Aus-PNG Network Live | The Year Ahead in PNG

Aus-PNG Network Live | The Year Ahead in PNG

Join us for this online discussion with three PNG observers to talk about the events and issues that will be in the news in 2021.

It was a busy end to 2020 for Papua New Guinea. Fleet political footwork allowed Prime Minister James Marape to stave off a late year parliamentary challenge, but the to-do list for the year ahead is as full as ever: Dealing with the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, launching a new anti-corruption agency, negotiating Bougainville's political future. All this while keeping his coalition government together with little more than a year until national elections in 2022. Join us online for this live lunchtime discussion with three experienced panellists for their observations on some of the major issues looming in the year ahead. Participation is free - but you need to register here for your link to attend the session.  

Rebecca Kuku is a Senior Reporter covering Politics and Security with more than eight years experience in the mainstream media. She regularly writes about Gender Based Violence and Sorcery Accusation Related Violence and other social issues. Rebecca is currently reporting for the PNG Post-Courier newspaper and is also a content contributor for The Guardian. Rebecca also publishes work through her Facebook page Becky's World which has more than 15,000 followers.

Yuambari Haihuie is the Deputy Director (Policy and Advocacy) at Transparency International PNG. He’s been working on good governance and anti-corruption campaigns in PNG for more than six years and has contributed to TI’s research and advocacy work such as the 2017 PNG National Election Report, Corruption Risk Assessment of Mining Licences, and the need for Access to Information Legislation in PNG. He is a volunteer director on the board of the Young Professionals Network of PNG and was a participant in the 2017 Australia-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue.

Patrick Kaiku is a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Papua New Guinea, and has written extensively on national and international political affairs in PNG. After undergraduate and honours studies at UPNG, he received a Masters in Pacific Studies from the University of Hawaii.

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