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The PNG Industrial & Mining Resources Exhibition and Conference will debut under new ownership in 2024. Safe to Work takes a look at what attendees can expect.

The mining industry is one of the main pillars of economic growth in Papua New Guinea.

In particular, Papua New Guinea has a storied gold and copper mining history harking back to the early 1900s, but as the resources industry evolved, so too did the types of commodities mined in the Pacific nation.

Now, vast quantities of gold, copper, silver, nickel, and oil and gas can be found in Papua New Guinea, making the country a prolific mining centre.

The PNG Industrial & Mining Resources Exhibition and Conference (PNG Expo) will celebrate everything the country’s resources industry has to offer when it opens its doors in Port Moresby this year.

Held from July 3–4, the PNG Expo now sits under the Prime Creative Media banner. The event will bring together the industrial, mining and resources industries into a single location to create a marketplace where business is done.

The two-day exhibition will feature over 100 displays of equipment and stands, while the conference will showcase experts from across the mining and resources sector presenting on challenges and opportunities for the local industry.

“We have received really positive feedback from the industry so far,” show director Lauren Chartres said. “We’re excited to see this event moving to a new phase of development and bringing additional value to the Papua New Guinea resources sector.”

Leaders in delivering productivity solutions will be exhibiting at the event to present their innovative technology, showcasing how they can benefit the Papua New Guinea mining industry.

“We know productivity and efficiency is a huge driver of future success in Papua New Guinea,” Chartres said. “We can’t wait to see the solutions that are available being demonstrated at the event in July.”

Experts from the mining and resources sector will be attending the conference presenting on crucial topics for the local industry.

The event is an opportunity to hear from landowners, as well as government, mining, energy, petroleum and infrastructure representative on topics of productivity, safety, sustainability, and innovation in technology and equipment.

Sustainability will be a particular focus at the PNG Expo, as the conference aims to help pave the way for businesses committed to driving positive change.

“The PNG Expo will be the platform to engage and drive transformative changes towards a sustainable future,” Chartres said. “Our mission is to equip the industry with the right tools.”

Prime Creative Media chief executive officer John Murphy travelled to Papua New Guinea in October 2023 to meet with government delegates and the heads of top mining companies in the country to chat about the event and to launch the official publication of the conference, PNG Mining.

“It was great to connect with industry leaders and officials to launch PNG Mining,” he said. “We had great feedback from these meetings and are looking forward to working closely together in the future.

“This publication and event will be a champion for the entire Papua New Guinea resources sector, so it was important that we meet with professionals and decision-makers from across the local industry.”

This feature also appears in the March-April issue of Safe to Work.

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