Industry sectors

Improving access to finance the key to solar power expansion in Papua New Guinea

Improved access to finance could the rapid development of solar power, according to Jon Pittar, Managing Director of solar provider, Solar Solutions PNG. If the government is to achieve its energy goal of giving access to power to 70 per cent of the population by 2030, he believes solar-powered systems must be provided to rural communities.
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Papua New Guinea’s mining sector concerned about revised Mining Act

There is growing concern in Papua New Guinea’s mining industry that changes to the Mining Act will discourage investment in the sector. The Executive Director of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Professor Albert Mellam, has said the mining sector is ‘strongly opposed’ to the revised Act.
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Security situation a ‘setback’ for business in Southern Highlands Province, says Chamber of Commerce President

Berry Mini, President of the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce, told Business Advantage PNG last Friday that there is an increased security presence in Mendi, particularly in front of key commercial and government buildings. The state of emergency is also affecting earthquake recovery supplies.
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Undersea cable linking Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Australia to be completed late 2019

An K331 million undersea cable linking Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Australia is expected to be up and running by the end of 2019. It follows concerns by Australian officials that if China’s Huawei telco built the project, it could access Australia’s telecommunications infrastructure, creating national security concerns.
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