and Pacific businesses together

Moderator : PNG-Europe Business Council

14.00 – 15.30

Investing in PNG

Mr. Jean-Marc Noiray, Managing Director, Total E&P PNG

Challenges doing business in PNG

Ms. Debbie Oli, Partner, Deloitte

Opportunities for trade and investment between Europe and the Pacific

Ms. Jodie Stewart, Trade Commissioner, Pacific Trade Invest

Success story: business between Europe and Australia

Mr. Jason Collins, CEO, Australian-Europe Business Council

Success story: PNG company trading with the EU market

Mr. Napoleón Benitez, General Manager, Majestic Seafood Corporation Ltd

B2B sessions on specific economic sectors

Facilitated by Ms. Sila Orake, EU Trade Officer and Mr. Carlos Pérez Padilla, Policy Coordinator – Economy, PFM and Trade, Delegation of the European Union to PNG

15.30 – 15.45

The benefits of the EU-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement

Mr. Moustapha Magumu, Coordinator Pacific & West Africa regions, Unit C-1- Africa, Caribbean & Pacific, Overseas Countries and Territories, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

15.45 – 16.00

Business, trade and investment in the ACP States, the ACP-Business Friendly Programme.

Mr. Escipión J. Oliveira Gómez, Assistant Secretary General, Structural Economic Transformation and Trade, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)

16.00 – 17.15

First session of presentations

Agriculture / Energy

17.15 – 17.30

Coffee break

17.30 – 18.45

Second session of presentations

Services / Infrastructure

Closing session

18.45 – 19.00

Closing remarks

Mr. Leon Buskens, Chairman of the Investment Promotion Authority

Ms. Cristina Miranda Gozalvez, Head of Unit C1- Africa, Caribbean & Pacific, Overseas Countries and Territories, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

Mr. Richard Yakam, Chief Trade Officer, National Trade Office

 

 

Day 2 – Tuesday 12 October 2021

Workshop

Promoting businesses, trade and investment in environmental goods, services and products obtained through the sustainable management of natural capital in the context of the EPA

15.00 – 15.30

Opening remarks

H.E. Jernej Videtič, EU Ambassador to PNG

Ms. Ewa Synowiec, Director, Directorate C – Africa, Caribbean and Pacific,Trade and Sustainable Development, Green Deal, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

 

Panel 1 discussion: trade and investment in products obtained through the sustainable management of natural capital

Moderator: Mr. Nikolaos Zaims, Advisor, Directorate C – Africa, Caribbean and Pacific, Trade and Sustainable Development, Green Deal, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

15.30 – 16.30

Promoting trade and investment in products obtained through the sustainable management of natural capital: sectors tbc (options: agrifood - coffee, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, etc., tourism, services, forest, aquaculture/fisheries)

Business, Government, Civil Society and academia from PNG, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Timor Leste.

16.30-17.00

Coffee break

 

Panel 2 discussion: trade and investment in environmental goods and services

Moderator: Mr. Nikolaos Zaims, Advisor, Directorate C – Africa, Caribbean and Pacific, Trade and Sustainable Development, Green Deal, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

17.00 – 18.00

Promoting trade and investment in environmental goods and service: sectors tbc (sustainable renewable energy and energy efficient goods, renewable/waste control/plastic recycling/circular economy)

Business, Government, Civil Society and academia from PNG, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Timor Leste.

18.00 - 18.30

Conclusions and closure

Mr. Clarence Hoot, Managing Director of the Investment Promotion Authority

Ms. Cristina Miranda Gozalvez, Head of Unit C1- Africa, Caribbean & Pacific, Overseas Countries and Territories, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission

Mr. Richard Yakam, Chief Trade Officer, National Trade Office

 

11/10/2021 - 12/10/2021

Port Moresby
BSP HAUS, 6th FLOOR, HARBOUR CITY, P.O. BOX 76, PORT MORESBY, NCD, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea