Articles by David James

Excess kina liquidity may open up opportunities for local companies in Papua New Guinea

The lack of availability of foreign exchange is creating imbalances within the Papua New Guinea financial system, according to a report by Kina Securities. It says there is a build up of liquidity in kina, which may have implications for the financial strategies of domestic companies.

Kumul Telikom rolling out 4G network across Papua New Guinea, says Chairman

Kumul Telikom Chairman Mahesh Patel says the Papua New Guinea telco is close to rolling out its 4G services. He tells ‘Business Advantage Boardroom’, which aired on national broadcaster EMTV, that the merger of bmobile, DataCo and Telikom PNG is necessary to make the state- owned enterprise efficient and manage the technological challenges.

The Solomon Islands are ripe for growth, says the chair of its chamber of commerce and industry

The Solomon Islands’ economy grew by three and a half times between 2003 and 2016. In the first of a two part series, Business Advantage PNG looks at the challenges and opportunities facing the emerging nation.

PM O’Neill calls for greater intervention to strengthen Papua New Guinea industry

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has outlined a plan of greater government involvement in Papua New Guinea’s industrial development. In a speech to the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum & Trade Expo in Port Moresby O’Neill described the need both to broaden the industry base and to move some industries up the value chain.

Rhodes’ regional approach to servicing Papua New Guinea

Rhodes is a pre-fabricated buildings company focused on the Papua New Guinea market that has support operations in Australia, the Philippines and China. Managing Director Emanuel Papas outlines the strategy to Business Advantage PNG.

The PNG 100 CEO Survey 2017: Papua New Guinea’s chief executives growing in confidence

Business Advantage International’s PNG 100 CEO Survey of chief executives in Papua New Guinea’s biggest companies has found that many business leaders fell short of their profit expectations in 2016. But the mood remains cautiously optimistic.

How the Pacific’s three biggest banks approach the region: CEOs explain

The Pacific’s three biggest banks: Bank South Pacific, ANZ and Westpac have distinct approaches to the Pacific region. Their top executives outline their strategies to Business Advantage PNG. Bank South Pacific, Papua New Guinea’s biggest domestic bank, is looking to expand into the region. Chief Executive Robin Fleming says one market that is performing well is […]

Industry collaboration and government help crucial for Western Province gas, says Repsol chief

Cross-industry collaboration and help from the Papua New Guinea government are required to get the most out of the gas in Western Province, David Lester, Chief Office Representative for Repsol PNG tells Business Advantage PNG.

IPA signals crack down on foreign ownership rorts in Papua New Guinea

Concerns have arisen about the foreign ownership test in Papua New Guinea after the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) published advertisements indicating it will be taking a close look at what is happening. Observers see it as a sign of a tougher stance from the regulator.

In Brief: Election campaign period to last eight weeks, and other business stories

Electoral Commissioner says campaign period will last eight weeks, Ombudsman suspends release of development funds until after the election and cocoa production back to average levels before borer struck. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.