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Entrepreneurs Call On Government for SME Support

Papua New Guineans engaged in SMEs in Madang are raising concerns over the lack of training and the dissemination of information available to them.

They say it is difficult to get the right information and acquire the required skills needed in order to venture further in their businesses.

Most of the entrepreneurs also raised the need to get more information on how they can get loans as start-up capital.

More than 100 entrepreneurs from the 6 Districts of Madang were part of a two-week training program on SMEs.

The training is aimed at up-skilling them, as well as providing them with information to help them grow their business.

It is a two-week training organised by Eco Tourism Consultation Services.

Facilitator, Francis Steven, said the program was started in 2013 as an avenue for Papua New Guineans to have access to the right kind of information.

“We need information to make decisions,” Steven told EMTV News today.

It is also a way of helping most Papua New Guineans who are still trying to make ends meet every day.

Papua New Guineans engage in projects like poultry, betelnut selling, and other informal businesses that need to have the skills to grow.

Another concern raised is foreigners taking over small businesses meant only for locals.

26-year-old Sophie Walegik Kapu was a participant in the training.

She says the training is vital for women who have ideas to start up small projects, but who lack support.

Another participant, 50-year-old Emma Bodo, has been running her own business for 20 years.

She said in her 20 years she has encountered too many problems. Saying no one was willing to provide her with the right information.

She said she is not the only one facing this problem and it is about time the National Government, through its SME policy, must take it seriously.

“We need to support our people,” said Bodo.

Meanwhile, the two-week training will end on Friday with the presentation of certificates to participants.

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