Papua New Guinea Investment Week
by PNG Business News - May 24, 2019
Positive signs are on the horizon for business after three “flat” years due to tough economic times brought on by low commodity prices, last year’s earthquake, and lack of foreign currency, which has increased slightly this year.
Following the recent activity in the minerals and gas sector and a successful APEC Leaders’ Summit, the Australia PNG Business Council has successfully lobbied to bring to our shores four high-profile business investment conferences, -- all of which will be held from June 17 to 21 at the Stanley Hotel and Suites and APEC Haus.
* On Monday 17th to Tuesday 18th June, will be the 35th Instalment of the Australia PNG Business Forum and Trade Expo. Themed “The Road Ahead: Optimising Infinite Opportunities,”key statistics for this event include 900 delegates, 300 Exhibitors and 120 booths, 78 speakers and 15 topics ranging from unlocking customary land, agriculture, infrastructure development, MTDP3, start-ups, disruption and innovation, among others
* On Wednesday, 19th June, the Business Council of PNG in conjunction with the Speaker of the House of Parliament will host their annual Speaker’s Summit, the second instalment. This will also be held at the Stanley Hotel. Themed “Building Papua New Guinea’s Economy,” key statistics include 250 delegates, 100 exhibitors and 40 booths, 36 speakers and six topics in one day.
* On Thursday, 20th June the PNG European Union business conference on “Strengthening Trade and Investment ties between the EU and PNG” will be held at the Stanley Hotel. There is no fee to attend this conference. To register, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of the tentative program is attached.
* Then on Friday, 21st June the Asia Pacific Business Forum will be held at APEC Haus. David Morris, the Chair of UNESCAP Asia Pacific Business Forum stated: “They will bring to the Pacific for the first time the United National Asia Pacific Business Forum. This will be a high-level government business dialogue on how to bring the benefits from sustainable development to non-urban communities across our region.” Themed ‘Global Goals, Local Opportunities,” it’s the annual flagship event of the UN Economic and Social Committee for Asia and the Pacific Sustainable Business Network.
Interest has been overwhelming, particularly for the UN-sanctioned meet. People in Asia have called putting their hands up to present during the conference.
PNG Business News - May 25, 2020
Timor-Leste’s official Oil & Gas event goes online
IN-VR is organising the Timor-Leste Oil & Gas Energy Online Summit, taking place completely online and sponsored by SundaGas and Pacific Towing. All the profits will be donated to charity supporting their initiative to provide masks, gloves and necessities to groups in need. The online summit will take place on July 9th 2020, focusing on Timor-Leste's plans in the current oil price landscape, new business opportunities in its 2nd Licensing Round, exploration updates and new midstream projects. The summit will gather government officials, key IOCs, investors and service providers that will discuss these topics and network with attendees online in sessions and private B2B meeting rooms. What are the key thematics of the online summit? ● Timor-Leste’s 2nd Licensing Round: Acreage opportunities and terms ● ANPM’s instrumental role and jurisdiction in the country and region ● Timor-Leste’s geology and available seismic data ● Why invest in Timor-Leste - Investor's perspective ● Service provider opportunities in Timor-Leste ● The Timor-Leste / Australia Maritime Boundary Treaty – the new framework ● What are the best companies to partner within Timor-Leste? ● Exploration updates in Timor-Leste ● The Chudith Gas Discovery and the PSC TL-SO-19016 license, SundaGas’ success and update ● Bayu-Undan field updates and new opportunities Who will be presenting? ● Dino da Silva, President, ANPM ● Mateus da Costa, Director of Exploration, ANPM ● Amado Hei, Director for PSC & Legal Compliance, ANPM ● Andy Butler, Chief Executive Officer, SundaGas ● Neil Papenfus, General Manager, Pacific Towing and many more, soon to be announced! Let's get masks, gloves and food to the right people while we network with Timor-Leste's oil & gas industry!For further information please visit: https://www.in-vr.co/timor-leste-online Or contact: email@example.com
PNG Business News - December 02, 2019
Mining Petroleum Conference kicks off
The Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Conference and Exhibition kicks off today for the next three days December 3-5 at the Stanley Hotel & Suites in Port Moresby in the nation’s capital.More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend the biennial conference and expo, to be held in conjunction with the main conference.Yesterday business houses participating in the exhibitions put finishing touches to their stalls for the start of conference today.Major players in the local and global resources industry are expected to visit despite their being a downturn in the PNG and even the global economy.Prime Minister James Marape is expected to officiate at the opening and address participants, many of them eager to hear what the Prime Minister has to say in regards to proposed changes to the Mining Act, which has raised concerns in the industry and calls for more collaboration and a relook at these proposed changes which may impact investment and mining operations.The conference provides comprehensive technical updates, and offers an excellent opportunity to meet all the players in the PNG mining and petroleum industry, including Government, and for joint venture discussions, networking and promotions. The event also informs delegates on current activities in the PNG resource industry and highlights new developments, advanced prospects, new discoveries and exploration as well as economic and social achievements.The conference week follows on from the passing of the 2020 budget by the new government led by Prime Minister James Marape – his government’s first national budget, which he has described as a ‘hard one’ in view of the current economic climate.He said this yesterday when commenting on the Budget which was handed down by Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey last Thursday.As the conference starts, some of PNG’s big-ticket projects like Wafi-Golpu mine, Porgera mine, P’nyang and Papua LNG projects are still in discussion stage.
