Kevin McQuillan is a regain contributor to Business Advantage PNG, with over 30 years' experience covering PNG and the Pacific.

About Kevin McQuillan

Kevin McQuillan is a regain contributor to Business Advantage PNG, with over 30 years' experience covering PNG and the Pacific.

Frozen fries the start of an ambitious import substitution plan for Papua New Guinea

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A brand-new factory in the Highlands has begun processing locally grown potatoes. This is part of an ambitious import substitution plan that could provide thousands of jobs, cut the price of frozen foods and save valuable foreign currency.

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Spectacular growth in Papua New Guinea’s K600 million solar energy market

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Sixty per cent of households in Papua New Guinea are now using solar energy, compared with just two per cent seven years ago, according to a recent International Finance Corporation report. What’s driving this extraordinary growth? asks Kevin McQuillan.

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Caroline Tiriman: Papua New Guinea’s runaway broadcaster

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Caroline Tiriman, one of the most recognised voices in the Pacific, is retiring after more than 40 years behind the microphone. Kevin McQuillan reports.

Bishops looks to service Papua LNG project

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Equipment supplier Bishop Brothers is positioning itself to be a major supplier to the forthcoming Papua LNG project, according to General Manager Len Pianta. He tells Business Advantage PNG the company is also looking at opportunities to expand into Fiji and New Caledonia.

Six questions for Vic Lynch, owner of Kwila Coffee Roasters

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Vic Lynch is a Papua New Guinean cafe owner and barista who has built up a thriving business in Sydney, Australia, where PNG coffee is catching on.

Fiji telco ATH buys into Papua New Guinea’s ICT market

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Fiji-based Amalgamated Telecom Holdings has claimed it has struck a deal to acquire 70 per cent shareholding in each of Digitec Group, which operates in Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Australia. Analysts say the Fijian company could seek a partnership with an existing mobile operator in PNG.

The race for internet connectivity moves to the skies

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Satellites are the new frontier for internet connectivity, and that’s going to benefit businesses in Papua New Guinea as the country gets serious about cloud computing, technology entrepreneur and futurist Mark Pesce tells Business Advantage PNG.

Australia’s Pacific Step Up puts Pacific countries in delicate bargaining position

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During a visit to the Solomon Islands last month, Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced a 10-year AUD$250 million (K582 million) package for infrastructure. Kevin McQuillan explores Australia’s Pacific ‘Step Up’ policy. 

Crowne Plaza returns to Port Moresby with all-new residences

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Port Moresby’s economic growth has given a much-needed boost to the construction and hospitality sector. Two hotels have opened in the past two years and the Crowne Plaza has plans to make its return in July, with a twist.

CEO hooked on tuna

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Being stranded for five years on Bougainville Island because of the civil conflict failed to deter Ludwig Kumoru, CEO of Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), from developing a career in the fishing industry.