The Chamber is involved in a wide range of programs and projects focussed on – legislation, taxation and government policy; community development; community affairs; landowner business development; public relations; education; and member support.  This is in addition to the Chamber’s substantial workshop and conference program.

Over the last two years, the Chamber has been involved extensively with the review of the mining legislation.  This has involved numerous consultation meetings with Government to work through and finalise six new mining Policies and the revised Mining Act and Regulations.

The Chamber and the Industry Working Group on the legislation have also prepared many submissions (confidential) over this time frame and the process is still ongoing.

In addition, the Chamber commissioned PwC to prepare four position papers to provide the State team with an independent analysis, in an international context, of four of the major proposed changes and provide the Government team with an understanding of the repercussions and the impacts of the changes. These Papers cover, Downstream Processing, State Equity Participation, Mining Townships and Exploration Licences.


Major reports and submissions prepared in recent years include:

September, 2013 Legislation/Policy Review of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC) Issues Paper 6: Review of the Environmental and Mining Laws Relating to Management and Disposal of Tailings, February 2013
October, 2013 Legislation/Policy Guidelines for Applying for a Special Mining Lease or Mining Lease in PNG (booklet)
March, 2014 Taxation/CommunityDevelopment Improving the Tax Credit Scheme (TCS) Guidelines and Project Delivery Including Recommendations for Improving the Resource Industry TCS (Pre-Budget Submission)
May, 2014 Taxation Submission to the Tax Review Committee on Mining and Petroleum Taxation in PNG
September, 2014 Legislation/Policy Review of the CLRC’s Draft Report, July 2014, on Issues Paper 6: Review of the Environmental and Mining Laws Relating to Management and Disposal of Tailings
November, 2014 Legislation Mining Act Review: Proposed Changes to PNG’s Exploration Licence Regulations (PwC)
February, 2015 Legislation Mining Act Review: Proposed Changes to PNG’s State Equity Participation Regime (PwC)
February, 2015 Legislation Mining Act Review: Analysis of the Likely Impact of Downstream Processing of Minerals in PNG (PwC)
February, 2015 Legislation Mining Act Review: Analysis of the Likely Impact of “Compulsory Townships” Amendment (PwC)
May, 2015 Landowner Business Development Report on Development and Current State of Landowner Businesses Associated with Resource Projects in PNG
2015 Landowner Business Development Guide to the Establishment and Support of Lancos at Resource Projects (in preparation)
2015 Community Affairs Revision of Chamber CA Manual (in preparation)
2015 Legislation/Policy Guidelines for Applying for Petroleum Licences (in preparation)


Major current education and public affairs programs include:


www.png.OresomeResources.comA bilingual education website A bilingual education website (English and Pidgin) about the minerals and energy sectors within PNG and beyond.  Includes a wide spectrum of ready-to-use educational resources for both teachers and students and can be navigated through browsing by topic, subject area or PNG curriculum year level.
Education “Tutudesks” A mobile desk for children in remote schools who do not have access to a desk in the classroom or at home.  A clip-on solar light allows night time use Sponsoring a trial of “Tutudesks” for some remote schools in PNG; each child in the school is given a desk.  (Based on the experience of the Desmond Tutu campaign in Africa which has supplied over 1million desks to children).
Education AusAID-Chamber tertiary education partnership implemented in collaboration with:i)     the University of Technology Department of Mining Engineering; and

ii)   the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Earth Sciences Division

The program is managed by the Chamber.  It aims to generate a marked improvement in the working environment and the job satisfaction of both staff and students in the two faculties leading to a better quality graduate.  This is achieved through a multi prong approach to improve the quality of the facilities and equipment, upgrading the overall quality of teaching and research, and increasing the interaction with overseas universities and industry.
Education “Earth Tok” – a geology text for general reference and a set text for first year Earth Science course.  Written by Prof Hugh Davies, UPNG and published by the Chamber A full colour text of international standard which is a major contribution to tertiary education, in particular to PNG geosciences.  It is the first of its kind, an international standard geology text written in PNG using PNG examples.
Education Sponsorship of UPNG Chair of Applied Geology For the Earth Sciences Department, University of PNG.  The only endowed chair in the country.
Education “What is Gold” booklet (new edition in preparation) An overview of the gold mining industry as it relates to PNG.  For upper secondary school, tertiary students and the general reader.
Education “What is Oil and Gas” booklet (in preparation) A comprehensive overview of the petroleum industry as it relates to PNG.  For upper secondary school, tertiary students and the general reader.
Public relations/ education Industry survey


Survey of major PNG resource companies to compile five years of key statistical data on projects/proposed projects (2010 – 2014).
Public relations/ education Bimonthly e-newsletter Chamber e-newsletter for members, government and the public.
Public relations/ education Eleven industry documentaries on the technical and social/community aspects of the PNG mining and petroleum industry

1:  Mining in PNG

2:  Petroleum in PNG

3:  Ok Tedi – PNG’s Oldest Operating Mine

4:  Porgera Mine – Going Strong after a Quarter Century

5:  Ramu Nickel – PNG’s First Nickel-Cobalt Producer

6:  PNG LNG Project

7:  Resource Sector Communities and National Development

8:  High Medical and Health Standards Achieved by Resource Companies

9:  Resource Sectors Role in Employment, Education and Training

10:       Chamber Women in Mining and Petroleum Program

11: Resource Development and Communities

Minerals and Energy Education – Powerpoints, Fact Sheets, Worksheets, Videos, Images Geology ● Rocks & minerals ● Exploration ● Mining ● Mineral processing ● Energy ● Gas ● LNG ● Environmental management Non-renewable energy



With global attention on women’s empowerment, resource companies are increasingly focusing their efforts on women as effective agents for change and community development.  Acknowledging the significant role that women play in the development of their families and communities, the Chamber has highlighted the urgent need to address the training needs of women in basic skills which will enable them to participate in a meaningful way in the benefits and opportunities provided by the resource developments taking place in their communities.

From August 2008 to June 2010, the Chamber managed the Women in Mining and Petroleum Project (WIMAP) entitled, “Self Reliance Programs for Women in Remote Mining Locations” that was funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) through the auspices of the World Bank.  This project, through a range of training and extension programs, improved the capacity of women’s associations in areas impacted by the various resource projects throughout the country and upgraded the skills of individual women.  The project involved six key programs:

  1. Adult literacy and numeracy training
  2. Life skills/income generation training
  3. Agriculture training/fish farming
  4. Village health volunteer training
  5. Governance and institutional capacity building of women’s groups and associations
  6. Family life improvement training

Following the success of this project, the Chamber established a permanent WIMAP program to provide advice and support for members on women’s organisations and on training programs that assist women in the footprint areas of mining and petroleum developments.

In 2011, the WIMAP team commenced a program for ExxonMobil to benefit the women in the extensive footprint of the PNGLNG project.  The first component of the project was aimed at providing economic empowerment for women in the LNG plant-site villages of Boera, Lea Lea, Porebada and Papa.  Further components have involved the women in the upstream part of the LNG project including the pipeline route.  This project will be completed in July, 2015.

In July 2013, the Chamber was successful in obtaining a second, much larger, four-year JSDF project which for the first time includes training for the women of Bougainville particularly those around Panguna.  The project, titled “Social and Economic Empowerment for Women in Mining and Petroleum Areas” is also managed through the World Bank.

 The key training programs for the second JSDF project include:

  1. Adult literacy and numeracy training
  2. Micro-business development training
  3. Capacity building training for adolescent girls
  4. Training for women in the artisanal mining sector

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