Understanding Local Landowner Companies Associated with the Ok Tedi Mine, Western Province, Papua New Guinea

Anita Togolo

Event details

SSGM Seminar Series

Date & time

Tuesday 19 December 2017


Hedley Bull Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Anita Togolo


Hannah McMahon

Anita’s doctoral research aims to better understand the factors that determine the success and sustainability of local business development associated with extractive resource industry. These questions will be examined in the context of local landowner companies associated with the Ok Tedi mine, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Operations at Ok Tedi, an open pit copper, gold and silver mine, started in 1984. The mine is currently run by Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML), a Papua New Guinea state-owned company.

Support for local business development is one of a range of benefits mining companies invest in to fulfill their social responsibility to the host state and the impacted community. Other benefits include training, local employment, royalties, health and education initiatives. The geographical focus of this doctoral research will be limited to landowner companies in the Star Mountain Local Level Government (LLG) area of Western Province. Most of the business generated by the landowner companies are concentrated in Tabubil, the commercial and residential centre of Western Province.

There is currently little research that defines the characteristics of a successful and sustainable local landowner company associated with resource companies, and the relationship between them and resource companies. This research hopes to provide insights into the possibilities of local business development generating economic benefits to the impacted community beyond the life of the mine.

About the speaker
Anita started her PhD candidacy with SSGM in February 2014. She completed her BA in Anthropology and Japanese at James Cook University in 2007. In 2008 Anita graduated with BA First Class Honours (Development studies) from ANU. Her honours thesis tested out the long running debate among some neo-classical economists that customary land ownership and economic development are irreconcilable. The thesis focussed on matrilineal descent groups, participating in the production of export cocoa in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Between 2008 and 2012 Anita worked in Central Australia, predominantly in the community sector with at-risk Indigenous youth. In 2010 she was a remote-based Youth Development Officer for Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata (NPY) Women’s Council in Mutitjulu Community, Northern Territory (next to Uluru).

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