Welcome to EPSP

The Economic & Public Sector Program (EPSP) works closely with the Government of Papua New Guinea to improve the governance of key agencies to better deliver essential services to the nation's men, women and children.  EPSP also works with the Provincial and Local-level Governments Program (PLGP) to ensure these services help drive the effective development of Australia’s closest neighbour.

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Papua New Guinea Country Brief

Bird Of Paradise - National FaunaPapua New Guinea (PNG) has a population of approximately 7.3 million. The PNG mainland and its six hundred islands have a total area of 463,000 square kilometres. Most people living in PNG are Melanesian, but some are Micronesian or Polynesian. PNG has over 800 known languages. English, Tok Pisin (Pidgin), and Hiri Motu (the lingua franca of the Papuan region) are the official languages.

The spectrum of PNG society now ranges from traditional village-based life, dependent on subsistence and small cash-crop agriculture, to modern urban life in the main cities of Port Moresby (capital), Lae, Madang, Wewak, Goroka, Mt Hagen, and Rabaul. Some 85 per cent of the population directly derive their livelihood from farming, and 15 per cent of the population live in urban areas. Population growth is estimated to be 3.1 per cent annually.

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