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PNG commodity prices - an opportunity not to be missed

CollectionsPacific Economic Bulletin (1991-2010)
Title: PNG commodity prices - an opportunity not to be missed
Author(s): Omuru, Eric
Warner, Bob
Publisher: Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Asia Pacific Press
Papua New Guinea is enjoying yet another mineral price boom which is underpinning a recent expansion in manufacturing and services. But with a difference. Unlike in previous booms, prices of most cash crops have also been surging, with significant parts of the rural economy benefiting. However, it is not clear that there is much expansion of smallholder productive capacity. The fundamental constraints continue to exist-transport, communication and financial services, as well as the poor environment for formal sector investment in agricultural services, logistics and processing. The real test of Papua New Guinea's management of the boom will be how it translates the surge in earnings into investment to address these problems.
ISSN: 1834-9455 (online)
0817-8038 (print)


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