Articles by David James

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.

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.

Papua New Guinea’s Stock Exchange plans for debt trading market

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PNGX, Papua New Guinea’s renamed stock exchange, has announced proposals to establish trade in government and private debt. It may lead to a significant deepening of the PNG financial system. David James reports.

Australia to provide A$2 billion to improve commercial infrastructure development in Papua New Guinea

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The A$2 billion Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific aims to significantly boost Australia’s support for commercial  infrastructure development in Papua New Guinea and Timor‑Leste. David James takes a closer look.

SMEs in Papua New Guinea need to develop sound business practices, says Fusion Foundation

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Small and medium enterprises (SME) in Papua New Guinea need to hone their business models and proposals to get investors. Business Advantage PNG looks at some of the ideas that the Fusion Foundation, a non-profit entity that supports entrepreneurs, proposes to help SMEs thrive.

Where to allocate resources to develop Papua New Guinea’s economy

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The World Bank and the Papua New Guinea Business Council seem to agree on the areas that need strengthening to help Papua New Guinea’s economy thrive. The difference, however, is that one of them also includes the creative industries. David James compares both lists and analyses what they mean for the country and its future.

Papua New Guinea business visa changes that may affect you

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Papua New Guinea’s Immigration and Citizenship Authority has developed a new online visa system and has changed the rules for business visitors to the country. Here’s why the changes were made and what business travellers to PNG can do to avoid delays.

Manufacturing and transportation up in Papua New Guinea despite challenges in other sectors

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The Bank of Papua New Guinea’s Quarterly Economic Bulletin reports sales were strong in the manufacturing and transportation industries during the September quarter of 2018. But in other sectors revenues were revealed to be either patchy or poor. David James gives us an overview of these sectors.

Oil and LNG prices steady, while gold and coffee jump: a monthly review of Papua New Guinea’s commodity and financial markets

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Oil and LNG have remained steady but the gold price rises and coffee is up. Business Advantage PNG’s monthly review of Papua New Guinea commodities and financial markets.