People moves: NASFUND, Newcrest, Embassy of Denmark, ANZ

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NASFUND welcomes two independent directors to its board, Newcrest gets a new Chief Legal, Risk and Compliance Officer, the Danish Ambassador announces the end of his tenure and ANZ appoints a new member to its Group Executive Committee.

In brief: Oil Search still keen on P’nyang gas project and other business stories

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S&P Global Rating lowers Papua New Guinea’s sovereign credit rating, Zijing Mining sends letter to Prime Minister Marape and PNG DataCo lands the Kumul Submarine Cable in Kavieng. The business news you need to kickstart your week.

Digging deeper: Mineral Resources Authority confident about the future of Papua New Guinea’s mining sector

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The global economic crisis triggered by COVID-19 outbreak has increased the urgency for Papua New Guinea to facilitate mining projects, which are the biggest providers of crucial foreign exchange. Business Advantage PNG speaks exclusively PNG’s Mineral Resources Authority about where the sector is heading.

In brief: Papua New Guinea to receive K70 million from the World Bank and other business stories

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World Bank commits K70 million to help Papua New Guinea in its fight against COVID-19, the Minister for Petroleum gives an update on resource projects and Oil Search successfully completes its equity raise. The business news you need to know to kickstart you week.

People moves: Nasfund, Newcrest, Constitutional Law Reform Commission, British High Commission in Tonga

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An Independent Director joins Nasfund, Newcrest announces changes to its Executive Committee, the Constitutional Law Reform Commission appoints a Secretary and the British High Commission reopens in Tonga.

Transparency report shines light on Papua New Guinea’s extractive sector

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Although the extractive sector continues to be responsible for the bulk of Papua New Guinea’s exports, the latest Papua New Guinea Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative report has found that revenues to government remain comparatively small. Here’s what you need to know.

In brief: new guidelines for Kumul Petroleum Holdings and other business news

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Kumul Petroleum Holding Limited has been asked to cease exploration, drilling and greenfield investments, the World Bank has released an economic update signalling economic slowdown in Asian and Pacific economies, and K92 Mining has released its Q3 results above budget. Your weekly digest of business news.

Global mining industry still recovering from a ‘great big party’

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The global mining industry is still in a ‘big hangover’, says Newcrest Mining’s Chief Development Officer, Michael Nossal. He tells an industry event that improving productivity is now the name of the game, as the industry waits for the interest from investors to return.

MOU signed for Wafi-Golpu copper-gold mine in Papua New Guinea

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Developers Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Papua New Guinea Government for the development of the Wafi-Golpu copper-gold mine in PNG’s Morobe Province. While the MOU indicates negotiations are proceeding well, there is still plenty of work to be done before the project gets a green light from government, local communities and investors.

Electrification Partnership beginning of new era for PNG Power

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Carolyn Blacklock, the acting Managing Director of PNG Power, says the money that will come from the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership established at APEC will greatly assist the roll out of electricity. She says PNG Power has sharply increased the number of connections it is making and is aiming to concentrate on hydropower.