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    OBG’s banking, insurance and investment coverage looks at revenue and profit trends, market share changes, foreign entry and regulatory developments while our capital markets sector analyses provide information on the stock and bond markets, IPO activity and regulatory changes.
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How would you assess the sophistication of the insurance market in Papua New Guinea and the scope for more complex products?

 

Papua New Guinea’s insurance sector has considerable potential, not only in terms of growth in the more traditional urban, commercial and industrial markets, but also because the country has so many people who have never had exposure to insurance of any kind. As marketing, distribution and design are improved, take-up by lower-income...

 

Insurance in Papua New Guinea remains a sector of significant opportunity. With a low penetration rate – estimated at under 2% – and the overall economy set for rapid growth as a result of ExxonMobil’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, demand is projected to increase over time. Other trends and events also suggest good prospects. A new...

 

The amount of debt held by the national government of Papua New Guinea continued to increase in 2016, following consecutive budget deficits posted since 2012. As a result, the government has accessed the domestic and international markets to fund the deficit. However, according to the 2017 national budget, the debt-to-GDP ratio, which was 34.5...

 

In what ways can capital markets play a larger role in enhancing the broader economy?

 

After a flurry of activity in 2015, including a dual-listing initial public offerings (IPO), a key stock returning to the exchange after suspension and the writing of a series of major reforms, Papua New Guinea’s capital markets are rebounding. The benchmark stock index started to climb again in 2016 and continued to do so through early 2017,...