By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV, Port Moresby
A local Manus woman says current developments on the island present business opportunities for Manusian’s.
She says, if people are disciplined, anyone can be successful in running small businesses.
Dorothy Kuso said, the regional processing centre has given locals the opportunity to take part in growing the local economy.
She was a participant of the recent business workshop held in Manus who started her business without having proper skills and knowledge, but has gained a lot after completing the four-month workshop with the help of her daughter.
However, establishing and managing a business in Manus has many unique challenges.
“Manus people have a strong culture and it takes a lot to run a successful business in Manus”, Benjamin Pokarup said.
And with the on-going aid and partnership agreement between Australia, the PNG Government and Manus Provincial Government, Manusian’s must drive the agenda of business, while opportunities are given.
Dorothy Kuso is illiterate but was one of the participants, out of the 150, that graduated with certification from a series of Business Workshop’s under the Coffey International’s Provincial and Local Level Government Program (PLGP) held recently in Lorengau.