In brief: Government plans five new highways and other business stories

Government plans to build and open five new highways, Milbank launches women-only credit card, and PNG Power to upgrade two projects in Eastern Highlands and East New Britain. Your weekly digest of the latest business news. 

In brief: Papua New Guinea signs up to China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, and other business stories

China deal to benefit Highlands provinces, call for restructure of agriculture department and quarantine authority, and Pacific Assurance Group goes into liquidation. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: New 30-day visa a boost for Papua New Guinea tourism, and other business stories

Australians can now obtain a 30-day visa on arrival, Botten says Elk-Antelope could need at least two new LNG trains, and Treasurer confident cash flow enough for health, education and infrastructure spending. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

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: Treasurer says Papua New Guinea government showing responsible fiscal management, and other business stories

Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch denies Budget blowout, Kumul Petroleum to evaluate methanol plant and small rise in inbound tourism. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Business and employment travel outperforms leisure travel to Papua New Guinea

Business and employment travel into Papua New Guinea has more than tripled in the last 15 years, outperforming leisure travel, which has see marginal growth over the last five years. Robert Upe report

In brief: new Petroleum Minister, Oil Search bond buyback and other stories

PNG’s new Petroleum Minister, officials in Abu Dhabi to negotiate Oil Search bond buyback, and the cost of Manus Detention Centre detailed. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Papua New Guinea tourism receives some attention

Several new developments – the creation of a tourism hub at Kokopo (and new direct international flights to service it) and the start of cruise liners visiting remote Milne Bay – indicate progress is being made to develop Papua New Guinea’s tourism industry.

Cautious reaction to proposed ban on visas on arrival

Business groups have reacted cautiously to the O’Neill government’s plans to scrap visas on arrival for Australian citizens.

Tourism potential in Kokopo and Rabaul ‘huge’ – if infrastructure improves

Tourism operators have welcomed the government’s plan to develop Kokopo and Rabaul in East New Britain province as the country’s tourism hub. But they warn poor infrastructure and the country’s bad image overseas could prevent PNG reaping the benefits of ‘huge’ tourism potential.