‘SMEs are hurting’: ANZ’s Mark Baker on the bank’s post-COVID challenges in Papua New Guinea

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Renegotiating terms or refinancing are proving to be the best way to deal with the shock caused by COVID-19 according to Mark Baker, Managing Director of ANZ Bank Papua New Guinea. In an exclusive interview he tells Business Advantage PNG that improving confidence is the big challenge.

Fair share? Papua New Guinea’s move to production sharing in resource projects questioned

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The Papua New Guinea government’s proposal to move to production sharing agreements in resource projects may not solve the government’s financial problems and there is a risk it will harm the country’s reputation for being a good place to invest, according to the industry itself.

In brief: Papua New Guinea wants to advance key resources projects before Q3 and other business stories

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Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister travels to Lae for Wafi-Golpu project, the Minister says PNG is open to welcoming new ICT operators, and confirmed COVID-19 cases increase as PNG adapts to the Niupela Pasin or ‘new normal’. The business news you need to kick start your week.

In brief: Horizon Oil clears its name and other business stories

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An investigation has cleared Horizon Oil of any wrongdoings in Papua New Guinea, PNG amends Oil and Gas Act and NASFUND revamps its image. The business news you need to kickstart your week.

In brief: Wafi-Golpu negotiations to resume and other business stories

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PNG’s Prime Minister green-lights Wafi-Golpu negotiations, Twinza’s Pasca A project is next on the government’s list and Vision City Mega Mall announces rent assistance for businesses. The business news you need to kickstart your week.

Digging deeper: Mineral Resources Authority confident about the future of Papua New Guinea’s mining sector

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The global economic crisis triggered by COVID-19 outbreak has increased the urgency for Papua New Guinea to facilitate mining projects, which are the biggest providers of crucial foreign exchange. Business Advantage PNG speaks exclusively PNG’s Mineral Resources Authority about where the sector is heading.

In brief: lease extension for Papua New Guinea’s Porgera mine refused and other business stories

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Papua New Guinea to take over Porgera Mine, Mining Minister is looking to restart Wafi-Golpu discussions and Shadow Treasurer urges the introduction of a supplementary budget. The business news you need to kickstart you week.

In brief: good news for Wafi-Golpu and other business stories

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Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture partners receive ‘green light’ to engage in discussions with the State of Papua New Guinea, petroleum licences owe over K10 million and Gerehu to NiuPower gas plant transmission lines completed. The business news you need to kick-start your week.

In brief: new export tax levy could break the forestry industry and other business stories

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Forestry industry says new export tax levy could spell the end, Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture to lay off employees and P’nyang negotiations edge towards deadline. The business news you need to kick-start your week.

Newcrest Mining still waiting to resume discussions over ‘premier’ Wafi-Golpu project, says senior executive

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Newcrest Mining Ltd is still waiting to resume discussions with the Papua New Guinea government to grant a Special Mining Lease to start developing the Wafi-Golpu gold-copper project. The enforced delay has given the company license to focus on its other projects, reports David James.