By Mickey Kavera – EM TV, Port Moresby
Revenue generation in Maprik district, East Sepik province is largely dependent on the small to medium enterprise sector.
However, vendors bringing in revenue with the sale of goods do it tough.
They do not have a proper vending area to do their business but are charged a hefty K300 a year by the town authority for setting up stalls.
Local female vendors feel mistreated by the town authority.
“We feel that this is daylight robbery, as our money is not being put to good use by the town authority.
“We sit next to the road in the sun and rain just to make money to pay for our children’s school fees.”
The town authority needs to take notice of this and improve the vending area and the town market as well.
Maprik MP John Simon says the redevelopment of the town market will begin this year, while the vendors’ concerns will be looked at and venues will be made more conducive for business.