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Papua New Guinea Update 2009

Goroka Update

Wednesday 22 April
Auditorium, University of Goroka, Goroka

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Paul Barker
Paul Barker, from the UK, came to PNG in January 1978 and was based in the Highlands for five years with the Primary Industry Department. He headed the economics, marketing and statistics Branch of the Primary Industry Dept until 1988, when appointed special economic sector adviser in the Prime Minister’s Dept., a post filled until mid-2004. He was technical adviser with the European Delegation in the Solomon Islands until January 2006, and then appointed Executive Director of the Institute of National Affairs.

Aaron Batten
Aaron is an Economics PhD student from the Australian National University. His research focus is on analysing the impact of foreign aid inflows on the fiscal expenditure priorities, debt behaviour, revenue management and public sector efficiency of the PNG Government. He has previously worked at the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and the Australian Commonwealth Treasury. He is currently a research associate at the National Research Institute in Port Moresby

Ron Duncan
Ron is a Professor Emeritus of the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. He is Editor of the Asian-Pacific Economic Literature journal and Joint Editor of the Pacific Economic Bulletin. Ron’s previous role was as Foundation Executive Director of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance at the University of the South Pacific. Ron’s research and teaching interests are in the economics and governance of developing countries, agricultural and trade policy, competition policy, primary commodity markets, and management of natural resources. His primary developing country interests are in countries of the South Pacific and East Asia.

Jon Fraenkel
Jon is a multi-disciplinary social scientist, with a background in economic history and political science. He has lived in Fiji for 11 years where he was working at the University of the South Pacific. He specialises in contemporary politics in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, electoral systems, constitutional design and the political economy of the Pacific Islands.

Jonathan Gouy
Jonathan joined The CIE’s Canberra office as an Economist in 2007. He holds a Master of Science, Financial Economics, from the University of London and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University. Prior to joining the CIE, Jonathan was an Economic Adviser to the Government of Papua New Guinea. He also worked as a macroeconomist and policy adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

Donald Gumbis
Mr. Donald Gumbis is the Social Science Section Coordinator and also Lecturer in the Social Science and Commerce Department of the University of Goroka [UoG]. He teaches Political Studies and Sociology/Anthropology. A former student of UoG, he possesses a Diploma in Secondary Teaching [1992], B. Ed [2002] and M. Ed [2006].  This is his seventh year in teaching at UoG.  Mr. Gumbis’ paper stems from his many lecture presentations and comparative observations about PNG’s socio-economic development.

Pasinga Igua
Passinghan Igua is a Lecturer in Soil Science at the University of Goroka. He holds a Master of Agriculture Science (Soil Science) from Lincoln University, New Zealand. He has published on soil fertility, soil erosion, rehabilitation of environmental damage soils, socio-economics and food security. He has worked as a consultant with the United Nations Centre of Coarse Grains, Pulses, Roots and Tuber Crops in the Humid Tropics (CGPRT) in Bogor, Indonesia. He has also worked as a consultant with the Rabaul Ashbed Revegetation Project funded by the World Bank and administered by the Gazelle Restoration Authority.  Other consultancies include rehabilitation of polluted soils at Bige, OK Tedi and land suitability studies for Ramu Sugar’s diversification program.

Peter Larmour
Peter Larmour is a Reader in the Public Policy and Governance program at The Australian National University. He is currently doing research on anti-corruption policies and improving the effectiveness of aid. Peter also teaches a number of courses on corruption, anti-corruption, and public sector management. He has written widely on politics and government in the Pacific. His PhD was on land policy in Melanesia and he taught at the University of Papua New Guinea during the 1980s.

Mark McGillivray
Dr Mark McGillivray is Chief Economist of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in Canberra, Australia. Prior to joining AusAID in 2008 he was Deputy Director of the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland. Mark is also an Honorary Professor of Development Economics at the University of Glasgow, an Inaugural Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association and an External Fellow of the Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade at the University of Nottingham. His publications include more than 120 refereed journal articles and book chapters and 20 edited or authored books on topics including aid allocation, aid effectiveness, achieved well-being and inter-country inequality. His most recent book is Human Well-being: Concept and Measurement (Palgrave-Macmillon, London, 2007).

Gairo Onagi
Gairo Onagi is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Goroka.

Elisabeth Riedl
Elisabeth is a lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. She is also the Director of Internships for the Master of Human Rights at the University, and in both roles belongs to the School of Social and Political Sciences.  Elisabeth's research broadly focuses on development issues, with a particular interest in: coffee production and trade, fair trade and specialty markets, and corporate self-regulation.

Elisabeth has conducted research on fair trade in coffee in both Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Nancy Sullivan
Nancy is Managing Director of a PNG research consultancy, which is comprised of her former Divine Word University students. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, graduate of New York University and Princeton University, and her company has conducted social assessments of all kinds virtually everywhere in PNG for the past ten years; she's been in PNG for twenty one years.

Dave Vosen
Dave Vosen is a Counsellor for Policy Coordination and Quality based in PNG for AusAID.


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