The Lowy Institute hosted the fourth annual Australia – Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue on 22 – 23 November 2016 in Brisbane at the Queensland Art Gallery to coincide with the exhibition, Number 1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016.
The Dialogue is the flagship event of the Australia-Papua New Guinea Network, an initiative designed to expand people-to-people relations between Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Dialogue reflects the significance of the Australia-Papua New Guinea relationship, and brings together 20 dynamic emerging leaders from both countries to discuss common challenges and form enduring professional connections. The 2016 Dialogue focused on four key issues; the role of young people in leadership, alternative routes to economic empowerment, art and advocacy, and contemporary PNG-Australia relations. The young leaders used the Dialogue to make new professional connections and find opportunities for collaboration.
The Dialogue was chaired by Sisa Kini, Community Development Support Manager and Coordinator the Global Women in Management Program, ExxonMobil PNG Limited; and Jonathan Pryke, Director of the Aus-PNG Network and Research Fellow in the Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute.
The Dialogue participants developed a number of proposals, summarised in the next section and expanded on in the sections to follow, to grow links between the two countries and expand the understanding of Papua New Guinea in Australia.
You can read the Outcomes Document of the 2016 Emerging Leaders Dialogue here.