After a flurry of activity in 2015, including dual-listing initial public offerings, 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, following years of decline since hitting record highs in 2010. The market remains sound, well managed and well prepared for the economic upturn expected with the next large liquefied natural gas investment. Work continues in the background on improvements and upgrades, while expected reforms, which include changes to legislation, structures and governance, should be in place by the end of 2017. Incremental refinements in the bond market, led by the central bank, are ongoing, as are the bank’s efforts to get the attention of international custodians.
This chapter contains an interview with Richard Borysiewicz, General Manager, BSP Capital.