THE Showcase PNG 2009 featured in Port Moresby over the weekend proved to be the biggest ever trade and entertainment fete.
With a total of 42 organisations that exhibited their products and services, the showcase also included a traditional art and craft market which was a major attraction, showcasing PNG culture at the Sir John Guise Stadium.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop opened the event last Friday which attracted about 20,000 visitors who found the showcase informative, entertaining and especially affordable as many products were on discount sale.
This year’s showcase was mainly focused as a family event featuring attractions for adults and children which included a fun park, performances from Cookie the Clown and the contortionist Ruby Rubber legs.
Adrian Au, general manager of PNGFM and organising committee chairman of Showcase applauded the event over the weekend.
He said that it was an opportunity for business-houses to “showcase what they have to offer” and also an opportunity for the residents of Port Moresby to take their families for an outing for the day in an environment which was well secured and well policed.
Mr Au said this was an idea mooted and executed last year by then PNGFM general manager Peter Aitsi through the Total Events which has been extended to this year and many more years to come.
“The main idea is to provide an avenue for families to have a fun-filled day in an environment of fun-fair with much business flavour for mum and dad to get a glimpse of what PNG businesses have to offer,” Mr Au said.
He said, last year, the event took place for two days, Saturday and Sunday and attracted about 17,000 people who passed through the gates for the occasion.
This year, it ran from Friday to Sunday.
The major sponsors of the event included NCDC, National Gaming and Control Board, Goldmine and Coca-Cola Amatil.
The event saw exhibitions from a wide range of Government and business sectors ranging from motor vehicle companies, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, educational institutions, fashions, electronics and many other fields.