Opportunities for business in reopened Fiji and Solomon Islands

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With key Pacific economies such as Fiji and the Solomon Islands now opened up after COVID, what opportunities do they offer Papua New Guinea-based businesses, and what are the keys to success? Some experts provide their insights.

In brief: New Porgera Limited close to applying for special mining lease and other stories

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Barrick executives visit Papua New Guinea for talks about a Special Mining Lease for Porgera, PNG welcomes back cruise ships, and Department of Trade and Investment to become a ‘one-stop shop’ for foreign investments. Your business news in a nutshell.

In brief: Kina Bank announces new branches in Papua New Guinea and other business stories

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Kina Bank to open new branches in Papua New Guinea, Minister for Information & Communication Technology launches new ICT plan, and Nambawan Super starts construction of Waigani office complex. The business news you need today.

Boardroom briefing: Solomon Islands Facebook ban, vaccine hopes might spook some investors, and ransomware attacks on the rise

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The Solomon Islands unfriends Facebook, not every investor happy about the positive covid-19 vaccine news and the cost of ransomware attacks. Readings from around the world on business, leadership and management.

Roads to success: Solomon Islands’ Deputy PM on building new infrastructure

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Manasseh Maelanga, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, says the Pacific country’s new government has turned its attention to infrastructure. Measures are being put in place to encourage private sector involvement in roads, ports and industrial townships.

Anticipating COVID‑19 in the Pacific [opinion]

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While Australia prepares its domestic interventions, it needs to spare some thought for the Pacific as well, say Alexandre Dayant and Jonathan Pryke from the Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter

Stronger together: why Papua New Guinea should work closely with the Solomon Islands [video]

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Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands face similar challenges and opportunities. Atenasi Ata, CEO of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, tells us why both countries are particularly well-placed to do more business with each other.

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.

Country guide: Solomon Islands

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Bronwen Gora discovers a quiet island paradise of palm-fringed golden beaches, friendly Melanesian people and some of the best diving, swimming and surfing in the world.

Solomon Islands’ economy set for steady growth

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The economy of the Solomon Islands is small, but continues to grow steadily. New nickel exports, new hydropower and greater internet connectivity look set to drive future growth, reports David James.