The 1st Regional Conference developed under the EPIC project was held by the University of Papua New Guinea (10th and 11th November 2015). The conference counted with the participation of the government, business community and academics. The Minister of Public Enterprises, the Minister of Planning and Monitoring and the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, as well as the leader of the opposition have actively participated in the discussions regarding renewable energy situation of the region and mainly in Papua New Guinea. Many business representatives presented their projects as well as their concerns and had the opportunity to debate them not only with the researchers, but also with the government representatives.
Taking advantage of this conference, UPNG is planning to organize it yearly (initiative from the Centre of Renewable Energy - CORE - created within the EPIC project ) with the aim of getting together representatives of the government, business community and university in order to discuss periodically the challenges and opportunities of renewable energy sources within the area.