Court hearings in Port Moresby and Melbourne over future of Bougainville’s Panguna copper mine

A court hearing this week (17 May) in Port Moresby will help determine if there is a judicial review of the Bougainville government’s decision to refuse the extension of an exploration licence for the Panguna copper mine. Also that day, a federal court hearing will be asked to rule on the release of documents showing the relationship between dissident landowners and a Perth-based company seeking exploration rights to Panguna.

SME credit fund role part of our Papua New Guinea social responsibility, says Kina Bank CEO

Kina Bank is working with the Australian government and other donors to set up a credit fund for small and medium sized business. CEO Greg Pawson has told business leaders in Port Moresby the scheme is part of the bank’s corporate responsibility.

How Maori landowners access development finance 

Accessing finance to develop land in Papua New Guinea is the biggest stumbling block to creating wealth, jobs and an economic base for future generations. In New Zealand, Maori economic development is forging ahead, with the active support of banks and investors. In the second of a two-part series, Kevin McQuillan examines NZ banks’ lending criteria.

Accessing traditional land for development: How it’s done in New Zealand

Accessing customary land for development in Papua New Guinea continues to be a challenge, while difficulties remain with securing finance against that land. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Maori landowners are forging ahead with joint ventures, using leases as security and pooling financial resources. Kevin McQuillan investigates how it’s done, in the first of a two-part series.

Central bank Governor calls for plan to make Papua New Guinea self-sufficient in food

The Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea has called for a national plan to make the country self-sufficient in food production, with capacity for export. Loi Bakani outlined his proposal at last month’s National Planning Consultative Summit in Lae.

Papua New Guinea Earthquake Update: relief efforts continue as Restoration Authority established

The Papua New Guinea government has set up a new authority to oversee the restoration of services and infrastructure, following the February 26 earthquake. As humanitarian relief work continues, analysts expect GDP to fall slightly.

Independent mining consultant questions Papua New Guinea government role as both shareholder and regulator

To remain impartial, the Papua New Guinea Government should not be a shareholder, but only maintain regulatory oversight of mining projects, according to geologist and mining consultant, Jerry Nombri Garry. He tells Business Advantage PNG, there are other ways for the country to derive healthy revenues from mining projects.

Papua New Guinea businesses donate K80 million in cash and aid for earthquake relief

Papua New Guinea businesses have donated at least K80 million in cash and equipment to aid February’s earthquake relief program.

Legendary Papua New Guinea correspondent laments Australian coverage of PNG earthquake

For more than 40 years, ABC journalist Sean Dorney has been reporting on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. After he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year, friends and colleagues gathered in Brisbane to pay tribute to his life and work.

Earthquake to have ‘huge impact’ on Papua New Guinea economy, says Prime Minister

Last month’s earthquake in Papua New Guinea will have a ‘huge impact’ on the economy, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. The death toll is rising, the extent of the destruction and disruption to services and businesses is still being assessed, and the damage to the PNG LNG project is expected to affect government revenues.