Sape: Local women entrepreneurs missing out

Business, Normal

The National, Wednesday 5th June 2013

 PAPUA new Guinean women are missing out on many economic opportunities, PNG Women in Business (PNGWiB) president and founder Janet Sape says.

She said over the weekend that the WiB were working alongside the women’s council to raise issues that hinder women from venturing into business.

“Fruit and vegetable importation is affecting local business people, especially women who can grow and supply the crop to the supermarkets.

“It is unfair on women who are struggling to do business.

“We need to promote the cottage industries because our women are good at tailoring, hire services and food bars.

She said local women should be encouraged to identify their business activities and establish networks with counterparts overseas.

Sape recently received the leadership equity and diversity (LEAD) award and US$10,000 after being nominated for her efforts to empower women economically in settlements and rural areas.

PNG Women in Business will be hosting a gala night this Friday for all interested business women to participate and promote each other’s business.

“On that night, I will also share my experiences as the first female in the PNG and Pacific to have received the LEAD award.”