The National Research Institute today launched a case study of women traders in Papua New Guinea.
The research aims to contribute to the implementation of the National Informal Economy Policy from the perspective of women’s participation, and business advancement in the local market or economy.
The report presented today looked at women doing business in the informal sector.
Researcher and author of the report Dr. Yunxian Wang, said the research identifies the linkages between rural production and markets, the barriers to advancement from petty trading to microbusinesses, and the gaps between the existing policy promise and practice, as well as recommending policy interventions.
She said the implementation of the National Informal Economy Policy was the main reason behind the research.
A total of 244 women traders in six open markets in Port Moresby, were interviewed for the research where ten cases were selected and followed up with in-depth discussions, to understand the conditions, constraints and experiences in business advancement.
Recommendations were also put forward specifically to support informal trading and the informal economy in policy and practice, enhance supporting system and institutions for informal business to graduate to small and formal businesses, empower and positively discriminate in favor of indigenous citizens, analyze the advantage of PNG women doing business, and support larger scale production .
Fresh Produce Development Agency Chairman, Fabian Chow before launching the report said the report had great potential as it will provide a way to analyze market systems in PNG.
He also said he was very impressed with the research and said the research will now provide a way for good policy making in the industry.
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