Informal Sector in Port Moresby and Lae, Papua New Guinea: Activities and Government Response

By Philip Sawi Kavan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study explores informal sector activities in Port Moresby and Lae, Papua New Guinea (PNG). It explains the reasons for their rapid growth during the 1980s and 1990s and examines responses to the Informal Sector Development and Control Act 2004. It uses both qualitative and quantitative methodology including participant observation, semi-structured interviews, focus group interviews, unstructured interviews and questionnaire surveys. The study found that the uneducated had lower participation rates in the informal sector than school leavers. The main activities were selling of betel nut, lime, mustard, cigarette and store goods. The major recommendation is that the PNG Government reviews the Control Act to address concerns of the vendors and the residents of Port Moresby and Lae.

Keywords: Rural-Urban Migration, Unemployment, Informal Sector Activities, Control Act and Government Response

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.353-370. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 684.229KB).

Philip Sawi Kavan

Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Business and Government, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Philip Kavan is currently doing Doctoral program in Business Administration in the Faculty of Business and Government at the University of Canberra. Prior to beginning his doctoral study in 2008, Philip held various leadership and administrative positions in Church run institutions in Papua New Guinea. Philip holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Sociology, Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Cultural Anthropology, University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, Australian National University (ANU).


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