formulating a draft National Policy on Traditional Knowledge


The National Cultural Commission will be organising the 1st National Consultative Workshop on the Draft National Policy on Traditional Knowledge on Monday 25th May, 2009 at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.

The aim of this workshop is to solicit comments/views from stakeholders on the content of the current Drafts Framework for National Policy on Traditional Knowledge. It is expected that stakeholder comments and views will immensely contribute towards shaping of the current policy that will ensure that traditional knowledge will be protected, preserved and promoted for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Traditional knowledge is that body of knowledge which has been developed by indigenous people and local communities over millennia. It is a body of knowledge which sustains their lives over millennia and still does so today. As it is a crucial part of their lives and at the same time as important part of their heritage.

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in TK for various reasons which has led to its misuse and misappropriation including the use of TK for economic benefits, in case which the traditional knowledge holders/owners do not receive any benefits.

Therefore the National Cultural Commission hereby wishes to invite stakeholders organisations to participate at this important workshop on Monday from 8.30am to 1.30pm at the Gateway Hotel.

For further information please contact Ms. Ilikomau Ali, policy Analyst on Ph: 323 5111, M: 697 2218, E:

Approved by

Dr. Jacob L. Simet, OL

Executive Director