Articles by David James

More details of Papua New Guinea’s APEC year revealed

Major infrastructure upgrades, visits to Papua New Guinea’s region, and increased efforts to liberalise trade across the region are part of this year’s APEC Leaders’ Meeting in Port Moresby. Officials claim that the nation will be well prepared to benefit from hosting the event.

Wafi Golpu mine would be good for the wider Papua New Guinea economy, says executive

The proposed Wafi Golpu mine will contribute to the diversification of Papua New Guinea’s economy, according to Craig Jones, Executive General Manager Wafi Golpu at Newcrest Mining. He told the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum in Brisbane that, if the project gets the go-ahead, it will help local agriculture.

Kumul Petroleum MD believes ‘step change’ needed to achieve electrification targets in Papua New Guiea

The Managing Director of Kumul Petroleum Holdings (KPH), Wapu Sonk, believes a ‘step change’ is needed in the electrification of Papua New Guinea. He argues that some gas production should be reserved for domestic production.

Mainland CEO outlines ambitious plan to diversify into new crops

Papua New Guinea agribusiness Mainland Holdings is launching into new agricultural sectors to reduce its reliance on imports. Chief Executive David Alcock told the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum that the company intends to grow sorghum and soya beans to use as stockfeed in partnership with local farmers.

ANZ economist claims Papua New Guinea on verge of boom

Papua New Guinea is on the verge of a resources boom, according to Kishti Sen, International Economist for the ANZ Banking Group. He told the recent Australia–Papua New Guinea Business Forum that the challenge is to manage the economic cycles.

Price of fish is biggest manufacturing challenge, says RD Tuna GM

Managing volatility in the price of fish is R D Tuna Canners’ biggest manufacturing challenge, according to General Manager Erwin Ortiz. He tells Business Advantage PNG that the company intends to increase its storage capacity as part of its strategy to deal with price fluctuations.

Services trade and the digital economy the next focus for APEC, says Secretariat’s Executive Director

APEC’s focus will be on the services trade and the digital economy, Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat, told the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo in Brisbane last week. He said the APEC region now represents about half the world economy.

New owner of diversified technology company TE sees big future in Papua New Guinea

Retailer and wholesaler TE (PNG) is a diversified and adaptable company, says new Managing Director Robbie Huxley. He tells Business Advantage PNG he decided earlier this year to buy the 60-year-old company because he sees a positive future for PNG

PM insists Papua New Guinea economy strong despite critics

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has criticised external commentators for ‘bias’ when assessing the PNG economy. Speaking at the 34th Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum in Brisbane, he expressed optimism about the proposed Papua LNG project but said the economy has to be diversified to avoid boom and bust cycles.

Standard & Poor’s lowers Papua New Guinea’s rating

S&P Global Ratings has lowered its long-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Papua New Guinea (PNG) to ‘B’ from ‘B+’, but it believes the outlook is ‘stable’. The agency points to bigger than expected fiscal deficits because of ‘a loss of revenue and reconstruction costs after a recent earthqu