In brief: What companies in Papua New Guinea are doing to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other business stories

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Telikom PNG launches a COVID-19 helpline, mining companies announce contingency plans and studies conducted at the Frieda River project site to be finalised. The news you need to kickstart your week.

In brief: International Monetary Fund approves Papua New Guinea’s request and other business stories

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Papua New Guinea gets help from the International Monetary Fund, Minister for Petroleum explains P’nyang license and the ‘Whistleblower Act’ passes unanimously. The news you need to kickstart your week.

St Barbara to invest millions to redefine Papua New Guinea’s Simberi mine

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St Barbara will invest A$8–$12 million (K19–28 million) on exploration activities in Papua New Guinea this financial year with the aim of extending its Simberi gold mine beyond its current mine life.

In brief: Tolukuma to go into full production and other business news

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Gold mine to go into full production, royalties scrutiny and better access to basic infrastructure. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

St Barbara set on further exploration in Papua New Guinea, says MD

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St Barbara recently announced that gold production from its Simberi mine in New Ireland rose by 39 per cent in the year to June: exceeding ‘the upper end of guidance.’ Managing Director Bob Vassie tells Business Advantage PNG that the company is looking to explore more in Papua New Guinea.

In brief: Pacific Marine Industrial Zone gets the go ahead, and other business stories

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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.

Papua New Guinea mining sector: not all bad news

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The latest closure of the Ok Tedi mine reminds us that disruptions at major mining operations in Papua New Guinea are nothing new. While the closure is undoubtedly a setback, Business Advantage PNG’s survey of PNG’s other major mines suggests prospects for the mining sector are more positive.

In brief: Papua New Guinea’s Bank of South Pacific completes purchase of three Westpac Pacific operations, and other business news

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Bank of South Pacific finalises purchase of Westpac’s Tonga, Samoa and Cook Islands banks; Special Economic Zone agreement in East Sepik and Santos reportedly buying into P’nyang gas field. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: US power and construction company eyes Papua New Guinea as next location, and other business news

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Pernix Group looks to expand into Papua New Guinea, European Investment Bank invited into PNG and Finance Minister says LNG is not ‘a waterfall’ of money.

In brief: new Bougainville Mining Act creates ‘uncertainty’ over Bougainville Copper’s rights, and other business stories

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Bougainville Copper to seek formal acknowledgment of Bougainville mining rights, Post PNG pays first dividend, and low-cost ‘squatter’ housing project in Fiji. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.