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Five West Papuan Entrepreneurs Graduate from 30-days Business Launch Challenge

Port Moresby: Five West Papuan refugees sponsored by the Migrants and Refugees (M&R) Desk of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands were among nine successful graduands from the 30 Day BIZ launch challenge on June 12 2024, at Gate Way Hotel.

(30 Day Business Launch Challenge Graduation: From left, West Papuan Participant, Mr. Paul Pluto Kosnan receiving his Certificate from CBC PNGSI Migrants & Refugee Desk's Director, Mr. Jason Siwat)

With only a maximum of five-hundred thousand (500,000) job opportunities in the formal sector in Papua New Guinea, the program was launched to enable entrepreneurs to venture into the informal sector to start up small scale businesses to help society.

During the opening speech, the Pacific Fund Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Des Yaninen guaranteed the new SME Directors that they have made the right choice to be part of his platform as it has the interest of foreign Business Investors in its grasp who are willing to help grow business ideas in the country.

He concluded by encouraging the graduating entrepreneurs to work hard and grow their businesses as he explained that respect in the society today is given only to a person with regards his/her financial status.

Supporting his statement was Keynote speaker of the event and Director of Zimcare Ltd, Mr Anton Denis who shared similar sentiments.

“In order for such reality to come to pass, there are three stages. The first one being the thinking stage, followed by putting the ideas into action, in order to achieve the final stage which is the product(s) or result” he said.

Mr Denis also highlighted that the business world has three spheres. The first one is where people are working for someone else, followed by the one who creates employment for others (entrepreneurs), and the third one is where one lets his/her money work for him/ her. 

On the other hand, CBC Migrants & Refugees Desk Director Mr. Jason Siwat revealed that his Desk is planning to send more participants to be part of the program in the near future. And this time it would not only be West Papuan Communities within Port Moresby, but also in other camps in the country. 

Mr Siwat believes that in doing so, it will help greatly to empower and create opportunities for these underprivileged or disadvantaged people in the country.

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