POM Women Vendors Request to Run Waigani Market

Women Vendors residing in Port Moresby have queried if the Waigani Market area could be given to them to manage and operate.

The women, who are members of the PNG Women in Business, have lobbied through Executive Director Janet Sape, to run the market.

They raised this issue with NCD Governor Powes Parkop, during the PNG Women in Business Graduation yesterday.

Following the burning down of market and second hand goods section last month, women vendors in the informal sector were badly affected.

Their concerns were echoed by Business woman, Janet Sape who owns a Second Hand Clothing shop at the Waigani Market area. They wanted a proper shelter to be constructed to house the vendors.

During the PNG Women in Business Graduation ceremony, the women, through leader Janet Sape, raised this point again.

In his response, NCD Governor Powes Parkop, told the women that certain portions of the land at Waigani Market had been sold out to private land title holders, and as such, he cannot do much.

Governor Parkop said as state land is limited to construct more markets, the next option is to partner with customary land holders who are willing to lease their land.

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