Interviews

Five questions about the Solomon Islands to the IFC’s Vsevolod Payevskiy

The Solomon Islands' economy has a rich resource base but faces many obstacles, according to Vsevolod (Seva) Payevskiy, Country Resident Representative for the International Finance Corporation. He tells Business Advantage PNG the best options for growth are agriculture, fisheries, mining and tourism.
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Five questions to economist Rohan Fox on Papua New Guinea’s exchange rates and APEC 2018

Papua New Guinea needs greater flexibility in the exchange rate, Rohan Fox, Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Papua New Guinea’s Division of Economics, explains to Business Advantage PNG. He believes APEC will be a boost to the economy but not enough to spark a general recovery.
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CPL eyes expansion, but is waiting on Papua New Guinea’s economic recovery

Papua New Guinea's largest retailer is still only servicing about 30 per cent of Papua New Guineans, according to Chairman of CPL Group, Mahesh Patel. While it has product and store expansion plans, Patel says CPL is waiting on a general economic recovery before moving forward.
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Highlands Pacific shifts strategy to focus on controlling projects in Papua New Guinea

Highlands Pacific is expanding its focus from large projects and exploration, to controlling interests in smaller projects offering near term returns. Highlands Pacific Managing Director, Craig Lennon, tells Business Advantage PNG it is a response to market changes.
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Five questions for Michael McMillan, Townsville Enterprise policy director

Michael McMillan, Director of Policy and Investment for the Townsville Enterprise, explains to Business Advantage PNG that, with Air Niugini now conducting direct flights from Townsville to Port Moresby, there is greater reciprocal interest between the two cities. He says a delegation of Townsville business people went in May to Papua New Guinea’s capital city to look at the business possibilities.
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Five questions for: Edwini Kessie, Pacer Plus Chief Trade Adviser

The long-awaited Pacer-Plus Pacific trade agreement is expected to be signed in early June, after the 14 Pacific countries concluded their talks in Brisbane last week. But Papua New Guinea and Fiji have said they will not participate. Business Advantage PNG asked World Trade Organisation negotiator, Edwini Kessie, what PNG is missing out on.
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