Building the Australia-PNG Digital Ecosystem

Building the Australia-PNG Digital Ecosystem

The launch of the outcomes of the 2022 Australia-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue
Tue, 13 June 2023

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated global digital connectivity, and the Pacific region is witnessing a surge in digital transformations. With increasing internet access, mobile phone usage, and government-led digital initiatives in health, education, and financial data, Papua New Guinea is experiencing a growing digital footprint.

However, there are still challenges to overcome, and Australia can play a pivotal role in supporting PNG’s digital connectivity through investment, capacity building, partnerships, technical assistance, and regional collaboration.

The 2022 Aus-PNG Network Emerging Leaders Dialogue explored these issues and more.

The evening of Tuesday 13 June marked the launch of our Dialogue Outcomes Report, Building the Australia-PNG Digital Ecosystem.

Featured a live panel discussion with Dialogue alumni:

  • Jack Growden, Founder & CEO, LiteHaus International, on digital education
  • Sarah Bornstein, Global Emergency Care Advisor, on digital innovation in health
  • Clare Akauma, Assistant Site Manager, Graincorp, on digital innovation in sport and agricultural development.

The event was chaired by Mihai Sora, Aus-PNG Network Project Director.


Areas of expertise: Australian foreign policy, geopolitics in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, conflict analysis and fragile states.