Articles by David James

Foreign exchange becoming more available, says BSP’s CEO Robin Fleming

Robin Fleming, Chief Executive of Bank South Pacific – Papua New Guinea’s biggest bank – says foreign exchange availability is improving. In this exclusive interview with Business Advantage PNG, he also discusses BSP’s approach to risk, and its new digital offerings.

Canadian investment company Cobalt 27 acquires Highlands Pacific, and flags divestments

Canadian-listed company Cobalt 27 has acquired Highlands Pacific, principally for its interest in the Ramu nickel-cobalt mine in Papua New Guinea. The corporate play will mean divestment of non-core PNG assets.

Electrification Partnership beginning of new era for PNG Power

Carolyn Blacklock, the acting Managing Director of PNG Power, says the money that will come from the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership established at APEC will greatly assist the roll out of electricity. She says PNG Power has sharply increased the number of connections it is making and is aiming to concentrate on hydropower.

‘Fundamental change’ needed with Papua New Guinea state-owned enterprises

Kumul Consolidated Holdings, the holding company for Papua New Guinea’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs), has released its Year in Review. It says that 2018 has been ‘particularly difficult and challenging’ for the country’s SOEs and that a fundamental change is necessary if the enterprises are to expand.

APEC hailed by organisers as a success for Papua New Guinea despite tensions

Papua New Guinea’s hosting of APEC 2018 was a success, say three senior figures involved in its organisation. Ivan Pomaleu, PNG’s APEC Ambassador, suggests that the country achieved all of its goals in spite of the lack of a consensus within the group of 21 nations.

Dates and location set for 2019 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference

The 2019 Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference will take place on 19 and 20 August at the premium Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Australia.

Kainantu profitable and will have long mine life, says K92 CEO

Canadian miner K92 has found new ore and is ramping up its operations at its Kainantu mine in Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highlands Province. In this exclusive interview, Chief Executive John Lewins tells Business Advantage PNG that the company is now profitable and has an anticipated mine life of over 15 years.

Papua New Guinea’s LNG capacity could double, says ExxonMobil SVP

Neil Chapman, Senior Vice President of ExxonMobil, told the APEC CEO Summit earlier this month that LNG capacity in Papua New Guinea could double. He claimed the global shift to natural gas to reduce carbon emissions is favouring the industry.

LNG prices and oil prices down but cocoa strong: a monthly review of Papua New Guinea’s commodity and financial markets

LNG and oil prices have weakened but the cocoa price has strengthened. Business Advantage PNG’s monthly review of Papua New Guinea commodities and financial markets.

PM signs Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership with Australia, US, Japan and US

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has signed the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership with Australia, Japan, the United States and New Zealand, whose aim is to provide power to 70 per cent of the country’s population by 2030. Currently, only 13 per cent of PNG’s population has reliable access to electricity.