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Fleming: Trade is Important for Forex

by PNG Business News - March 22, 2021

The availability of foreign currency is crucial for promoting trade and enabling companies to continue importing goods for consumer consumption.

It's also essential for investors to know that returns on capital investments can be repatriated if and when enough foreign currency is available in the country, according to Bank South Pacific CEO Robin Fleming.

When asked if there is a continuing foreign currency shortage in the country, he said that while foreign currency issues are likely to continue for another two to three years, the prospects for a rebalancing of foreign currency supply and demand are optimistic once construction work on the Papua LNG begins.

“Businesses have conditioned themselves to not being able to access foreign currency in a timely manner.,” he said. “But in doing so they have in certain instances forgone growth opportunities and put aside larger investments that would have assisted grow their business.”

While reflecting on the rise in COVID-19 cases, Fleming noted that many companies will be worried about the growing number of positive cases.

In response to a query about the BSP status, he claimed that their regional businesses have had to deal with the effects of COVID in each of their countries, with travel restrictions affecting their tourist-related industries.

In what he described as a difficult year, he said most people did reasonably well.

“Our focus in 2021 is to bring our new banking system online in Vanuatu and PNG in 2021 and other countries thereafter,” Fleming said.


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