Find Printing and Publishing expertise in Papua New Guinea
There are a number of printers producing newspapers, magazines, books and business material in Papua New Guinea and a considerable volume of commercial publishing occurs within the country. Parties involved include the PNG University of Technology, Lutheran Mission, Martin Luther Seminary, Kristen Press and the Divine Word University. The publishing history of the country is rich: the Government Printing Office has been active since 1888, while the earliest printed document in the country was published in 1875 by the London Missionary Society’s W.G. Lawes. The National Library of Australia holds a wealth of material that was published pre-1975 in Papua New Guinea, and is actively seeking to ensure that it maintains copies of all new published material. Situated in Port Moresby, Birdwing PNG comprises of Birdwing Publishing and Birdwing Books and predominately deals with local publishers and businesses.
Papua New Guinea is not listed on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competiveness Report 2012–13 for intellectual property protection. However, nearby country Thailand is place 101 out of 144 countries with a score of 3.1 out of 7.0 for intellectual property protection. Many of the other surrounding islands are not ranked on the list.
There are five main universities in Papua New Guinea, one of which is the University of Papua New Guinea. Due to the vast presence of educational institution in the country, there is great potential for a thriving publishing industry. The language in Papua New Guinea varies, with English constituting one of the national languages; there are around 800 individual languages.
The largest and oldest manufacturer and supplier of business forms and general printing solutions in the country is Moore Digital Imaging (MDI). Pacific Islands Publishing, a collaborative venture with MDI, published a glossy tourist guide to help promote the island, and in 2007 it also launched Niugini Blue, Papua New Guinea’s premier water sports magazine. Birdwing Printing, a subsidiary of Birdwing PNG, also offers a variety of printing services. Both the government and the missions continue to produce large quantities of printed items. Many government agencies are involved in the production and distribution of printed information. UPNG Press functions as Unisearch PNG, the commercial printing and publishing arm of the University of Papua New Guinea.