The Director of global security firm Paladin has said that PNG could become a world leader within the industry by adopting an innovative community-focused approach for new and existing projects.

Speaking at the PNG Security Congress in Port Moresby yesterday (05/03/19), Paladin Director Ian Stewart said when it comes to security, prevention is always better than the cure.

“My experience has taught me that to be successful in this industry, you need to work in partnership with the communities in which you operate. This helps ensure that everyone can meet their basic needs – to have a job, a home and opportunities for their children.

“At Paladin, we believe security is more than guns, guards and gates. By doing the right thing and reinforcing traditional values you can create a more efficient security model,” Mr Stewart said.

A highly experienced global security expert, Mr Stewart has worked in some of the most high-risk challenging environments including the Congo and the Middle East.

He believes that PNG’s indigenous population and family and clan relationships are a source of strength for the country and is calling for the introduction of a minimum indigenous local employment standard.

“Our number one priority is always ensuring the safety, security and wellbeing of our staff, the communities in which we operate and the people in our care.

“We want our approach to lead global security best practice and have PNG at the forefront of innovation which means benefits for everyone,” Mr Stewart said.

View Mr Stewart’s speech and presentation:
Speech: Security Industry Growth: PNG as an innovation hub (pdf)
Powerpoint: Security Industry Growth: PNG as an innovation hub (pdf)