Moves to help Papua New Guinea Develop a Corporate Bond Market
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in co-operation with the Bank of Papua New Guinea and government and industry
representatives is helping Papua New Guinea develop a corporate debt market.
IFC has been working with a broad group of representatives in Papua New Guinea and has concluded that there was the
possibility of creating a functioning, albeit modest, corporate bond market in the country, subject to fixing gaps and
issues in the country’s legal and regulatory environment.
In a bid to further promote the creation of a corporate bond market, IFC has invited potential issuers, investors and
advisers as well as regulators to a forum today in the capital, Port Moresby.
“There is a relatively significant number of large investors in Papua New Guinea that are highly liquid, heavily
invested in government bonds and looking for opportunities to diversify their investments,” said IFC’s Resident
Representative for Papua New Guinea, John Vivian.
“At present many of these investors are making some investments in direct corporate loans. If there was a functioning
corporate bond market these investors would have the opportunity to take only a part of a company’s debt in a
standardized and transparent environment, sell it on at a fair price when necessary and invest in a wider range of
companies,” he said.
“There is equally a potential pool of issuers, who could consider issuances to diversify their sources of funding and
attract longer-term fixed priced sources of debt to fund their businesses and to facilitate asset-liability management.”
An initial report prepared by IFC says significant gaps in the regulatory environment would need to be addressed in
order to create a functioning corporate bond market.
“The intention of the forum is to walk through those gaps and potential solutions to the legal and regulatory
environment,” Vivian said. “By inviting potential issuers, investors, intermediaries, advisers, and regulators, everyone
has the opportunity to reach agreement on a path forward to encourage corporate issuances.”
The forum is part of IFC’s Capital Markets Development Project, supported by the Australian and New Zealand governments
under the Australia-New Zealand -IFC Papua New Guinea Partnership. The project is focused on developing both the
government bond market infrastructure and creating a corporate bond market.