Country guide: Vanuatu

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Vanuatu comprises 83 islands, a wonderland of waterfalls, volcanoes, jungles and white-sand beaches, where visitors are treated to  excellent snorkelling and diving, authentic local performances and luxury resorts. Bronwen Gora goes island hopping.

In brief: Total SA to start construction of LNG plant in 2018 and other business stories

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Total SA Chairman says company is planning to commence construction of LNG plant in 2018, Ramu NiCo ordered to stop operating nickel mine and Harmony Gold reports ‘continuing exploration success.’ Your weekly digest of the latest business news. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of oil and gas company Total SA, Patrick Pouyanné, says the company is planning to […]

In brief: Bank of Papua New Guinea seeks K793 million loan to assist foreign exchange backlog, and other business stories

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Central bank seeks temporary loan to cover backlog of demand for foreign currency, district grants and non-tax paying companies under fire and kina to fall to its lowest level since 2003 if current rate of depreciation continues. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

In brief: Agriculture Minister says Papua New Guinea must reinvest in sector, and other business stories

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Agriculture Minister says annual investment in agriculture is just K150 million a year, call for mining sector style tax incentives for agriculture, and Leaders’ summit critically important, says O’Neill. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Sharp rise in Papua New Guinea visitor arrivals expected: TPA

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Papua New Guinean tourism operators flew the flag in Australia last weekend at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. Robert Upe reports visitor arrivals are expected to rise, due in part to cruise ships improving tourists’ perceptions of PNG.

In brief: PNG Ports seeks interest for design and construction of Motukea Island wharf, and other business stories

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Motukea Island Port project expressions of interest called for, PM dismisses ‘secret deals’ with Rio Tinto, and Star Mountains project JV launches exploration campaign. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Carnival and AusAID partner to deliver benefits from Melanesian cruise tourism

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The luxury cruise line Carnival Australia has signed a three-year deal with AusAID to boost local business tourism opportunities in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste stand out in slowing Pacific economy

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Growth across the Pacific region is expected to slow slightly during 2013, with Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Nauru the outstanding performers, according to a mid-year review by the Asian Development Bank.

Around the world: Australian journalist catches TB in Papua New Guinea and other international stories

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Jo Chandler catches TB in Papua New Guinea, Australian police investigate PNG money laundering, NZ diplomat’s posthumous attack and more international stories.

Around the world: why all those visits to Papua New Guinea from Australia? and other international stories

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Thoughts on why so many Australian ministers to visit PNG recently, closer trade ties with Indonesia loom, and Vanuatu’s new PM discusses changing the status quo.