Articles by David James

Time to address ‘serious structural issues’ in the economy, says Wera Mori

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Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Commerce and Industry, Wera Mori, outlined an ambitious plan to boost Special Economic Zones and attract foreign direct investment to PNG at the 2019 Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference. Here’s what you need to know.

The intensifying debate over the future of Papua New Guinea’s mining industry

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The mining industry needs government help to solve an exploration crisis, according to industry representatives. But government bodies are saying there needs to be a better sharing of the rewards in the national interest. Business Advantage PNG looks at the contrasting views of the industry and the state.

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Reasons why superannuation is critical to building a strong organisational culture in Papua New Guinea

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Six Papua New Guinean companies discuss the benefits of superannuation contributions and share with Business Advantage PNG why it can help companies reduce attendance problems and increase loyalty through super.

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Second route out of Papua New Guinea’s Highlands could transform country: IFC study

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Currently, the only way of bringing bulk agricultural produce out of Papua New Guinea’s fertile Highlands is down the Highlands Highway to the port city of Lae. A new study has identified a faster second route—through Gulf Province. Business Advantage PNG investigates.

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Prime Minister Marape’s ambitious vision for agriculture in Papua New Guinea

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Prime Minister James Marape has said that he doesn’t want Papua New Guinea to be known as an oil and gas county and has outlined his aim is to make PNG the ‘food basket of Asia.’ What opportunities does this create for business?

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MYEFO: Papua New Guinea’s international debt standing and forex still a problem

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What the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook reveals about Papua New Guinea’s international debt standing and foreign exchange markets.

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How PNG Forest Products is expanding operations in Papua New Guinea

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PNG Forest Products started as a forestry company but is also now a full-fledged power company too. Managing Director Tony Honey tells Business Advantage PNG how the company is expanding its manufacturing, increasing exports and handling growth.

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Papua New Guinea’s efforts to develop clear forms of digital identification

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A new study has shown that about 80 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s population has no clear form of identification. What does this mean for the country’s economy in the digital age? David James examines.

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Oil and LNG prices weaker but precious metal up: a monthly review of Papua New Guinea’s commodity and financial markets

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Oil, LNG and gas prices are weaker but precious metals are slightly up. Business Advantage PNG’s monthly review of Papua New Guinea commodity and financial markets.

Papua New Guinea’s state-owned enterprises reveal mixed financial results

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Kumul Consolidated Holdings has released the 2018—and 2019 first quarter—financial results for Papua New Guinea’s state-owned enterprises. Business Advantage PNG investigates.