Papua New Guinea National Research Institute

NRI commences research into Bougainville Referendum

The Bougainville Referendum is an important national event with significant implications for both PNG and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ABG).

The Referendum will determine whether ABG will gain independence or remain autonomous.

The aim of the project, launched today, is to generate research-based information for informing relevant stakeholders in order to ensure that the process and outcome of the Referendum is credible.

‘Is Konebada Petroleum Park Authority a scam?’

The article revealed that there is a possible large scale scam that affects land belonging to customary landowners in the Port Moresby LNG corridor, which falls within the administrative authority of KPPA.

The role of the KPPA is to facilitate, regulate and manage the park, this includes planning and coordinating development through engagement of current and future stakeholders and bringing in investment.

The article, published on April 2, is titled “Is Konebada Petroleum Park Authority a scam?”

PNGNRI launches new research building

The new Thomas Webster Research Building was officially opened today by Fabian Chow, the son of the late NRI Council chairman Sir Henry Chow, on the PNGNRI Waigani Campus.

The new building is one of the major components of the Knowledge Hub’s physical landscape and infrastructure.

NRI Director Dr Charles Yala thanked everyone during the launch that has contributed to the successful competition of the new infrastructure.

NRI: Need to improve land surveyors’ skills in PNG

PNG National Research Institute (NRI) reports that surveyors contribute greatly to building PNG and have an important role to play in the development of customary land and the development of towns and cities.

PNG NRI Director Dr Charles Yala said it is important for land surveyors to learn about the current state-of-the-art technologies in order to effectively carry out their work.

Dr Yala highlighted that the main challenge faced by surveyors is the type of topography in the country, which requires investment in expensive equipment.

Report assesses factors behind property prices

Released last Wednesday (July 27), issues paper 19, “ASSESSMENT OF MARKET PRICES FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES IN PORT MORESBY: Do location and property type matter”, presents a snapshot of residential property market trends in Port Moresby.

It examined the supply and prices of residential properties in Port Moresby and investigates whether property type and location influence the prices.

Availability of land a major obstacle to housing sector

The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute reports that the land owned by the State is limited and almost exhausted.

There’s only three percent land that belongs to the government and 97 percent belongs to customary landowners.

This implies that there is a need to free up more customary owned land for residential property sector.

PNGNRI researcher for the property development research program, Professor Eugene Ezebilo, said it’s difficult to access customary land because private investors are skeptical in investing on customary land.