PNG Business News - May 26, 2020
Global E&P: National regulators meet with IOCs online
IN-VR is organising the Global E&P Summit on July 2nd, taking place completely online. For the first time ever, 16 national oil & gas ministries, regulators and NOCs are gathering online to promote their available E&P global opportunities to IOCs and service providers from all over the world. The biggest online E&P event of the year Meet with hundreds of IOCs and service providers at the biggest online oil & gas event to ever take place. Book private meetings, network, and find the latest news on Licensing Rounds, discoveries, and tech updates.Listen to presentations from Brazil, Namibia, Timor-Leste, Ghana, Morocco, Peru, Argentina, Benin and many more authorities on the same stage for the first time. The countries will discuss their success, challenges and new opportunities after COVID-19. Promote your company to IOCs and service providers from all over the world looking to prospect and expand their business. Who is presenting at the Global E&P Online Summit? ANP, Brazil Ministry of Energy, Ghana Ministry of Mines and Energy, Namibia Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Somalia Gabon Oil, Gabon ONHYM, Morocco Perupetro, Peru ANPM, Timor-Leste CUPET, Cuba SOBEH, Benin Ministry of Energy, Sao Tome and Principe and many more, soon to be announced! Three stages, more than 60 topics With hundreds of VIPs, officials from 16 countries, and 12 hours of non-stop streaming, you will have the option to choose the session you are most interested in watching and participate in it, before having private meetings. All three stages will be hosting sessions with different topics, discussions, Q&As and presentations on: onshore and offshore available acreage, upcoming Licensing Rounds in 2021, latest E&P technology advances, farm-in opportunities and many more. For further information please visit: https://www.in-vr.co/global-ep Or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
PNG Business News - May 16, 2022
Get over it... with PNG Forest Products' NiuBridge
Photo: NiuBridge on the Boluminski Hwy, New Ireland, PNG You know how they say, “Build a bridge… and get over it”? Well with PNGFP NiuBridge you don’t have to build it, because it’s already built! These expertly designed and engineered modular bridges are prefabricated to your specifications by PNG Forest Products. With a design life of 50+ years and installed cost base typically under half that of equivalent concrete or steel, NiuBridge is the ideal, most cost-effective solution for bridging installations in Papua New Guinea. The NiuBridge System includes deck, girders, kerbing and accessories, and comes with a pre-applied bitumen surface. Little maintenance is required thanks to PNGFP’s unique veneer preservation treatment, ensuring complete protection from termites and rotting. NiuBridge is manufactured from PNG plantation pine to both AS/NZS 2269 and AS/NZS 1604 standards and exploits the advantages of natural timber, which is not subject to fatigue failure, unlike other materials such as steel and concrete. Available in single lane, dual lane, or custom design, NiuBridge is suitable for a range of load conditions including Austroads T44 and AS 500 Bridge Design. NiuBridge and sister product NiuDeck are widely used by local and state governments across Australia. The peak body for the timber industry in Queensland has welcomed these products as a demonstration of the versatility and innovation of using Engineered Wood Products in bridge construction. “Using prefabricated timber systems in bridges is gaining greater market recognition due to their inherent strength, light weight and low carbon emissions footprint compared to other construction materials”, said the CEO of Timber Queensland, Mick Stephens. So next time you need to get over it, don’t waste valuable time and loads of money building a bridge. Buy a NiuBridge and get over it sooner and more cost effectively!
PNG Business News - May 16, 2022
Need help with to live, work and study in Australia and with student enrolments in EQI accredited schools? Ask Migration Plus!
