Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is the largest of the ACP countries in the South Pacific. Despite its vast natural resources, including fisheries, gold and copper as well as petroleum and natural gas, and notwithstanding the positive growth since 2003, its overall record has been disappointing in terms of wealth redistribution and general improvement of social indicators. Likewise the provision of basic services has deteriorated significantly, making the country rank second lowest in the entire Asia-Pacific region. One of the major challenges remains to achieve sustainable growth at a level that may have a marked impact on poverty alleviation.
The Country Strategy Paper for Papua New Guinea (2008-2013) presents the strategic framework for EC co-operation with Papua New Guinea under the 10th EDF. Sustainable improvement of rural livelihoods, where the majority of the population lives, can only be achieved through increased level of economic activities in rural areas. EC support will therefore focus on enhancing access of rural communities to income generating activities and creating an enabling environment. The availability of skills and competencies are the necessary foundation for development in every economic sector. Therefore, EC assistance will also support human resource development, in particular basic and adult education and vocational training. In addition, support will be provided to non-state actors (NSAs) as well as for activities fostering good governance and trade-related growth.
The multi-annual indicative programme for Papua New Guinea under the 10th EDF allocates €142.3 million to address these priorities.
EC interventions in Papua New Guinea will pay particular attention to cross-cutting issues, such as gender equality and responsible resources management as well as HIV/AIDS.
The Country Strategy Paper for Papua New Guinea (2002-2007) under the 9th EDF adopted education, training and human resources development as well as rural water supply and sanitation as principal sectors for co-operation activities.
The 9th EDF Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (RWSSP) seeks to improve health and well-being of Papua New Guinea's rural population through decent water supply and sanitation. The €25 million programme is estimated to benefit 600 communities and 270,000 people living in rural areas. The second phase of the programme (RWSSP II) foresees an EC contribution of €17 million over four years and will benefit 450 communities and 225,000 people living in rural areas. Training of district and village level workers in water management, maintenance and preventive health/hygiene is an essential part of the programme that will contribute further to increasing its ownership and long-term sustainability.
For further details on projects and programmes in Papua New Guinea funded from the European Development Fund (EDF) and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea.
Other sources of information
More information on EU relations with Papua New Guinea is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea, which is responsible for co-operation activities in the country.
Information on trade relations in the ACP region can be found on the website of the Directorate-General for Trade.