Interviews

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.
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Seven questions for Derek Aihari, Director of InvestSolomons

The Solomon Islands economy has experienced steady growth over the last two years. Derek Aihari, Director of InvestSolomons tells Business Advantage PNG that the country is looking to develop its already close links to Papua New Guinea.
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Five questions for: Boto Gaupu, CEO of the Cocoa Board of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea's Cocoa Board has launched a new farmers’ company to move small farmers from subsistence farming to running a small profitable business. The long-term aim of the new PNG Agriculture Company is to boost output, quality and farmer incomes, as Cocoa Board CEO Boto Gaupu explains.
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Papua New Guinea ‘low risk’ for foreign investors says head of Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Papua New Guinea is a 'low risk' country for foreign investors, according to John Leahy, President of the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Commerce and Industry. But he tells Business Advantage PNG that it is important to prepare thoroughly in order to be a successful investor.
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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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