The National, Friday November 8th, 2013
By SHIRLEY MAULUDU
BUSINESS-minded Papua New Guinean women and entrepreneurs will be given a helping hand on how to start, register and operate their businesses by the PNG Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PNGWCCI).
Chamber president Linda Sincha Paru said this during the “debut” of the association in Port Moresby on Wednesday night.
Paru said the association aimed to empower female business owners by giving them the skill, connections and guidance on how to succeed.
“Like some of us during the start up of our businesses, most women today do not know how to meet the IPA (Investment Promotion Authority) requirements, or meet tax compliances.
“As we are on an advantaged footing now, some of us would like to help others through the start up and management of their businesses,” Paru said.
PNG Chamber of Commerce and Industry president John Leahy said PNGWCCI could also use the affiliation members of PNGCCI to expand and create network for the association.
“PNGCCI is affiliated with other chambers of commerce and industry within the Asia-Pacific region.
PNGWCCI could expand its network using these affiliations that PNGCCI has within the region and others, Leahy said.
Wife of Prime Minister Peter O’Neil, Lynda May Babao, was announced as PNGWCCI Patron.
The PNGWCCI interim board included Linda Sincha Paru, president; Janet Roland Sios, vice-presidetn; Avia Koisen, secretary; Theresia Bob, treasurer; and Amanda Donogi, public relations director.
PNGWCCI will help small-to-medium enterprises grow.
The association would also help women in advancing their business interests and provide them know-how to elevate the informal business sector to the formal sector.