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Five questions to Sir Charles Lepani, Director General of APEC 2018

In a little over three weeks, Papua New Guinea will host the annual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting, when 21 world leaders and 10,000 delegates including 2,000 media organisations arrive in Port Moresby. The Director-General of the APEC 2018 Coordinating Authority, Sir Charles Lepani, tells Business Advantage PNG he is confident of a lasting legacy.
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Pacific Island exporters expecting boost in orders and looking to Asia, study finds

A study by Pacific Trade Invest, the Pacific Islands Export Survey 2018, has found that 70 per cent of Pacific Island exporters expect to have an increase in orders over the next year. It found that Australia and New Zealand remain the two major markets outside the region, although there is growing interest in Asia.
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‘Encouraging’ gas find likely to boost Papua New Guinea LNG expansion as China locks in long-term contract

Analysis of test results from a potentially new LNG find at the Barikewa-3 well in the Papua New Guinea Forelands is underway but it’s too early to say how that gas will be commercialised, according to well operator, Oil Search. Meanwhile, the signing of a long-term contract for gas from PNG with China confirms demand for gas from China will continue well into the 2020s.
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MYEFO report says Government wants to bring forward sovereign bond raising to solve forex shortages

The Government’s Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) statement has indicated that it is in the ‘advanced stages’ of negotiating the country’s first sovereign bond later this year. The strategy is being adopted to solve the nation’s foreign exchange shortages, but it does carry risks.
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Public holidays declared in Port Moresby due to APEC summit, says CEO

The two days before the APEC Leaders meeting have been declared national holidays in the National Capital District in Port Moresby, according to Chris Hawkins, the Chief Executive Officer of APEC Papua New Guinea. He told an APEC summit briefing that Papua New Guinea has advantages when it comes to hosting the big event.
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Prime Minister gives upbeat take on Papua New Guinea’s economy

The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, speaking at Business Advantage
 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Brisbane, said the mid-year assessment of the economy was better than anticipated. He said the growing investment interest in the Pacific from China, Australia and the United States is ‘healthy’.
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