By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
The Australian government is funding workshops in Manus to support the development of business skills.
The workshops are part of Australia’s additional aid to Manus Province, valued at approximately AU$37 million (roughly K75 million).
Launched this week by the Australian government and the Manus provincial government, the workshops will assist around 200 people from Manus who are interested in starting or developing a small business.
The workshops are the second series held in Manus since the success of the first workshops in July 2014.
The workshops will provide mentoring and training on topics such as how to prepare a business plan, investigate business opportunities, set goals, manage finances, apply for loans, procure goods and services and market a business.
Manus Province Governor Charlie Benjamin says, “the workshops are an investment opportunity for Manus people in business management.”
The first workshop in Lorengau from 10-11 February hosted around 70 participants from both urban and rural locations.
Training is being provided through Queensland TAFE and will continue in one-week sessions over the next four months.