Photo credit: Migration Plus Migration Plus is a leading Migration firm in Cairns, in the Far North Queensland region providing professional migration advice to students, individuals, government, businesses and corporate groups including the mining, hospitality, tourism, agricultural and air services industries. Migration Plus are also Education Agents with Qualified Education Counsellors on their team and they represent a number of reputable universities and colleges across Australia, including Education Queensland International (EQI) for student enrolments. They work closely with EQI and have successfully assisted PNG students enrol in schools across Queensland and also assisted with visa applications for the students for many years. With Australian borders opening to international visitors, temporary workers and international students, they can assist you with all migration matters for your business and family to visit, work or study in Australia. Now is the time to start your children’s enrolment to study in any of the EQI’s accredited schools from Prep to Year 12. Education Counsellors at Migration Plus can assist your children’s enrolment for Year 10, Semester 2, the important pathway into senior high school subjects through the Senior Education and Training Plan. Semester 2 commences in July 2022. With an in-depth knowledge of migration law, their specialist team provides a complete solution to your migration requirements and coordinate all facets of your migration needs. The Migration Plus team is very passionate about what they we do – the rewards of being able to assist in changing lives and helping clients achieve their goals is first and foremost. With over 90 years of combined experience available to you, you can count on their highly specialised team for accurate advice. Contact the Specialist team for further information.
Marcelle P. Villegas - May 16, 2022
Australia Opens Its Doors to International Students
Photo credit: Education Queensland International “International students are an important part of the Australian community, and we are excited to welcome them back to our classrooms, campuses and communities.” This was the announcement posted on their website by the Australian Government last February to herald the reopening of international travel to students. “Australia’s borders are open to fully vaccinated international students and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders.”  “From 21 February 2022, all visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia.”  The Australian Government said that international students will be subject to Australian Government border restrictions and any State and Territory quarantine and testing requirements. Quarantine and testing arrangements for State and Territories are frequently changing. Therefore, international students are advised to visit www.Australia.gov.au/states to be updated with the latest information and announcements of the Australian Government. In relation to this, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has developed a “factsheet on the reopening of international travel to students” which is available for downloading from the website.  “All visa holders who are fully vaccinated in accordance with Australia’s international border entry requirements are able to arrive in Australia without needing an approved travel exemption. This includes fully vaccinated international students.”  Here are more important reminders from the Australian Government: People who do not meet Australia’s vaccination requirements for international travel must apply for a travel exemption to travel to Australia, unless they are in an exempt category. Visa holders who arrive in Australia may have their visa cancelled and be detained and removed if they: are not fully vaccinated for international travel purposes in accordance with Australia’s border entry requirements; or do not have a medical contraindication to a COVID-19 vaccine as defined by the Australian Government; or are not in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption. To be considered as “fully vaccinated for international travel purpose” to or from Australia, one should have completed a primary course of a vaccine approved or recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This includes mixed doses. The currently approved or recognised vaccines for travel are the following: Two doses at least 14 days apart of AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, AstraZeneca Covishield, Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty, Moderna Spikevax or Takeda, Sinovac Coronavac, Bharat Biotech Covaxin, Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people under 60 years of age on arrival in Australia), Gamaleya Research Institute Sputnik V, Novavax/Biocelect Nuvaxovid. Single-dose dose of Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine are also in the list of approved and recognized vaccines. “At least 7 days must have passed since the final dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation for you to be considered fully vaccinated for international travel purposes. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA.” How about exceptions for vaccination requirements and arrangement for children? “People with acceptable proof they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, and children under 12, can access the same travel arrangement as people who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes.” Moreover, temporary visa holders who are younger than 18 years old at the time of departure for international travel to Australia do not require an approved travel exemption when the child is travelling with at least one adult who is fully vaccinated for international travel purposes. “Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged 12-17 years old entering Australia may be exempt from passenger caps and eligible for reduced quarantine requirements. Travellers should always check the quarantine requirements for the state or territory they plan to travel to, or transit through, prior to arranging their travel.” “If the child is travelling with unvaccinated adult family members, then the entire family group will be subject to managed quarantine and passenger caps.” For more information on vaccination travel requirements, quarantine rules, and other related matter, visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/vaccinated-travellers. Reference:  https://www.dese.gov.au/reopening-international-travel-students  https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/vaccinated-travellers  Factsheet on the reopening of international travel to students https://www.dese.gov.au/reopening-international-travel-students/resources/factsheet-reopening-international-travel-students