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The issue with economists, Dr West explained, is that they see “money as a means of corruption” for a society “not ready for modernity.” Because of this bias, West found many entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea struggling to get bank loans to start up their businesses.

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Although the Papua New Guineans had PhDs, they were not seen as “capable” of handling the $100 million set aside for the fund. Luckily, this issue was taken to PNG’s parliament and resolved and the scientists of the island were able to allocate the funds properly.

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The idea of Papua New Guinea as an endless frontier is a dangerous myth that breeds gentrification. In reality, it is a vibrant culture with a strong government that just so happens to have its feet in both modernity and tradition.

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