Nine things businesses need to know about Bougainville’s referendum

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The writ has been issued and postal voting has commenced ahead of the long-awaited referendum on independence for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Here are nine things you should know about the referendum.

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Seven questions for Andrew C. Abel, President of the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea

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The president and co-founder of the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea (SAPNG) is pushing ahead with plans to establish surf tourism in Bougainville, perhaps one of the last frontiers for the sport in the world.

In Brief: New petroleum regulator on Papua New Guinea’s radar and other business stories

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The Papua New Guinea’s Petroleum Minister has said he will put forward a bill on the proposed National Petroleum Authority and Bougainville receives an extra $US700,000 to support its referendum. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

People moves: Bougainville government, FinCorp

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New Minister for Economic Development, board changes at FinCorp.

Court hearings in Port Moresby and Melbourne over future of Bougainville’s Panguna copper mine

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A court hearing this week (17 May) in Port Moresby will help determine if there is a judicial review of the Bougainville government’s decision to refuse the extension of an exploration licence for the Panguna copper mine. Also that day, a federal court hearing will be asked to rule on the release of documents showing the relationship between dissident landowners and a Perth-based company seeking exploration rights to Panguna.

Key meetings to determine timeline for rebuilding Bougainville’s Panguna copper mine

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Two key events before year’s end are likely to decide the timeline for the rebuilding of the Panguna copper mine on Bougainville Island. The Chairman of Bougainville Copper Limited, Rob Burns also tells Business Advantage PNG two board appointments last month (Oct) is part of the company’s strategic development.

Global mining major needed to re-open Bougainville’s Panguna copper mine?

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Funding the re-opening of the Panguna copper mine is a key concern for a newly-formed Joint Committee of landowners, BCL and governments, says Bougainville Governor, John Momis. Independent analysts believe it is likely to come from one of the global mining majors.

In brief: Second mining company in play to revive Panguna copper mine, and other business stories

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Australian miner with links to Bougainville landowners bids to restart Panguna, research into boosting tourism in East New Britain and Milne Bay, and ABAC prepares paper on life after mining projects. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In Brief: More than 3000 candidates vie for parliament, and other business stories

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Over three thousand nominate for 2017 national elections, the moratorium on mining exploration in Bougainville is lifted, and cocoa farmers receive grants. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Government to buy 20 per cent shareholding in Port Moresby hotel complex, and other business stories

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Government to spend K300 million buying into Star Mountain Plaza project, Bougainville President supports new-look BCL, and Trade Minister seeks ban on Fiji imports. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.