Papua New Guinea’s foreign exchange and budget situation improving, says central bank Governor

The Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Loi Bakani, says the foreign exchange market is on track to return to normalcy. In an exclusive interview with Business Advantage PNG, he says the PNG LNG project has begun paying taxes for the first time, which is improving the Government’s budgetary position.
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New majority owner of Port Moresby Stock Exchange outlines its plans

The Port Moresby Stock Exchange has new majority owners. So, who's behind Pacific Capital Markets Development and what are their plans for Papua New Guinea's bourse? In this exclusive interview, one of the Principals of Pacific Capital, Frank Dunphy, reveals all to Business Advantage PNG.
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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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