Unlocking Opportunities: Insights from PNG CORE’s Industrial Wind-Down Media Function

By: PNG Business News April 02, 2024

The Papua New Guinea Chamber of Resources and Energy (PNG CORE) recently hosted an Industrial Wind-Down Media Function, providing a pivotal networking platform for the resources sector.

Held in Port Moresby on March 22nd, the event attracted nearly 100 attendees, comprising members, stakeholders, and media representatives, facilitating strategic collaboration and offering insights into the industry's future.

Designed to foster dialogue among stakeholders and members within PNG's mineral, petroleum, and energy sectors, the event centered around the theme of "Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate."

Attendees engaged in hours of networking, participated in information sessions led by the PNG CORE Communications Committee, witnessed the official launch of PNG CORE’s 2024 Events Calendar, and celebrated member achievements.

Networking emerged as a central theme during the event, with a focus on its importance in identifying opportunities, sharing knowledge, accessing resources, and building brands.

The media's role in shaping public opinion and facilitating decision-making between the resource and government sectors was highlighted, underscoring the need for informative and independent reporting.

This event gave the media professionals the chance to network, plan coverage, uncover in-depth stories, and engage audiences with timely content.

In his opening address, PNG CORE Senior Vice President Richard Kassman emphasized the significance of exploring additional opportunities within the resources sector and its role in facilitating knowledge exchange and networking.

Mr. Kassman urged media professionals to prioritize factual reporting, without political bias and emphasized the importance of promoting educated discourse among Papua New Guineans.

“This is a very important topic, and I'm asking the media to look at the facts and allow our people and encourage the discourse in our people."

“We want to develop Papua New Guineas knowledge and not the knowledge you read about on social media. The people of Papua New Guinea rely on educated Papua New Guinean for information, insight and to have a discussion on their behalf,” Mr Kassman added.

Looking ahead, PNG CORE aims to continue its leadership in representing the mining and petroleum sectors, both locally and internationally.

As part of its mandate to promote PNG as an investment destination, the Chamber will collaborate with the media to amplify its efforts and enhance industry visibility.

The event served as a critical platform for discussing sector challenges and exploring PNG CORE's upcoming initiatives.

During the event, additional information about PNG CORE Council and its Committee was shared including the official announcement of PNG CORE 2024 Events Calendar, marking the Industrial Wind Down as their second significant event.

PNG CORE Council and its Committee play a vital role in the industry. Eight committees provide oversight to the councils’ strategic activities to address various agendas and issues that affect the industries, one of which is the Communications Committee, which was recently revived.

The committee was reactivated this year as part of the chairman’s effort to foster closer working relationship between industries and members and external stakeholders, especially with the Chamber’s media partners.

There are issues affecting the nation’s industries, by which the committee will be providing guidance to Chamber’s council on possible ways to address those issues through the media.

Building on PNG CORE’ collaboration in the pasts, they are looking forward to the media’s support to assist with this effort.

PNG CORE is also tasked to promote PNG as an investment destination. The Chamber will be doing so predominantly in international events, extending invites to the media to come along and be part of the campaign in a collaborative effort.

Additionally, the 2024 Calendar of Events reflects PNG CORE's commitment to hosting diverse forums and conferences, including international engagements aimed at showcasing PNG's potential as an investment hub.

The 2024 Calendar of Events are as follows:

  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada from March 3-6 in Canada 
  • Industrial Wind Down March 22 -  Port Moresby
  • Security Summit April 26 - Port Moresby
  • Resource Week – Canconex, Career Fair, HR Forum- July 1-4 Port Moresby
  • Annual General Meeting July - Port Moresby
  • Emergency Response Challenge (ERC), September - Port Moresby
  • PNG Resources and Energy Investment Conference, December 8-11 - Sydney, Australia

Looking ahead, PNG CORE aims to continue its leadership in representing the mining and petroleum sectors, both locally and internationally.

As part of its mandate to promote PNG as an investment destination, the Chamber will collaborate with the media to amplify its efforts and enhance industry visibility.

The successful event showcased PNG CORE’s lead in representation of the mining and petroleum sectors, including related industries in PNG, highlighting its innovation and collaboration in hosting both international and local conferences, workshops and seminars and producing publications relevant to the industry.

“The collaboration between the resources sector and the media is essential in driving national development and shaping the future of Papua New Guinea. Both entities play integral roles as nation builders, contributing to the economic growth and prosperity of the country,” Mr Kassman said.


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