Articles by Andrew Wilkins

About Andrew Wilkins

Andrew Wilkins is Publishing Director of Business Advantage International. He has over 28 years' international publishing and communications experience, including 15 years on Papua New Guinea. He is a convenor of the annual Papua New Guinea Investment Conference.

Green shoots and structural shifts

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While we’re still waiting for major projects to commence, some key data is suggesting Papua New Guinea’s economy has turned a corner.

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Economic update: cautious optimism in Papua New Guinea as major projects take shape

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With major new resources projects still in play, and new players entering the market, this election year will be one to watch in Papua New Guinea. Business Advantage PNG talks to the country’s business leaders about the year ahead.

Getting investment in Papua New Guinea to return

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Local and international investment trends suggest there is still a long way to go before the economy returns to pre-COVID levels, but some trends offer optimism and Papua New Guinea could take advantage of them.

The challenges of getting to a win/win deal

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With less than nine months until PNG’s National Elections, set for July 2022, the ‘Take Back PNG’ agenda of the Marape Government is moving into new areas.

The ‘Four Horsemen’ of PNG’s economy

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PNG’s Pandemic Controller David Manning’s decision to remove the requirement for international visitors to quarantine on arrival is a significant development if it lasts, making it easier for international business people and skilled workers to come to PNG.

Five reasons you should attend the 2021 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference online

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The three-day 2021 Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference starts live-streaming at 9am on Tuesday 7 September. Andrew Wilkins, Publishing Director and conference host, Business Advantage International, outlines the reasons why this is the year to attend.

Global issues and local benefits

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Like it or not, geo- and climate politics look set to have an even stronger influence on PNG’s business and investment agenda.

Oil Search and Digicel bids: is Papua New Guinea entering mergers and acquisitions season?

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Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has been in negotiations to buy Digicel, Papua New Guinea’s largest telco. Meanwhile, gas company Santos has been pursuing PNG’s largest company, Oil Search. Why is PNG seeing such mergers and acquisitions activity, and are more likely?

Searching for the green shoots

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For the time being, PNG’s economy appears to be managing its way through the COVID-19 crisis. According the Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey in the Final Budget Outcome for 2020, released in the past week, the ‘economic impact of the health crisis remained within our initial estimates.’

Taking Papua New Guinea to the world

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A couple of weeks ago, Business Advantage International hosted a small, high-level gathering of PNG-focused business leaders in Sydney, Australia.