Papua New Guinea

EITI Status Meaningful progress
Joined EITI in 2014
Latest Data From 2017
Latest Validation 2018
Last updated 29 January 2020


Papua New Guinea is a significant producer of gold, copper, nickel, silver, cobalt, oil and gas. The country ranks in the top 20 world gold and copper producers, with Lihir, Ok Tedi and Porgera the largest industrial gold mines. Small-scale alluvial mining employs around 80,000 people. Crude oil production is modest by global standards and declining due to maturing oil fields. Oil is slowly being replaced by natural gas production. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) production started in 2014, as the PNG LNG project came on-line. Social conflicts have centered on the environmental impacts of mining, state participation in extractive industries and inter-ethnic tensions. Another major issue that the EITI in PNG seeks to address is the lack of clarity in the process of paying landowners their shares from extractive operations.

Perception of corruption and fiscal instability also beset the country. PNG continues to suffer from fiscal woes brought about by lower revenue receipts caused by the slump in oil prices. In 2016, the growth of PNG’s economy slowed to only 2% as the PNG LNG project reached capacity and oil production declined. The economy grew by 3% in 2017, although it slowed significantly in 2018 with a negative growth rate of 0.6%. However, the medium-term economic outlook for PNG remains positive, with foreign investments in the pipeline. The forectas for 2019 and 2020 show 4.8% and 2.1% growth rates respectively, according to the Asian Development Bank.

The EITI is improving inter-ministerial policy coordination, serving as a platform for discussions between industry and government as well as building trust with civil society. It is also shedding light on revenue sharing mechanisms at the subnational level. 

Extractive industries contribution

  • 29 %
    to GDP
  • 89 %
    to export
  • NA
    to employment
  • 10.1 %
    to government revenue

Beneficial ownership disclosure

Currently, Papua New Guinea does not have a publicly available register of company owners. The government also does not require extractive companies to disclose their beneficial owners. However, the terms ‘beneficial owner’ and ‘politically exposed person’ are defined in the 2015 Anti-Money Laundering Act of PNG.

PNG EITI published its Beneficial ownership roadmap on 30 December 2016. The roadmap contains a good overview of currently available information and laws on beneficial ownership in PNG, highlighting the need to include beneficial ownership disclosure in the government's national priorities. Among the identified objectives for beneficial ownership disclosure in PNG are mitigating the risks of financial misconduct and improving PNG's investment climate. PNG aims to explore the possibility of including beneficial ownership disclosures in existing license application processes with the Mineral Resource Authority (MRA) or the Department of Petroleum and Energy (DPE) or in company registration processes with the Investments Promotion Authority (IPA). The roadmap includes activities aimed at disclosing the real owners of landowner companies who represent certain geographic areas within an extractive project. It also includes plans to embed disclosure requirements in existing legislation.

A Scoping Study on Beneficial Ownership was also published in March 2017. The study provided 33 recommendations in 9 salient areas to address the key gaps/barriers that would affect full compliance with the EITI standard’s requirements on beneficial ownership. The areas of recommendation include:

  • Consideration of the links between Beneficial Ownership and National Reform priorities
  • Consideration of the Institutional Framework for Beneficial Ownership disclosure
  • Determine a definition of Beneficial Ownership in the PNG context
  • Reporting obligation for Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)
  • Consideration of level of detail to be disclosed
  • Data collection procedures
  • Assuring the accuracy of the data
  • Data timeliness
  • Data accessibility

In 2019, two reports were published that track progress with the implementing the BO roadmap: PNGEITI BO Disclosure – Pilot Phase and PNGEITI BO Roadmap Implementation Manager completion report – phase 2.

Progress on beneficial ownership disclosure are documented on PNG EITI's webpage. 

The EITI process continues to be a platform for dialogue related to the extractive industries. It has also continued to be a valuable mechanism by which gaps in existing government systems are identified, and recommendations of stakeholders are elevated by policymakers to improve the governance of the sector in the country.
Lucas Alkan, Head of PNGEITI National Secretariat


Papua New Guinea is a significant producer of gold, copper, nickel and gas. The country also produces crude oil, cobalt and silver.

The PNG LNG project started producing liquefied natural gas starting in April 2014. The project with an initial investment of  USD 19 billion is expected to produce 6.9 million tonnes of LNG per year. Currently, there are five principal oil fields in the country.

