The PNG NRI Council, in 2016, resolved to develop the Institute's Waigani Campus into the PNG Knowledge Hub. The Council made this strategic decision motivated by successes during the ten-year period, starting in 2005, under the leadership of Dr Thomas Webster as Director and late Sir Henry Chow as Chairman.

Prior to 2005, the PNG NRI was an academic institution where the different research interests of academics dominated the research agenda. Over the ten-year period since 2005, the Institute has shifted focus towards becoming a public policy think tank. With this new strategic direction, the Institute aims to take its place among the leading think tanks within the Asia-Pacific region. Its Mission, however, is to promote research and policies that enhance the welfare of Papua New Guineans.

The Institute seeks to move towards achieving its vision and mission through a set of five-year corporate plans. The 2017 annual work plan marks the second year of the 2016-2020 corporate plan. PNG NRI has a strategic implementation framework that connects each annual work plan to the corporate plan. Through this process, we aim to remain focused and ensure our work addresses PNG’s long-term development challenges.

The Knowledge Hub has seven (7) components: