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Improvements to Taxes and Infrastructure Crucial for Papua New Guinea SMEs, says Millennium Water MD

Source: Business Advantage PNG

Achilles Peni’s water treatment business was one out of 10 companies selected to participate in Papua New Guinea’s SME Advancement Program, led by the World Bank, the Government and Bank South Pacific PNG.

The company sells purified water from Port Moresby. It has long-term plans to build the first natural mineral and spring water facility in Papua New Guinea.

Peni, who is a water and wastewater treatment technologist with over 26 years experience, says the company will then be positioned to bottle water directly from the base of the Owen Stanley Range near the Kokoda Track.

Market

There is a large potential market. According to a study by Water Aid, Papua New Guinea has the world’s worst access to clean water. It found that 4.8 million people in the country do not have clean water.

The Water Aid study says access to clean drinking water and sanitation is an issue for over half of Papua New Guinea’s population. The annual rainy season is also often followed by drought, which adds to the difficulties.

‘One way to support local producers is to increase taxes on imported goods.’

Lae

Peni says the company’s Lae branch initially operated ‘very well’ but the economic downturn meant that it had to be closed down. He says he has been forced to adopt a defensive strategy.

‘Millennium Water is surviving, but the company isn’t thriving.’

Peni lists his greatest challenges as high freight costs, and the lax application of importation taxes. He says many local businesses struggle to get their products transported to the buyers in a reasonable timeframe.

One way to support local producers, he says, is to increase taxes on imported goods.

‘The Government must promote local products first by imposing an import duty tax. These actions will help create a level playing field.’

Peni says reducing freight costs and developing local infrastructure, especially rail and road, will also greatly aid PNG SMEs.

Contracts

Millennium Water has continued to be successful during the economic downturn by securing contracts with large companies, including PNG Power Limited and ExxonMobil.

‘Keeping the dispensers clean helps to maintain the light, sweet taste of the water.’

In addition, the company offers cleaning of its water dispensers free of charge, to attract and maintain its client base.

Keeping the dispensers clean helps to maintain the light, sweet taste of the water, which makes the product competitive, Peni explains.

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BSP opens branch in Cambodia

By: Cedric Patjole – 26 May 2017
Bank South Pacific will be creating history when it enters the Asian market following the announcement of its new new branch in Cambodia.
This was revealed today during the announcing of the final dividend to shareholders for 2016 today.
The decision to enter Cambodia was settled on May 2nd this year.

BSP owns 50 per cent of an asset finance company called RMA Finance, which is now in the process of being rebranded to BSP Finance Cambodia Proprietary Limited.
“It’s already operating. We now own 50 per cent and the formal rebranding, hopefully by the end of July we’ll have the BSP colours proudly in Cambodia,” said BSP CEO Robin Fleming.

The new branch in Cambodia is part of BSP strategy to enter the Asian market following its successful penetration in the Pacific which it has successfully covered following its acquisition of Westpac’s assets in the region.
BSP Board Chairman Sir Kostas said other countries in BSP’s sights include Lao’s, Myanmar, and Vietnam which they hope to enter between 18 months to two years.
“We’re starting to do feasibility on these Laos, Myanmar, I mean these things don’t happen overnight. There’s a timeframe, we make sure we have all the ticks in the boxes first. Make sure all the regulatory requirements are satisfied and we proceed. 
But there is opportunity in these countries. That’s the main thing,” said Sir Kostas.

BSP is the largest business in PNG outside of companies in the resources sector.
The banking chain has seen remarkable growth, particularly over the last three years despite a tough economic environment.
The growth and performance is attributed to the management team and staff of the company.