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.
KIK also would like to encourage its stockholders and stakeholders to also embrace these core values so they become the coconut industry’s shared values in the conduct of their roles in developing the coconut industry in PNG.
These values are;
Integrity, stewardship, service, respect, teamwork, innovation, and environmentally accountable in the discharge of its mandate.
The Kokonas Indastri Koporesen (KIK) of PNG is a statutory regulatory institution for the coconut industry in PNG and is the fourth most significant agriculture cash crop in terms of its economic importance to PNG. According to the most recent national census figures, a total of 464,328 households (35% of the total households in PNG or an estimated 2.6 million people) are engaged in coconut activities in PNG to either generate income and/or as food to supplement their livelihoods. From this sum, 134,655 (29%) were engaged in cash generating activities whilst 329,673 (71%) were engaged for their own use. The latter reflects the importance of the coconut as a food item throughout the country, from the coastal regions where it is predominantly grown to the highlands of PNG where it has become an important food item in the daily diets. On average, the industry contributes over K126.5 million per year to the PNG economy through the export revenue it generates. The KIK estimates that over 70% of this is usually transmitted directly to copra producers.
The coconut industry played a significant part in the colonial days and in the lead up to independence in terms of its contribution to the national economy in generating revenue and providing employment for a colony contemplating self-government and eventual independence. As other cash crops grew in economic importance and the mineral sector boomed the coconut industry has been displaced in economic importance but has maintained its social importance as a ‘must use’ ingredient in every PNG families’ food preparation and will remain so for many years to come.
The KIK head office is located in Port Moresby in the National Capital District. There are three regional offices, and these are located in Port Moresby, Kokopo and Madang.
The KIK head office is located in Port Moresby in the National Capital District. There are three regional offices located in Kokopo, Buka, and Madang. Collectively, these offices assist KIK to fulfil its mandated functions which are to:
- Control and regulate the production, processing, marketing and export of coconut products;
- Promote the investment in – and consumption and export of – coconut products;
- By itself or in co-operation with other persons or bodies, to promote or engage in research and development programmes for the benefit of the coconut industry;
- Promote or engage in downstream processing of coconut products by itself or in co-operation with other persons or bodies for the benefit of the coconut industry;
- Engage in extension services and related programmes by itself or in co-operation with other persons or bodies for the benefit of the coconut industry
- Compile statistical data on production, imports and exports of coconut products and to be familiar with production trends throughout the country, provinces and internationally;
- Grant licenses and registrations;
- Keep a register of licenses and registrations;
- Formulate a register of coconut products grading systems for each of the coconut products;
- When required by the Minister, to act as an agent for, and to carry out the obligations of the State in international forums or agreements relating to coconut or coconut products; and
- Provide policy advice to the Government concerning coconut industry matters.
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 Kauilo
Managing Director KIK
Secretary – Department of Agriculture and Livestock
Ex Officio Members
Secretary – Department of Treasury
Ex Officio Member