There are business facilities for medium
and small scale industries in and near the main towns in all provinces in
Papua New Guinea. These areas are generally well served by the appropriate
air, sea and road transportation networks, as well as other necessary
components of infrastructure such as the supply of water and electricity
and telecommunications facilities.
The city of Lae has earned the
reputation of being the manufacturing capital of Papua New Guinea because
of its location among major shipping, road and airline routes. Port
Moresby, Mt Hagen and Madang are other well developed cities where major
industries and businesses are located.
The development of resource projects in
non-urban areas has also resulted in the emergence of almost
self-sufficient communities in parts of the country which otherwise may
have remained isolated with only limited formal economic activity.
The physical characteristics of the
country have prohibited the development of an extensive road network and
the often extreme weather patterns present enormous challenges to the
architects and engineers of infrastructure developments.
However, the mountainous terrain has
resulted in the development of hundreds of airstrips throughout the
country enabling inter-village and inter-provincial travel. Shipping and
other forms of water transport have evolved also out of necessity in
response to the great expanses of ocean and huge inland waterways.
Essential services for the operation of
basic businesses are available in most towns and villages but there is
still room for further improvement and development. The Government places
infrastructure development and maintenance high on its agenda but, like
other Governments, is constantly juggling resources to meet the demands
from the community.
However, investors can be assured that
all basic infrastructure is available for business in Papua New Guinea.
For larger scale investment projects, the Government and the private
sector have the resources to put in place any other specific requirements.