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Papua New Guinea Business

Papua New Guinea business opportunities are largely concentrated in the natural resource sector. Endowed with a wealth of mineral deposits including oil, gas, copper and gold, much is undeveloped due to the nation's rugged terrain and high cost of developing infrastructure. Agriculture still provides a subsistence livelihood for roughly 75% of the population, while recent developments in oil and gas, LNG production and oil refining, should significantly increase the nation's GDP and export revenue. In recent years, the government has also opened up markets in telecommunications and air transport, making both more affordable to the people. Apart from inadequate infrastructure, other challenges facing Papua New Guinea business ventures include chronic law and order and land tenure issues, government corruption and general inefficiencies, plus an HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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  • population (2011): 6,187,591
  • population growth rate: 1.985%
  • median age: 21.8 years
  • languages: English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu
  • area: 462,840 km² (178,703 miles²)
  • GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $2,500
  • Doing Business 2017 rank: 119
  • cash crops include coffee, sugar,
  • cocoa, palm oil, copra and tea
  • rely on imports of manufactured goods
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