2015 GE Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue

1 December 2015 to 2 December 2015

The Lowy Institute for International Policy will be hosting the 2015 GE Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue over 1-2 December in Sydney.

The Dialogue will bring together 20 young leaders from a range of sectors in both countries to share ideas on priority national issues for Papua New Guinea and Australia over 1.5 days of discussion on 1-2 December at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. The participants have all been recognised by their organisations as showing drive and initiative and are making a significant contribution to their communities. 

This is the flagship event of the Lowy Institute’s Australia-Papua New Guinea Network, which aims to enhance people-to-people links between the two countries. The Dialogue is being conducted with the support of GE and in cooperation with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Papua New Guinea and Australia have a bilateral relationship of significant importance. In a speech to the Lowy Institute on 20 August, DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese said “perhaps more than any other single relationship the state of our relationship with PNG is seen as a barometer of Australian foreign policy success.” 

If relations between Australia and Papua New Guinea are to grow stronger, the next generation of leaders in both countries will need a more sophisticated appreciation of each other’s national priorities and challenges. This Dialogue offers emerging leaders a unique opportunity to develop that appreciation and build professional connections and friendships with their counterparts.

Alumni of the Dialogue have identified the benefits of the Australia-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue’s particular style; including the knowledge gained from the multidisciplinary nature of the discussion and the advantages of the small size of the group which supports frank and open conversation and more substantive networking opportunities. 

Participation in the Dialogue enables emerging leaders to contribute to the policy debate as the outcomes of the discussion will be communicated through DFAT to the Australian and Papua New Guinean foreign ministers.