Articles by David James

New ports manager outlines its plan for Lae and Motukea Island

Conducting stevedoring transactions in US dollars instead of kina is an opportunity to get in much-needed foreign exchange, according to Ted Muttiah, Director, Asia Pacific, for ICTSI South Pacific. He tells Business Advantage PNG the company, which has been appointed to manage new ports at Motukea and Lae, is aiming high.

IMF report says Papua New Guinea Government taking initiative but challenges remain considerable

A report on the state of the Papua New Guinea economy by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the Government has taken some ‘bold steps’ in its economic management. But it contends that the challenges are considerable and would be best managed with an ‘active’ approach to macroeconomic management.

APEC planning on track says CEO

Chris Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer of the APEC PNG Co-ordination Authority believes sceptics about Papua New Guinea’s ability to host APEC will be proven wrong. The policy areas that will be emphasized are improving connectivity, creating sustainable and inclusive growth, and implementing structural reform.

Frieda River MD announces ambitious rethink on project

The Managing Director of PanAust, Fred Hess, has announced a rethink on the company’s proposed Frieda River mine project. ‘It is no longer just a mining project’—it is a development project for the Sandaun and Sepik provinces, he told the Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Conference in Port Moresby. 

MRA executive calls for better protection of mining tenements in Papua New Guinea

The next decade could be a ‘golden’ one for the mining sector, believes Roger Gunson, Executive Manager, Regulatory Operations at the Mineral Resources Authority. But he has called for changes to Papua New Guinea’s government policy to better protect mining tenements.

Mastercard talks smart chip technology in Papua New Guinea

Mastercard is working with its banking partners to introduce smart card chip technology and contactless payments to Papua New Guinea (PNG). Craig Kirkland, Director of Pacific Islands for Mastercard talks to Business Advantage PNG about this technology and why PNG is an important market for the company.

Papua New Guinea’s 2018 Budget signals a shift away from dependence on the resources sector

The Papua New Guinea government has handed down its 2018 Budget. It indicates that the government is looking to focus more on the non-mining sectors of the economy.

O’Neill tells Papua New Guinea resources sector there will be no new taxes

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, told the PNG Mining and Petroleum Conference yesterday that there would be no new taxes for the resources sector. Meanwhile, presentations by the major industry players suggest the next 12 months will be critical in determining the future growth of the sector.

Oil and gas prices strong: a monthly review of Papua New Guinea’s commodities and financial markets

Oil and gas prices are up and copper is also strong. Business Advantage PNG’s monthly review of Papua New Guinea commodities and financial markets comes to you from this week’s PNG Mining and Petroleum Conference in Port Moresby.

Australian government commits to building an undersea telco cable to Port Moresby

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O’Neill have announced they will be working together to lay a new undersea high speed telecommunications cable from Australia to Port Moresby. The move is expected to contribute to closer economic integration between the two neighbouring countries.