In brief: Foreign exchange reserves to be about US$2 billion by year’s end, and other business stories

Rise in foreign exchange reserves expected, K1.3 billion required annually for road maintenance work, and Ramu nickel project to have 35 year life. Your weekly digest of the latest business news. 

In brief: O’Neill expects loans of US$790m to ease foreign exchange pressure this year, and other business stories

Prime Minister O’Neill working on loan to ease foreign exchange pressure, domestic market obligation for future LNG projects, and Western LNG project likely to be stand-alone. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: KPH and Total to market LNG sales jointly, and other business stories

Joint venture to sell Papua LNG output, Second mining lease issued in Bougainville, Cabinet approves Ramu Two project. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Telikom PNG in pre-APEC upgrade, and other business stories

Telikom PNG in pre-APEC upgrade, strong result for Highlands Pacific, PM in Davos, Oil Search’s successful 2017, poor roads leading to food wastage, IFC sells BSP shares to Fiji fund, Nautilus trials on track, push to  return artefacts

Increasing global battery demand will drive higher nickel & cobalt prices, predicts Highlands Pacific MD

As demand for electric cars gather pace, Papua New Guinea’s Ramu mine is perfectly placed to be a big provider of the nickel and cobalt, both essential ingredients for these hi-tech batteries. Craig Lennon, Managing Director of Highlands Pacific told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Sydney that both commodities are hot.

Papua New Guinea Investment Conference ‘a resounding success’

The Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference was held last week in Sydney, successfully showcasing the nation’s potential as an investment destination and canvassing different views from the business community about the opportunities and challenges. A clear picture of the country’s—and the Pacific region’s—great untapped potential emerged.

In brief: No new taxes, says Prime Minister, and other business stories

O’Neill says Supplementary Budget won’t contain any new taxes, Oil Search MD says oil and gas sector could earn K60 billion over the next seven years, and central bank prepares to use block chain technology. Your weekly digest of the latest business news. 

In brief: Incoming Treasurer to announce a 100-day economic plan, and other business stories

Treasurer Charles Abel wants to restore confidence in the economy, election unrest in Mt Hagen may cost businesses K50 million, and BCL board meets in Bougainville. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Selling Papua New Guinea as a business and investment destination

September’s Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Sydney is designed to promote Papua New Guinea as a key business destination in our region. Business Advantage International’s Andrew Wilkins reveals some of the planning that is going into the program.

Highlands Pacific shifts strategy to focus on controlling projects in Papua New Guinea

Highlands Pacific is expanding its focus from large projects and exploration, to controlling interests in smaller projects offering near term returns. Highlands Pacific Managing Director, Craig Lennon, tells Business Advantage PNG it is a response to market changes.