APEC Policy on Women and Economy Meeting


By Delly Waigeno – EM TV, Port Moresby

The meeting of the APEC Policy on Women and the Economy (PPWE) began yesterday, in Port Moresby.

Among the discussions were the PPWE ‘terms of reference’ and strategic plan. Over 50 Papua New Guinean women entrepreneurs were part of the agenda, by taking part in a craft market and display.

The craft market and exhibition were a small part of the Meeting of the APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy or PPWE.

It was organised in collaboration between the PNG Women in Business and the Business & Professional Women.

Over 50 women exhibited their products from the arts, jewelry making, fashion designs and textile and many other businesses.

Director of the PNG WiB, Janet Sape said women entrepreneurs in PNG struggle because frankly it’s expensive to do business here.

The high cost of rents, and expenses like fuel, phone bills, the cost of internet, and then the taxes and lack of market access and access to finances.

Susil Nelson Kongoi, President of the Business & Professional Women agreed.

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