In brief: Papua New Guinea to issue Eurobond later this year, and other business stories

A US$500 million Eurobond to be issued later this year, Government owes US$88 million to local businesses and February earthquake bill to cost five percent of government expenditure. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.
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United Kingdom confirms post-Brexit trading arrangements with Papua New Guinea

In a move that will reassure Papua New Guinea exporters to the United Kingdom, the UK government has confirmed it will maintain the European Union's current trading arrangements with PNG after 'Brexit'. Meanwhile, Prime Minister O'Neill has flagged 'huge incentives' for investments in agriculture and tourism, Business Advantage PNG reports from London.
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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.
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Standard & Poor’s lowers Papua New Guinea’s rating

S&P Global Ratings has lowered its long-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Papua New Guinea (PNG) to 'B' from 'B+', but it believes the outlook is 'stable'. The agency points to bigger than expected fiscal deficits because of 'a loss of revenue and reconstruction costs after a recent earthqu
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Hausples property survey finds a positive outlook towards property but prices are still considered unaffordable

Hausples.com.pg has released its Real Estate Survey 2018, which shows that the biggest challenge for the market is supply side factors such as land titles, infrastructure and private sector investment. But it says these issues ‘are slowly being addressed’ and that there is ‘unequivocal market demand for housing at various price points.
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