In brief: Cabinet considers Ramu Valley as a ‘Special Economic Zone’ for agriculture and other business stories

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Cabinet considers a plan to turn the lush Ramu Valley into a Special Economic Zone, Microbank aims at 50,000 customers and Nambawan Super’s overseas investments down 20 per cent. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Lae is doing well, but land and town planning issues remain: McLay

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With a new port, a new hospital and plans to redevelop Nadzab Airport, things are looking up for Lae, Papua New Guinea’s second-largest city. However, says Alan McLay, these developments highlight a shortage of land, and a need for more effective town planning.

Lae Nadzab Airport commercial area prepares for take off

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New land has been made available at Lae Nadzab Airport for growth of a supporting commercial business sector.

Lae airport highway upgrade begins this month

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Construction of the long-awaited Lae-Nadzab Road upgrade to a four-lane highway begins this month, after Prime Minister Peter O’Neill launched the project last week.

First step towards direct flights between Lae and Cairns?

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Business people in Morobe Province are hoping a new timetable, which sees Air Niugini flying between Lae and Cairns via Port Moresby, is the first step towards direct flights between Australia and PNG’s second city.