Agmark MD outlines recipe to repair Papua New Guinea’s cocoa industry

Papua New Guinea’s cocoa industry could be back to its 1970s levels if it had a strong cocoa grower-based Cocoa Board, more farmer training and increased investment. That is what John Nightingale, Managing Director of Agmark, told the country’s first-ever agricultural summit, held in Port Moresby last month.

O’Neill flags new initiatives to promote agriculture in Papua New Guinea

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his Agriculture Minister, Benny Allen, have promised to boost access to credit for agricultural projects, develop import substitution and strengthen agricultural institutions. They were addressing the country’s inaugural National Agriculture Summit in Port Moresby this week.

Local knowledge and ‘being there’ critical for business success in the Pacific region

Looking to invest successfully in the Pacific? There’s no substitute for understanding your market and its people, and for being on the ground. Three successful regional investors also outlined to the Business Investment PNG Conference which sectors have the most potential.

Key meetings to determine timeline for rebuilding Bougainville’s Panguna copper mine

Two key events before year’s end are likely to decide the timeline for the rebuilding of the Panguna copper mine on Bougainville Island. The Chairman of Bougainville Copper Limited, Rob Burns also tells Business Advantage PNG two board appointments last month (Oct) is part of the company’s strategic development.

Horizon Oil seeks assurance from Kumul Petroleum its Western Pipeline proposal is viable

As Horizon Oil awaits government and regulatory approval for their mid-sized Western LNG project, CEO Brent Emmett says it is considering using Kumul Petroleum’s alternative pipeline proposal, but wants assurances the pipeline is viable before committing.

Building a business in Papua New Guinea with little or no capital

While finance or access to capital is an issue for young entrepreneurs, you can build a business with little to no capital, says Roberta Morlin, founder and co-owner of KLM Consulting, which provides marketing research and technology consulting. But financial literacy is the key, adds Melbourne consultant, David Martin.

‘Prosperity diseases’ the next health challenge for Papua New Guinea

The next health care challenge for Papua New Guinea authorities are the afflictions of modern society, says Myles Neri, Group Medical Director of International SOS. They include heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Oil Search share sale represents a win for Papua New Guinea, says analyst

PNG Government-owned company Kumul Petroleum Holdings has sold its 10 per cent stake in Oil Search, with KPH Managing Director Wapu Sonk reportedly saying it lost A$322 million (K812 m) on the sale. However, stockmarket analyst David Lennox says overall the country has benefited from the process.

Increasing global battery demand will drive higher nickel & cobalt prices, predicts Highlands Pacific MD

As demand for electric cars gather pace, Papua New Guinea’s Ramu mine is perfectly placed to be a big provider of the nickel and cobalt, both essential ingredients for these hi-tech batteries. Craig Lennon, Managing Director of Highlands Pacific told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Sydney that both commodities are hot.

Frabelle continues expansion plans in Papua New Guinea fisheries sector

An expanded wharf, increased tuna output, boat replacements and a new blast freezer are part of tuna processor Frabelle’s development plans. But reducing costs is also important, as Frabelle’s Melinda Ragudos tells Business Advantage PNG.