HR strategies for Papua New Guinea

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David James reports how Papua New Guinean businesses are taking local cultural considerations into account in the management of their staff.

How New Britain Palm Oil turns sustainability into profitability

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New Britain Palm Oil has turned its philosophy of sustainable production into profits, according to Ian Orrell, Group Head of Sustainability. Speaking at the Business Advantage PNG Investment Conference in Brisbane, he warned of the need to improve the palm oil industry’s global reputation.

Releasing land titles could bolster Papua New Guinea SMEs

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Granting more land titles over plantation smallholdings and National Housing Corporation housing stock, and freeing up land locked up in over 20,000 unresolved deceased estates could provide a real boost to Papua New Guinea’s small and medium enterprise (SME) sector.  Dr Charles Yala, Principal & Director of Niugini Land and Properties, is calling for the more effective transfer of outstanding titles.

New Britain Palm Oil looking to expand and diversify, says Country Manager

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Access to land is preventing New Britain Palm Oil from expanding its beef and palm oil production businesses. PNG Country Manager Robert Nilkare tells Business Advantage PNG, there is a need to develop more agriculture leases in Papua New Guinea.

Aviation and maritime industries in Papua New Guinea to address new emissions rules

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Ocean freight and air freight services, both in and out of Papua New Guinea, will be required to ensure they are compliant with future emissions reductions requirements. Rensie Panda, Lead Climate Change Negotiator at the Climate Change & Development Authority, tells Business Advantage PNG what to expect.

In brief: Maru wants Papua New Guinea-Fiji trade dispute resolved by October, and other business stories

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Trade Minister Richard Maru wants trade issues with Fiji resolved this month, UBS buys into Kina Securities, and ANZ offers debit cards in PNG.

In brief: Papua New Guinea forex pressure to ease by the end of April says BSP CEO, and other business stories

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Ok Tedi’s cashflow plus new loan to ease foreign exchange situation, feasibility study to look at water pipeline from Highlands to Queensland, and illegal fishing in Pacific costs US$660 million a year. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

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 Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2015: four new knights

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Four new Knighthoods are among a total of 91 Papua New Guineans recognised by the Queen in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

In brief: mini-budget on the way for Papua New Guinea, and other business stories

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PNG Government likely to prepare mini-budget, Pacific Assurance Group urges Bank of PNG to lift restrictions, and Lihir mine temporarily ceases operations. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.