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The 2017 Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue - 12-15 December

13 September 2017   |   Speeches and Conferences   |   By Anna Kirk

The Aus-PNG Network is calling for applications and nominations for the 2017 Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue. To apply or nominate a candidate, please send a CV and a paragraph detailing the suitability of the applicant to akirk@lowyinstitute.org by close of business on Wednesday 18 October.

Participants in the 2016 GE Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue
Photograph: Paul Harris, Seesaw Photography
Participants in the 2016 GE Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue

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    The Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue brings together ten Papua New Guinean and ten Australian young people who are leaders in their fields, for two days of networking and discussion of priority issues for each country and the bilateral relationship.

    The 2017 Dialogue will be held between 12 and 15 December in Papua New Guinea, alongside the PNG IMPACT conference coordinated by the University of Papua New Guinea and James Cook University. Participants will have the opportunity to attend the first day of the PNG IMPACT conference on 12 December before taking part in the Dialogue over 13 and 14 December.

    Dialogue discussion will focus on research, innovation, new technologies and the importance of cross-disciplinary conversations to tackle societies’ big problems. This is the fifth year of the event and the first time that it will be hosted in PNG. As in past years, it will include professional networking opportunities with high profile corporate, government and civil society organisations, and a public reception.  

    We are inviting applications from and nominations for people aged under 40 years who are recognised by their organisations as showing drive and initiative and are making a contribution to their communities. Young professionals from any sector are encouraged to apply. For Australian applicants, no previous personal or professional experience in PNG is required. Participants will be selected based on their expertise and experience. To apply or nominate a candidate for the 2017 Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue, please send a CV and a paragraph detailing the suitability of the applicant to akirk@lowyinstitute.org by close of business on Wednesday 18 October.

    Background of the Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue

    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, with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Papua New Guinea and Australia have a bilateral relationship of significant importance. 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 Aus-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.