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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.
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In brief: Australia aims to build undersea cables to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, and other business stories

Australia undermines Chinese bid to build undersea cables, gas-fired power project approved by NEC, and Frieda River gold project to start in 2019. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.
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Timor-Leste open to investment in oil, gas, tourism, agriculture and fisheries, says Ambassador

With its longstanding dispute with Australia over the Timor Sea resolved, neighbouring Timor-Leste looks set to expand its petroleum and mineral industries. Meanwhile, its government is actively seeking investors in agriculture and fisheries, tourism and services, according to Abel Guterres, Timor-Leste Ambassador to Australia.
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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.
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