Economy/Investment

Prime Minister O’Neill tells APEC CEO Summit maintaining international trade rules critical

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill gave an upbeat take on the Papua New Guinea economy when opening the APEC CEO Summit. He pointed to the need for consistent trade rules, strong engagement with civil society and the community, and a focus on the opportunities offered by the digital economy.
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Australia announces A$3 billion Pacific Infrastructure Bank package

The Australian Government has announced plans to set up an infrastructure bank as part of a A$3 billion suite of measures aimed at countering China’s influence in the southwest Pacific and lifting its own engagement in the region. Regional analysts say the funds need to go to Micro, Small to Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), as well as SMEs, and for small projects in remote areas.
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Economic integration not exploitation, says Papua New Guinea’s Treasurer

Papua New Guinea’s Treasurer Charles Abel says Papua New Guinea needs to take a staged approach to integration with the global economy in order to avoid being taken advantage of. Speaking at an APEC discussion forum at the University of PNG, he said recent experience suggests the nation’s foreign exchange markets may be too open.
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IFC to issue Papua New Guinea’s first AAA-rated domestic bond to deepen financial markets

Following the successful launch of Papua New Guinea's first sovereign bond, the International Finance Corporation is intending to issue a AAA bond as part of its efforts to deepen the financial markets in Papua New Guinea. John Vivian, IFC’s Resident Representative for Papua New Guinea, tells Business Advantage PNG that it can also assist corporate funding.
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Sovereign bond an ‘important milestone’ for Papua New Guinea that should affect interest rates, says BSP’s Fleming

The US$500 million sovereign bond raising will improve foreign exchange cash flows, according to Robin Fleming, Chief Executive of Bank South Pacific. He tells Business Advantage PNG that it represents an 'important milestone' for Papua New Guinea's financial system.
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Will Papua New Guinea’s successful sovereign bond issue improve the foreign exchange situation for business?

The success of Papua New Guinea’s first US$500 million bond issue will depend on the government’s spending focus, according to Paul Barker, Director of PNG’s economics research think tank, the Institute of National Affairs. He tells Business Advantage PNG that the private sector has to get access to foreign exchange because of extended delays.
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Papua New Guinea PM O’Neill looks for lasting policy legacy from APEC

In the second half of his exclusive conversation with Business Advantage PNG's Andrew Wilkins, the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says the policies developed at the APEC Leaders meeting will have a lasting impact on the country. He says APEC marks a unique opportunity to market PNG as an investment destination.
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