Government incentives for second Papua New Guinea gas project should be fewer than for PNG LNG, say analysts

The operators of the Papua project are expected to make a financial investment decision on the project in 2019. But now that Papua New Guinea has ‘proven itself’ as a good manager of major global projects, it should be able to negotiate less generous terms with the operators of the second LNG plant, say economists and investment analysts.

A revitalised dairy industry aims for cheaper products on Papua New Guinea’s supermarket shelves by October

The first of 500 cows arrive in Papua New Guinea from New Zealand this week, (25 May) as a commercial-scale dairy industry gets closer to production in Central Province. And the CEO of Innovative Agriculture Industries, Ilan Weiss, says milk products will be on local supermarket shelves by October.

Releasing more land key to increasing Papua New Guinea home ownership

Demand for housing in Papua New Guinea is strong but there is a shortage of supply, according to the latest survey by Hausples, a Port Moresby-based real estate technology company.

Opinion: The Institute of National Affairs reaches a milestone as the voice of reason in Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea Institute of National Affairs celebrates 40 years this year as the country’s leading ‘think tank’, research and public policy advisory service for government and business on key economic issues. Executive Director, Paul Barker, reflects on its history and achievements.

Opinion: Proposed Papua New Guinea Land Act changes would harm investment, says Barker

The proposed amendments to Papua New Guinea’s Land Act are a cause for concern, argues the Institute of National Affairs’s Paul Barker. He says, if implemented, the legislation would scare off foreign investors at a time when the Government is looking for capital to encourage economic diversification.

Third stage of minimum wage increase for Papua New Guinea workers effective from July

The minimum wage in PNG will rise to K3.50 an hour from 1 July, from the current rate of K3.36.

In brief: Pacific Marine Industrial Zone gets the go ahead, and other business stories

Government tells Chinese company to start building Madang’s Pacific Marine Industrial Zone, new Tourism Minister unimpressed with Tourism Promotion Authority and second LNG ship is named Kumul. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Bank of Papua New Guinea seeks K793 million loan to assist foreign exchange backlog, and other business stories

Central bank seeks temporary loan to cover backlog of demand for foreign currency, district grants and non-tax paying companies under fire and kina to fall to its lowest level since 2003 if current rate of depreciation continues. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Second mine suspension in Papua New Guinea highlights drought impact

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.

Ok Tedi mine closure could cost Papua New Guinea K2.7 billion

The El Nino weather pattern which has seen the temporary closure of the Ok Tedi mine could potentially last for up to a year, according to former senior PNG agriculture business executive, Bob Hansen, adding the loss of mining income could be as much as K2.77 billion a year.