Banking and finance

Papua New Guinea’s new finance sector strategy a response to ‘staggering’ growth

Massive growth in participation has forced the Papau New Guinea Government to come up with new strategies for the finance sector and financial inclusion. Business Advantage PNG's David James reviews the strategies and finds a greatly enhanced role for the central bank.
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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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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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Sovereign bond issue will ‘test’ Papua New Guinea’s market access, says Standard & Poor’s

The Papua New Guinea government has begun spruiking its sovereign bond issue with a series of meetings with investors in Singapore, Hong Kong, London and the US, led by Treasurer Charles Abel. However, while Standard and Poor’s has given the issue a ‘B’ stable rating, others say the government may have to offer a premium to attract investors.
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LNG prices have surged but oil prices move sideways: a monthly review of Papua New Guinea’s commodity and financial markets

LNG prices have jumped sharply and the cocoa price has been volatile. Business Advantage PNG’s monthly review of Papua New Guinea commodity and financial markets.
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