By Meriba Tulo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Moresby South Electorate remains keen on supporting entrepreneurs build their businesses. This was the assurance given by Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko, when speaking at the official handover of the Puma Service Station at Koki, to a new owner.
Bay49, the company that operates the Koki Fish market, has officially been given management of the Koki Puma depot.
The Koki fuel depot will operate 24 hours.
Koki market was filled with excitement this morning (Wednesday, 15th of August 15, 2018), as the sizable crowd gathered to witness the handover of the service station, from Puma Energy to local SME, Bay 49.
Whilst this local SME had been operating the service station under an agreement utilising Puma Energy fuel cards, as of today, the Koki service station will now accept cash payments as well – signifying the entrance of Bay 49 as a fully-fledged service station under the Puma brand.
According to Puma Energy General Manager, Hulala Tokome, this venture by Bay 49 is a positive step for SMEs in the country, with Puma also keen on partnering with more SMEs in the fuel retail business
Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko, was also present, and encouraged bay 49 owner, Geelong Auma, to continue looking for opportunities to grow his business.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop also called on the people of Moresby South to continue their support for SMES such as Bay49, which he said were critical to improving the lives people in NCD.
For Bay49 Owner and Managing Director, Geelong Auma, their entry into the competitive fuel retail business is one that will be challenging, but he is confident that with the support of a committed team, they will be successful.