In brief: Employment Act review underway, and other business stories

Employment and IR laws under review, Police Commissioner appeals for end to blockade of Highlands Highway, and new Agriculture Minister promises to pursue K20m for coffee borer repair. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Chinese companies win bid to build Ramu 2 power project, and other business stories

Two Chinese companies to build Ramu 2 power project, 95 per cent of logs sent to China, and Lae business leaders welcome ADB loan for key roads. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Port Moresby’s remarkable dining boom

A boom in new restaurants is improving the quality and variety of dining options in Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, as never before, observes Andrew Wilkins.

Steamships MD Peter Langslow sees future in property development (Part 2)

In the second of a two-part series, Steamships Managing Director Peter Langslow tells Business Advantage PNG that his diversified company is looking to upgrade its manufacturing activities, upgrade more hotels and is planning more property development in Papua New Guinea.

How Steamships is preparing for the next upturn (Part 1)

Despite 2016 being ‘a relatively quiet time’, Steamships Managing Director Peter Langslow, in the first of a two part series, says his diversified company is becoming more efficient and continuing to invest in its operations in PNG in preparation for the next upturn.

Why many Papua New Guinea companies become conglomerates

Conglomerates have become rare in developed economies; the strategy of diversifying across different industry sectors tends to be punished by investors who prefer specialized players. But in Papua New Guinea industry diversification is commonly used as a way to grow.

In brief: Oil Search and ExxonMobil buy gas licences in Gulf, and other Papua New Guinea business stories

Oil Search and ExxonMobil buy into gas licences in Gulf of Papua, Sir Mick Curtain, founder of Curtain Bros, dies, and trade disagreement with Fiji resolved. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Signs of recovery: a monthly review of commodity prices and financial markets

Despite short-term weaknesses, oil and gold prices are up over the year so far. Gas prices, although only half their 2014 peak, may be finding a floor while coffee prices are strong. Meanwhile, domestic equities have moved sideways, while some Australian miners have surged. Business Advantage PNG’s monthly overview of commodity and financial markets.

People moves: Steamships, AWE

A new Company Secretary for Steamships, and Cue Energy’s CEO moves to AWE

Results of Papua New Guinea’s major companies show some struggling more than others

Recently released results of some of Papua New Guinea’s major companies indicate that the economic downturn in 2015 put significant pressure on earnings. However, while energy companies suffered most, PNG’s finance sector proved resilient.