Papua New Guinea: Economy

Growth at 2.0% in 2016 was considerably lower than in previous years and came largely from mineral resources. The economy is expected to grow by 2.5% in 2017 and, with the hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting, by 2.8% in 2018. While the short-term outlook skews to the downside, the medium-term outlook remains positive thanks to foreign investments in the pipeline. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2017


Economic forecasts for Pacific countries

Country 2017f 2018f
Cook Islands 5.0 5.0
Fiji 3.5 4.0
Kiribati 2.0 1.5
Marshall Islands 4.0 2.5
Micronesia, Federated States of 2.5 2.5
Nauru 4.3 –4.5
Palau 3.0 5.5
Papua New Guinea 2.5 2.8
Samoa 2.0 1.5
Solomon Islands 3.0 2.8
Timor-Leste 4.0 6.0
Tonga 2.6 2.6
Tuvalu 3.0 3.0
Vanuatu 4.3 3.8
Average 2.9 3.3
Country 2017f 2018f
Cook Islands 0.5 1.2
Fiji 2.5 2.5
Kiribati 2.0 2.0
Marshall Islands 1.5 1.5
Micronesia, Federated States of 1.5 2.0
Nauru 5.7 1.8
Palau 1.5 2.0
Papua New Guinea 7.5 7.5
Samoa 2.0 2.0
Solomon Islands 1.8 2.2
Timor-Leste 1.2 3.0
Tonga 2.5 2.5
Tuvalu 2.0 2.0
Vanuatu 2.4 2.6
Average 5.2 5.4
Country 2017f 2018f
Cook Islands 24.5 21.0
Fiji 3.5 3.0
Kiribati –2.4 –1.5
Marshall Islands 4.0 4.5
Micronesia, Federated States of 4.5 4.5
Nauru ... ...
Palau –12.5 –15.0
Papua New Guinea 7.7 6.7
Samoa –4.9 –2.8
Solomon Islands –8.3 –10.7
Timor-Leste –12.2 –40.2
Tonga –7.7 –11.9
Tuvalu –20.8 –25.4
Vanuatu –17.7 –15.0
Average 3.0 –0.5

… = no data available, f = forecast number.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2017