In brief: Papua New Guinea team in Singapore to discuss Papua LNG and other business stories

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Minister for Petroleum Kerenga Kua is in Singapore to discuss the Papua LNG agreement, Papua New Guinea’s Kumul Consolidated Holdings announces its profits for the first half of 2019, and the United Nations Development Program Pacific Office opens the first Accelerator Lab in the region. Your weekly digest of business news.

Opinion: The Pacific Islands should speak as one

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Dame Meg Taylor Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat argues that the Pacific region is at a critical juncture in its history. She argues that because of political ‘jousting’ there ‘has never been a more important nor opportune time’ to act as one Blue Pacific continent.

People moves: Pacific Islands Forum, ABC, National Planning and Monitoring Department

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A new Director General, a new correspondent, and an Acting Secretary

In brief: Oil Search says there is ‘distribution’ problem with payouts, and other business news

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Oil Search acknowledges problems with payouts, Frabelle denies shut down and the ICCC starts legal proceedings against Steamships. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Opinion: Responding in the Pacific to a warming planet

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Pacific Islands need to look for Pacific solutions to global warming, according to Meg Taylor DBE, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The aim should be resilience.

People moves: Bank South Pacific, Bougainville Referendum Commission, 2019 Asia Pacific Business Forum

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Ni-Vanuatu to head up BSP operations in Port Vila, former Irish PM nominated to head the Bougainville Referendum Commission, new Chair of the 2019 Asia Pacific Business Forum

Five questions for: James Movick, Director-General, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency

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Control of foreign fishing vessels in international waters is the biggest threat to the South Pacific tuna industry, according to James Movick, Director-General, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. He tells Business Advantage PNG that plans to increase aerial surveillance will help detect illegal fishing.

People moves: MiBank, GoFood PNG, Forum Fisheries Agency

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A new Director at MiBank, Chief Technology Officer appointed at GoFood PNG, Deputy Director-General of Forum Fisheries Agency appointed

Five questions to economist Rohan Fox on Papua New Guinea’s exchange rates and APEC 2018

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Papua New Guinea needs greater flexibility in the exchange rate, Rohan Fox, Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Papua New Guinea’s Division of Economics, explains to Business Advantage PNG. He believes APEC will be a boost to the economy but not enough to spark a general recovery.

In brief: Fiji lifts ban on import of Papua New Guinea food products, and other business stories

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Fiji’s trade Minister lifts ban on PNG food products, K65 million sought to contain coffee berry borer, and O’Neill warns of crackdown on companies not paying taxes. Your weekly digest of the latest business news