A tenfold increase in production shows the way forward for fresh produce from Papua New Guinea’s Highlands

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Working with local farmers to get the fundamentals right has led to massive production increases for fresh produce business Hilans Fres in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands Province. Advisor Paul Browne explains how it’s been achieved.

Life in Papua New Guinea after Ok Tedi

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As the Ok Tedi gold and copper mine nears the end of its current mine life, the Ok Tedi Development Foundation has launched a five-year plan to create economic self-reliance for the people of Western Province. Kevin McQuillan reports.

Western Province: Papua New Guinea Business Guide

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Western Province is the largest province in Papua New Guinea by area. It shares a land border with the Indonesian province of Papua and a sea border with Australia. There are several large rivers that run through the province, including the Fly River, PNG’s biggest, and the Strickland and Ok Tedi Rivers. Lake Murray, PNG’s largest lake, is also in the province.

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Western Highlands Province: Papua New Guinea Business Guide

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Western Highlands Province’s capital Mount Hagen is the third-largest city in Papua New Guinea, but it has a rural appearance, with its grass huts and terraced gardens where kaukau and other fruit and vegetables are grown in the Wahgi Valley. The people have a reputation for being industrious, goal-oriented and thrifty and they have been significant players in some key industries in PNG, notably: trucking, vehicle hire, taxis and buses, and agriculture. 

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Ok Tedi has moved from ‘death row’ to a ‘sweet spot’, says CEO

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The Chief Executive of copper and gold producer Ok Tedi Mining, Peter Graham, believes the Papua New Guinean company will enjoy a ‘sweet spot’ in the next few years. He says efficiency gains have substantially improved the mine’s competitiveness.

Papua New Guinea drought still affecting economy, in spite of rainfall

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Although many parts of the country are returning to normal, the Papua New Guinea drought is continuing to affect both its formal and informal economies. Business Advantage PNG receives an update on the situation from agricultural expert, Dr Mike Bourke.

Restructure will see 25% reduction of Ok Tedi staff and switch to ‘fly in-fly out’ operation at Papua New Guinea mine

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PNG’s state-owned mine is undergoing a radical restructuring which will result in a 25% workforce cut and see the company move to a Fly-In, Fly-Out operation, says Managing Director and CEO, Peter Graham.

Mount Hagen business leaders outline potential for Papua New Guinea’s agricultural hub

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Last August, the O’Neill government announced a policy to create an agricultural ‘hub’ around Mount Hagen in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands Province. Business Advantage PNG asked business leaders and analysts what was needed for the region to achieve its potential.

Israeli expertise boosting Papua New Guinea’s fresh food independence

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An Israeli-backed and developed fruit and vegetable farm is delivering international standard produce for the domestic market in Papua New Guinea.

Stanley gas project approved in Papua New Guinea

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The national cabinet has approved the US $300 million (K829 m) development of the Stanley gas-condensate field in Western Province.