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Government
Country name :- conventional long form : Independent State of Papua New Guinea conventional short form : Papua New Guinea abbreviation : PNG
Data code : PP
Government type : parliamentary democracy
National capital : Port Moresby
Independence : 16 Septembetr 1975 (from the Australian-administered UN trusteeship)
National holiday : Independence Day, 16 September (1975)
Legal system : based on English common law
Suffrage : 18 years of age; universal
Judicial branch : Supreme Court, the chief justice is appointed by the governor general on the proposal of the National Executive Council after consultation with the minister responsible for justice, other judges are appointed by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission
Flag description : divided diagonally from upper hoist-side corner; the upper triangle is red with a soaring yellow bird of paradise centered; the lower triangle is black with five white five-pointed stars of the Southern Cross constellation centered
Economy
GDP : purchasing power parity $11.6 billion (1996 est.)
GDP - real growth rate : 2.3% (1996 est.)
GDP - per capita : purchasing power parity $2,650 (1996 est.)
GDP - composition by sector :-
agriculture :26.4%
industry :41%
services : 32.6% (1996 est.)
Inflation rate - consumer price index : 11.6% (1996)
Labor force :-
total : 1.941 million
by occupation : agriculture 64% (1993 est.)
note : extensive export of labor, mostly to the Middle East, and use of child labor
Unemployment rate : NA%
Budget :- revenues : $1.5 billion
expenditures :$1.35 billion, including capital expenditures of $NA (1997 est.)
Industries : copra crushing, palm oil processing, plywood production, wood chip production; mining of gold, silver, and copper; crude oil production; construction, tourism
Industrial production growth rate : NA%
Agriculture - products : coffee, cocoa, coconuts, palm kernels, tea, rubber, sweet potatoes, fruit, vegetables; poultry, pork
Exports :-
total value : $2.5 billion (f.o.b., 1996)
commodities :gold, copper ore, oil, logs, coffee, palm oil, cocoa, lobster partners : Australia, Japan, Germany, UK, South Korea
Imports :-
total value : $1.7 billion (c.i.f., 1996)
commodities : machinery and transport equipment, manufactured goods, food, fuels, chemicals
partners : Australia, US, Singapore, Japan, UK
Debt - external : $3.2 billion (1995)
Communications
Telephones : 63,212 (1986 est.)
Telephone system :-
domestic : mostly radiotelephone
international : submarine cables to Australia and Guam; satellite earth station 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean); international radio communication service
Radio broadcast stations : AM 31, FM 2, shortwave 0
Radios : 298,000 (1992 est.)
Televisions : 10,000 (1992 est.)


Transportation
Railways : 0 km (total)
Highways : total : 19,600 km (total)
Waterways : 10,940 km
Merchant marine :- total : 17 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 32,859 GRT/45,270 DWT ships by type : bulk 2, cargo 4, chemical tanker 1, combination ore/oil 5, container 1, oil tanker 2, roll-on/roll-off 2 (1997 est.)
Ports and harbors : Kieta, Lae, Madang, Port Moresby, Rabaul
Text source:
Most details quoted from CIA World Factbook.
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