Natural resources

Oil175.2million barrelsPNG ranks 99th of 103 countries with proven crude oil reserves.
Gas155.3billion Sm3PNG is ranked 48th in terms of proven natural gas reserves.
Gold29million ounces
Amidst this period of economic transition, our Government remains steadfast in supporting important initiatives such as the EITI to safeguard our revenues and strengthen the foundation for continued economic growth
Hon. Charles Abel MP, Minister for Finance & Rural Development

Revenue collection

Figures sourced from the 2018 EITI Report indicate that the extractive sector contributed to 10.1% of government revenues in 2018, which is an increase from 2017 (7%) and three times higher than in 2016. Revenues were mainly collected through group tax, equity distributions, dividends and royalties. Royalties in oil and gas are paid to the Department of Petroleum and Energy, while those for mining are paid to a combination of subnational governments, landowner groups and the Mineral Resources Authority.

Clarifying the flow of revenues through central and subnational governments was one of the government’s priorities in implementing the EITI. Subnational governments are entitled to receive shares of at least four revenue streams, although they can also negotiate additional revenues on a case by case basis. Mining companies pay such levies directly to subnational governments, while oil and gas payments to subnational government are collected by the central government before being transferred onwards.

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Revenue allocation

Subnational governments and landowner groups receive the 2% royalties for both mining and petroleum. Previous EITI Reports explained that only two extractive industry revenue streams are recorded in the budget (corporate income tax as well as dividends) while others (royalties, license fees, production levies, dividends from NPCP, sales of commodities and project equity) are recorded in various places such as trust accounts and annual financial reports of relevant entities.

Social and economic contribution

The extractive industries make a significant contribution to the economy of PNG, most notably to exports, but also to GDP, government revenue and employment. There are also other broader impacts such as stimulating infrastructure development.

In 2018, the extractives sector accounted for 89%  of PNG’s total export value. It also comprised 29% of PNG’s GDP.

According to the 2018 EITI Report, the extractive industries have been important to the growth of formal employment in PNG. Large mines such as Ok Tedi employ 1,624 staff, and mine development contracts may require mining companies to employ local staff. The PNG LNG project provided a significant number of jobs during its construction (peaking at 21,200 in 2012). As of December 2018, more than 3,236 workers were engaged in production-related roles in the PNG LNG project, of which over 2,770, or 86%, were PNG citizens. This is an increase of some 700 workers compared to 2017, because of contractors appointed to assist with earthquake recovery efforts. 

Policy recommendations and reforms

The 2017 PNG EITI Report, published in December 2018 recommended measures to address challenges in the transparency of sub-national payments and beneficial ownership disclosure. Other recommendations focus on increasing data availability through PNG government web portals for licence allocation and production data, improving the comprehensiveness of revenue data and improving data quality.

PNG has adopted a systematic way of implementing recommendations through a directive issued by the National Executive Committee requiring relevant agencies to act on these recommendations. 


The EITI encourages multi-stakeholder groups to explore innovative approaches to make the EITI more relevant and useful.

  • The 2016 EITI Report provides an overview of the significant informal mining sector in PNG, particularly artisanal and small-scale mining.
  • Details of oil and gas licenses were disclosed through the EITI Report for the first time, supplying gaps in the petroleum license registry.
  • Information on the public listings of all extractive industry operators in PNG is provided in the first EITI Report.
  • The MSG commissioned a scoping study on the possibility of implementing the EITI Standard to subnational governments and landowner associations


The latest PNG EITI work plan was published in August 2018. EITI implementation in the country aims to show the direct and indirect contribution of extractive industries to the PNG economy, improve public understanding in the management of extractive industries, strengthen revenue generation and collection system of government, and engage stakeholders to address challenges in the extractive industries. The first PNG EITI Report, covering 2013, was launched in March 2016. The latest EITI report covering 2017 was published in December 2018. 


The government’s National Executive Council passed Decision 90/2013 in March 2013, expressing its unequivocal commitment to implement the EITI. An interim Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) was formed in 2012 and a permanent MSG was appointed in November 2013. Currently, the MSG is composed of 30 members, with 15 representatives from the government, eight from civil society, and seven industry representatives. Treasury Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel currently leads EITI implementation in the country. Mr Manu Momo, Deputy Secretary for Treasury, serves as Chair of the MSG and the PNG-EITI National Coordinator is Mr Lucas Alkan. 



On 30 October 2018, Papua New Guinea was found to have made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard. See Board decision. Papua New Guinea's Validation against the Standard commenced on 1 April 2018. The country was admitted as EITI candidate in 2014.

Papua New Guinea's second Validation will commence on 30th April 2020. 

Papua New Guinea's progress by requirement

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