The ILO in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea (PNG) became a member of the ILO in 1976, a year after gaining independence.

PNG is the largest Pacific Island country, in terms of land mass, economy and population. An estimated 45 per cent of the current population is under the age of 18. 85 per cent of people live in rural areas.

The discovery of liquefied natural gas has boosted PNG’s economic growth. However, challenges remain pervasive in the labour market. The private sector accounts for more than 90 per cent of employment. Youth unemployment remains high. There is shortage of skilled labour.

Within the overall framework of Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), the ILO is helping PNG to reform its labour laws, build up the capacity of the social partners, support skills development, and promote decent work.

An MOU has been signed by the ILO, PNG and Fiji, with the aim of improving Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). Under this agreement the ILO is providing technical support and expertise, while Fiji is sharing information on good practices and experience.

The ILO’s current projects in PNG include:The ILO’s work in PNG is managed by the ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries, in Suva, Fiji.