Vendors from in and around Madang town brought their goods earlier this week to sell at the newly opened market, which was officially opened in early July this year.
Early Monday morning, vendors around Madang and nearby provinces, arrived with their market goods, ready to sell at the brand new main Madang Market.
After weeks of delay, the market that was officially opened on July 1 this year by Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Leo Dion, and other delegates including the Japanese Ambassador to PNG, Morio Matsumoto.
The market comes with public toilets and ample shade for the vendors who are mostly woman.
The opening did have its issues however as women from nearby villages were left locked outside the gates and told that there wasn’t enough space for them to occupy.
The market operates on first come first serve basis, and if a vendor is too late to pay for an area within the market, they may have to return with their goods the next day.
Inter-Province migration plays a key factor to these women not been able to occupy market space.
Other provinces are made easily accessible via the main highways that vendors come from different provinces to sell their goods at the market, leaving the locals helpless in their own homes.