Expo on Women in Business
Mon Nov 15 2010
A GROUP of women has organised an expo that will showcase enterprising Papua New Guinean women from a cross-section of the country in a bid to help the Government solve unemployment problems. PNG Women in Business (PNGWIB) is a programme under the small and medium-enterprise (SME) and informal sector policies of the Government which aims to promote and encourage women entrepreneurs in the country. The PNGWIB programme is being carried out by the Department of Commerce and Industry and Small Business Development Corp (SBDC) in collaboration with the City Mothers Foundation (CMF). CMF founder and businesswoman Janet Sape said the partnership was an approach to addressing the course for both existing and aspiring business women in the country. She said PNGWIB aimed to provide technical training, professional business advice and support to PNG women to make them become self-reliant. As part of the PNGWIB programme implementation, an expo has been scheduled at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae, Morobe province, from Sept 9-11. Department of Commerce and Industry (DCI) SME programme manager Brenson Wera said the expo, the first of its kind to be held in the country, would allow women to showcase their various business activities, skills and talents. The turnout from the expo would help the Government create the national SME database for proper policy planning purposes, Mr Wera said. Various stakeholder agencies including the DCI, the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA), Small Business Development Corp (SBDC), Co-operative Societies of PNG, Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Department of Community Development, amongst others, will provide information and other services to women during the event.