PNG Mineral Boom: Harnessing the Extractive Sector to Deliver Better Health Outcomes

Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 2

39 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2011 Last revised: 19 Jul 2012

Jane Thomason

University of Queensland Australia

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

International experience has shown that mining and resources sector participation in Public‐Private-Partnerships (PPPs) can realise substantial health benefits not only for the company involved but also for its public sector partners and communities. This paper summarises international experience, and presents examples of mining and resource sector participation in health care in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The extractive industries in PNG are already actively involved in health service delivery and improving health conditions in the area within which they operate. With the prospect of major economic growth in PNG comes an opportunity to further systematise and expand on the application of industry expertise to creating lasting development in the PNG health sector for the benefit of the private sector, the government and the community alike. The paper also discusses some of the challenges in further harnessing the private sector as a partner in PNG development, including i) barriers to collaboration; ii) engaging with extractive industry partners; and iii) developing relationships and trust.

Keywords: Mining, Resources, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Health

JEL Classification: I10, I18, L33, L70, O10

Suggested Citation

Thomason, Jane, PNG Mineral Boom: Harnessing the Extractive Sector to Deliver Better Health Outcomes (January 1, 2011). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 2 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1919304 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1919304

Jane Thomason (Contact Author)

University of Queensland Australia ( email )

Australia

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