The National, Thursday 16th May 2013
LAE Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) says it supports the national haus krai initiative.
“We have relied on the statement from the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PNGCCI) that was made yesterday and support the haus krai concept,” LCCI president Alan McLay said in an email message to The National on Tuesday.
“As far as our member companies are concerned, they are the only ones to make a decision on their employees,” McLay said, when asked whether female employees would be given time off from work to participate in the event.
PNGCCI president John Leahy on Monday said the chamber was supportive of the move.
“We view this as a national issue requiring a comprehensive approach,” he said.
Women Arise PNG chief executive officer Sarah Todd said in a statement also on Tuesday that the event was dedicated to remembering and honouring all those who have been victims of violent crimes.
“More importantly, we will be drawing attention to and collectively remembering all those whose lives have been prematurely lost to acts of violence,” she said.
Todd said despite efforts form law enforcement agencies to address the situation, violent crimes continued to grow and became unabated and near systemic.