Papua New Guinea: Reflecting on 40 years of independence
Yet the country still faces corruption in government and an economy struggling to gain international traction, plagued from problems in its domestic infrastructure.
The Wire's Kayla Dickeson spoke with Dean Forbes, Professor of International Studies at Flinders University, who lived and worked in Papua New Guinea in the lead up to its gaining independence.
Today marks 40 years since Papua New Guinea’s independence from Australia. A relatively peaceful transition to independence helped the new democracy.