THE NEW TIMBER BARONS (2022)
This briefing paper looks at the web of connections between the companies responsible for the largest volume of logging in Papua New Guinea. It reveals that, between 2019 and 2021, just ten groups of companies were responsible for nearly 70% of round log exports. Together, these ten groups shipped off a staggering 6.5 million m3 of round logs over that time – enough logs to fill over 85,000 large shipping containers. Each of these groups appears to be strongly linked to Malaysia, either through direct links to Sarawak-based logging and palm oil conglomerates or other Malaysian individuals and business interests.