PNG women head for business training in Indonesia

NINE Papua New Guinean women recently left for Jakarta, Indonesia, attending a five week business training program specifically designed for women from developing countries.
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The program, Global Women in Management (GWIM) is run by US company Plan International and supported by operator of the PNG LNG project, ExxonMobil PNG under parent company ExxonMobil's Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative.

The nine women, Kore Tau, Elizabeth Taurega, Margaret Aila, Miriam Gai, Ruth Kissam, Theresa Gizoria, Miriam Layton, Shirley Iragali and Rita Paru are attending the workshop from April 18 to May 13.

ExxonMobil said the workshop brought together women from diverse cultures and countries to share, examine and adapt best practices worldwide for expanding women's economic opportunities and meeting the needs of their communities and countries.

Strengthening competencies in project and financial management, proposal writing, leadership and advocacy are some of the skills that the women will learn during the workshop.

On the eve of their departure to Indonesia, Margaret Aila said: "I am excited to attend the GWIM program and I thank ExxonMobil PNG for the opportunity to attend this leadership training and I hope to gather as much information as I could so I could share that with other women in my organisation when I return."

Tau Kore said she was looking forward to building her skills so she can could back and assist her community improve their livelihood.

ExxonMobil PNG MD Andrew Barry congratulated the women on their selection to attend the workshop in Jakarta.

"Over the past five years, we have provided support for local women to participate in this program in Indonesia and Washington, DC, and they have made huge contributions to their communities on their return to Papua New Guinea. I am excited to see what the women who attend this year's conference will achieve," Barry said.

Since 2006, 53 Papua New Guinean women have benefited from the GWIM training held in Indonesia and Washington, and the latest delegation will bring the number to 62.

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