Who We Are

The Kokonas Indastri Koporesen (KIK) is the statutory regulatory institution for the coconut industry in Papua New Guinea. Established by the Kokonas Indastri Koporesen Act 2002 (KIK Act 2002), it replaced the Copra Marketing Board (CMB) of PNG that controlled all copra trading from 1957 to 2002. The KIK Act 2002 enabled the deregulation of copra marketing and promotion of downstream processing of other higher valued coconut products in PNG. The deregulation of copra marketing allowed for more private buyers and exporters to enter the market thus providing more competition and relatively better prices than the CMB of the past.

KIK launched its Coconut Industry Strategic Plan 2016 – 2025 on Coconut Day – September 2, 2016. This strategic plan which is in line with National Government reforms on agriculture, will inform the structure and function of KIK in regulating the coconut industry as it expands from its traditional copra focus to a broader, high value coconut downstream focusing emphasis. A significant part of the way forward is the subsuming of the coconut research and development, and extension services into KIK to sharpen and drive the new emphasis.

Entrepreneurial, prosperous, and healthy communities; a dynamic, innovative and sustainable coconut industry.

Improve productivity, production, product quality and market access of coconut products. These will be achieved through innovative research, extension services, entrepreneurial empowerment, supportive policies and regulations, and the effective utilization of information with adequate, competent, motivated and continuously learning staff and other stakeholders along the value chain, working in effective and efficient partnerships

Statutory Regulatory Institution for Coconut Industry in Papua New Guinea

Mr Kili Tambua,


Mr Kili Tambua, currently Bank of South Pacific Deputy General Manager - Retail Bank PNG, is a highly decorated and competent, no nonsense banker who has worked his way up from humble beginnings in 1991 with PNG Banking Corporation to his current. From probationer, he has worked in different areas of banking in different locations while climbing up the corporate ranks with an impressive track-record of achievements. He managed to augment this career with successful studies for a Diploma in Bu}

Mr Steven Raphael,


Mr Steven Raphael, currently employed as a senior executive of New Britain Palm Oil Limited, is a lawyer by profession whose expertise in defence and security laws in PNG is among – if not – the best in Papua New Guinea.  He is a very highly experienced executive bureaucrat having served as provincial administrator for West New Britain, Director-General of the National Security Advisory Council linked to the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council, Acting&}

Dr Ponciano Batugal


Dr Ponciano Batugal, a highly respected agricultural expert from and in the Philippines has extensive experience in various segments of the coconut industry and agriculture commodities. He holds a doctorate in agricultural scientific research field of plant physiology from the University of Carliifornia. He is one of the first board members recruited from overseas by a PNG agriculture commodities and agencies. Dr Batugal’s agriculture science and research background in&}

Dr. James Vele Kaiulo


Ex Officio - Managing Director Kokonas Indastri Koporesen

Secretary – Department of Agriculture and Livestock


Ex Officio Members

Secretary – Department of Treasury


Ex Officio  Member