Undersea cable linking Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Australia to be completed late 2019

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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.

People moves: Air Niugini, Foreign Affairs Dept, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Air Niugini CEO to retire, new Secretary of the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a new Partner at law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

The Solomon Islands are ripe for growth, says the chair of its chamber of commerce and industry

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The Solomon Islands’ economy grew by three and a half times between 2003 and 2016. In the first of a two part series, Business Advantage PNG looks at the challenges and opportunities facing the emerging nation.

Second mine suspension in Papua New Guinea highlights drought impact

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The suspension of a second mine in Papua New Guinea has highlighted the impact of the El Nino drought, which is also severely affecting the agriculture industry. Just how long the drought continues for will determine the long-term effects, according to Paul Barker, the Executive Director of the Institute of National Affairs.

Papua New Guinea and Pacific to benefit from Australia’s foreign aid budget cuts

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Despite cuts to foreign aid spending in this year’s Australian Federal budget, released this week, Papua New Guinea will gain an extra A$59 million (K155 million) and regional programmes also stand out as the beneficiaries from this year’s budget, according to analysts.

Cautious reaction to proposed ban on visas on arrival

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Business groups have reacted cautiously to the O’Neill government’s plans to scrap visas on arrival for Australian citizens.