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SINPF buys 15% shares in PNG-based Loloata Island Resort
01:26 am GMT+12, 24/05/2019, Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands National Provident (SINPF) Board has purchased 15% shares in Loloata Island Resort Limited in Papua New Guinea.                                                                        

The SINPF bought its shares for K12 million (approx. SBD$30 million) from funds generated from its’ Bank South Pacific equity investment returns.

Following the purchase, the shareholders of the company are as follow; National Superannuation Fund Limited (Nasfund -50%), Lamana Development Company Limited (35%) and SINPF Board (15%).

Loloata is the only resort in the Port Moresby area and has eight central hotel rooms, 35 standard hotel suites, 20 waterfront executive suits, and three large two bed room villas. The central facilities building will include a restaurant and bar, kitchen, reception, conference rooms, retail tenancies and a pool. The resort will be supported by a landing facility on the mainland.

The target market for the Loloata Island Resort, a 20 minute drive on the Magi highway from Port Moresby, will be multi-day conferences (particularly during the week), weekend getaways for expatriate and wealthy nationals, as well as catering for the tourist market.

The Chairman of the Loloata Board Sir Mel Togolo in his address at the company’s board meeting said he is pleased and very happy to welcome the SINPF Board “to another great partnership that builds on our successful Melanesian Brothers’ cooperation in Heritage Park Hotel Ltd in Honiara.”

The Chairman of the SINPF Board Chairman Peter Boyers, the SINPF CEO Mike Wate and SINPF Manager Legal Services (acting) Stanley Hanu travelled to Port Moresby for the acquisition of the shares, to attend the board meeting, and for a site visit to the facilities.

Whilst in Port Moresby the SINPF Board Chairman made a courtesy call to the country’s High Commissioner in Port Moresby, Barnabas Anga, to update him and his staff of SINPF investments in Papua New Guinea.

Loloata Island Resort Limited is the 2nd SINPF equity investment in PNG besides its BSP shareholding. In BSP the SINPF Board is the 17th largest shareholder.

The resort should commence its first phase of business on 17 July 2019.

SOURCE: SOLOMON TIMES/PACNEWS                                                   


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