IMPORT substitution in its simplest formulation entails replacing imports with local substitutes. In PNG at the moment there is not much of this taking place.
PNG’s manufacturing sector is not advanced and does not have the technology to produce these imports domestically.
What is more baffling is the lack of attention given to agriculture by the government although it is clearly PNG’s biggest sector.
Over the years the government has established commodity boards yet it still gives scarce attention to agriculture.