Articles by David James

Eyes in the sky: drones could cut costs of farming in Papua New Guinea

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New Britain Palm Oil is making strides in the area of ‘precision agriculture’ in Papua New Guinea. Its experience provides pointers for other agribusinesses looking to gain a better control of their costs.

Transparency report shines light on Papua New Guinea’s extractive sector

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Although the extractive sector continues to be responsible for the bulk of Papua New Guinea’s exports, the latest Papua New Guinea Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative report has found that revenues to government remain comparatively small. Here’s what you need to know.

Papua New Guinea experiencing temporary loss of momentum, say reports

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With experts forecasting slow economic growth in 2020, Papua New Guinea’s economy may be facing a temporary loss of momentum. David James examines two new economic reports and what they may mean for business.

How Papua New Guinea’s central bank plans to sell government debt

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The Bank of Papua New Guinea is looking to sell government debt to international and local investors. Its Governor, Loi Bakani, outlines the challenges to Business Advantage PNG and their connection to PNG’s ongoing foreign exchange shortages.

Bougainville votes overwhelmingly in favour of independence

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Bougainville voters have voted by an overwhelming margin in favour of independence from Papua New Guinea. All eyes will be on how the National Government responds and what will happen to the island’s K252  billion Panguna copper and gold mine.

Cashed up and ready to grow: Kina Bank’s plans for 2020

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Kina Bank’s operations have expanded dramatically after taking over ANZ’s retail operations in Papua New Guinea. In an exclusive interview, Chief Executive Officer Greg Pawson outlines to Business Advantage PNG its plans for growth. David James reports.

Ready to export: artisanal industries in Papua New Guinea

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There is a multi-million kina export opportunity for PNG’s artisans, according to Virginia Bruce, CEO and founder of the mentoring consultancy REAL Group. She told the Innovation PNG 2019 conference of her experience building the business ‘ecosystem’ to reach that market.

Kainantu gold mine’s aggressive expansion plans

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With a soaring share price, production upgrades and strong cash flows, K92 Mining is proving to be one of Papua New Guinea’s resource success stories. Chief Executive Officer John Lewins outlines the company’s aggressive expansion plans to Business Advantage PNG.

The secrets for successful innovation in Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea is driving forward with innovation but there’s still so much to do. Pete Williams, Chief Edge Officer at the Deloitte Centre for The Edge, shared his secrets to harness the power of innovation effectively at the recent Innovation PNG 2019 conference.

2020 Budget aims to boost Papua New Guinea’s infrastructure and SMEs

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The Papua New Guinea Government has tabled its 2020 Budget, forecasting a big deficit designed to stimulate growth in the non-resources sector of the economy.