Economic Trivia

Papua New Guinea contains almost 155 billion cubic meters of natural gas reserves, providing for a huge export opportunity for the country.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2012): and Solomon Islands
Top 3 Exported Goods (2012): Precious Stones & Metals, Ores, and Fats & Oils

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Copra Crushing; Palm Oil Processing; Plywood Production; Wood Chip Production

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $21,412,378,018 (2014)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 8.534% (2014)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $2,761 (2014)
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GDP Country Rank 140/194 (2014)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 6.674% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $19,688,489,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 39.3% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) -1.441% (2014)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 5.99% (2012)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $5,689,616,248 (2015)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 3,724,093 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 72.34% (2000)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 3.64% (2000)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 22.68% (2000)
Unemployment Rate 2.532% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $7,485,533,590 (2012)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $7,982,866,986 (2012)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 78.332% (2014)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) ($39,578,308) (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $109,738,015 (2015)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Papua New Guinea’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank