ExxonMobil PNG Limited, operator of PNG LNG Project continues to support local business development through the funding of K166,000 towards the Pacifika Women Network (PWN) Centre.
Located at the Waigani Steamships Compound in Port Moresby, the Network Centre currently caters for 45 stalls which are rented out to local entrepreneurs.
The funding by ExxonMobil PNG will go towards the building of additional stalls including an outdoor market for the micro level businesses.
In a small ceremony held at the PWN network centre, ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director Andrew Barry said the company is always interested in women’s economic empowerment because it believes that when women are empowered, they contribute to change in their families, communities and also contribute to the economy of the country.
The small but significant ceremony was witnessed by women trading at the Network Centre, representatives from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ExxonMobil PNG staff.
PWN provides a platform for women and girls to promote their signature products and services by bringing out their unique styles through fashion and clothing, health and beauty, arts and crafts and PNG cuisine.
PWN founder, Ruth Undi said the Network Centre is already making a difference in the lives of the 45 women entrepreneurs and she hopes to give that same opportunity to other women and girls by building the additional stalls.