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.

Papua New Guinea Government moves to take over Porgera lease

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Papua New Guinea’s government has moved to effectively take over the Porgera gold mine in Enga Province by issuing a Special Mining Lease to state-owned mining company, Kumul Minerals Holdings. Legal challenges look likely.

Learning to live with COVID-19

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With Papua New Guinea’s government deciding that the country must now to learn to live with COVID-19, one could argue that the first chapter of PNG’s encounter with the global pandemic has come to an end.

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Blast from the past: Papua New Guinea’s economy in 2020

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The year 2020 looks like being a watershed year for Papua New Guinea, with a number of transformative projects awaiting the green light and a new government seeking to implement an ambitious agenda.

Infrastructure back on the agenda

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Infrastructure has been the subject of heavy discussion in the past month. Unreliable telecommunications and utilities were two of the major impediments identified by our 2020 PNG 100 CEO Survey, and I was able to ask State Enterprises Minister Sasindran Muthuvel about the government’s plans to reform PNG Power, Kumul Telikom and other state-owned enterprises at a special POMCCI breakfast last month.

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Beyond P’nyang

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You always have to be prepared for surprises in PNG, but it certainly looks like the ExxonMobil-led P’nyang gas project will not proceed in its current form, following the Government’s withdrawal from negotiations over the gas agreement for the project.

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New island resort opens in Papua New Guinea

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New island resort opens in Papua New Guinea

PNG’s date with destiny

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27 November is looming large as a key date for Papua New Guinea, with the date nominated for concluding negotiations between the State and developers over the ExxonMobil-led P’nyang gas project.

Better market intelligence on Papua New Guinea

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In a country like PNG, where even the National Population and Housing Census (due again next year) is problematic, market data and intelligence is hard to come by. 

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The importance of effective government

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So, the Papua LNG project has been given the all-clear by Minister for Petroleum, Kerenga Kua. The debate about who ‘buckled’ and who kept their nerve will take place, no doubt, but the end of the government’s review into the gas agreement signed in April is to be welcomed.

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The new government’s policies under discussion

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The World Bank’s latest economic update on Papua New Guinea makes for interesting reading. We can expect growth this year in PNG, but how much will depend on a lot of factors, not all of which are within PNG’s control.

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