Press Release

Dynamic approach promoted to boost womens participation

16/05/2018

Papua New Guinea has not shied away from the digital discussion because it welcomes the idea that technology has the ability to provide opportunities that have the potential to change the way women participate in the economy.

The meeting on Policy Partnership on Women in Economy (PPWE) commenced this morning at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Port Moresby with a dynamic approach to promote women in economy.

PNG APEC Senior Official Lahui Ako in his welcome address said it stands true that in order to find solutions, root causes must firstly be understood.

Papua New Guinea has not shied away from the digital discussion because it welcomes the idea that technology has the ability to provide opportunities that have the potential to change the way women participate in the economy.

PNG APEC Senior Official Lahui Ako in his welcome address at the opening day of the workshop on Policy Partnership on Women in Economy (PPWE) today said it stands true that in order to find solutions, root causes must firstly be understood.

“In 2018 under the theme 'Harnessing inclusive opportunities, embracing the digital future', PNG has three policy priorities- the second priority mainly on sustainable inclusive growth enforces our commitment to not only give prominence to gender issues but to add value to on-going discussions on harnessing the full potential of women’s contribution to the economy through economic empowerment and greater inclusion.

“As we work towards our goal of free and open trade in the region, we continue to champion the message that in order to achieve this goal we must ensure that no one is left behind.

“The gender smart workplaces workshop is one of such initiatives that adds value to discussions and allows us as a region to highlight the issues that affects women’s health and safety at the workplace,” said Mr Ako.

The two-day PPWE workshop is based on the theme “Gender Smart Workplaces: Building and Promoting Workplace, safety and Inclusivity to enhance women’s economic participation and productivity” and recognizes the need for a dynamic approach to PNG’s inclusivity agenda based on the 2018 APEC theme.