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04 September 2014


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What an uplifting discussion on the subject which is slowly but surely getting some serious attention from the government through Ministers like Hon Richard Maru.

The involvement of women in this sector, I agree, has long been ignored Obed Ikupu, you are absolutely spot on in this regard.

This is a good article Busa, I agree with your arguments and will be sharing this with my colleagues at NARI.

Our mandate to smallholder farmers allows us to work with people in the informal economy. It already exists, but our policy makers have not recognised it because their too busy slobbering over the LNG money inter alia.

The kind of assessments you are making of the economy are critical to providing redirection of the overarching policy that should enable small businesses in service, industry and agriculture to thrive.

It would be useful to get into email contact with you. Keith may provide you with my email address.

Although the kind of name may have some influences, what matters most is a an appropriate, conducieve and achievable policy for the sector. Hon. Richard Maru should be commended for taking the issue head-on in his term as the Minister for Trade and Commerce. At least a policy is initially in place so that it can be reviewed and ammended as necessary to drive the sector to a differrent level in future.

The lack of women in business has been a major set-back for financial capital and economic development in Papua New Guinea for a very long time.

The cultural and social norm that accepts non-conformance to gender equality is reprehensible to the country by which affects the female population to effectively deliver efforts to fully satisfy the shared visions of the government and people.

With financial inclusion being the major issue in addressing women's empowerment among other module components of economic growth, it is the SME sector and the informal economy that fills the gap of the barriers to societal norms thus harnessing responsible participation of all women folk to overcome the gaps of financial capital.

According to an article of women participation in the informal economy, women in the rural (and most urban settings) areas mounting over the thousands contribute tremendously to this sector of economic activity.

For instance the informal economy gives opportunities for women and girls to sell their goods and horticulture commodities on the curbs, bus stops, streets, etc to generate revenue.

With minimum legislation and regulation from the governmental authorities, the informal economy has soared over the years with increasing participation of the women folk but has never expanded into new ventures up to date.

The flaw to this is that it signals a deeply rooted problem for gender equality issues that retrofits labour inputs in offices for men to enjoy a higher wage while the womenfolk scramble over the tricklings of the cash chain in the scorching heat of the sun.

If it is the case for women in business, the intention to overcome such a division in labour inputs is to redirect the opportunity shelving custom then empower women and proclaim a shift in labour input effort.

Loujaya Kouza should worry about bigger problems like this rather than being politically correct.

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