9 Sep 2014

Pacific women to reach global markets

5:52 am on 9 September 2014

More Pacific businesswomen will soon be developing and selling their products globally, with help from the International Trade Centre.

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Photo: RNZ / Mary Baines

Its executive director, Arancha Gonzalez, says its Economic Empowerment of Women in the Pacific project will train budding entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa on how to reach the market.

"Helping with capacity building, helping women entrepreneurs how to understand how to tap into finance, and the third one is bringing women entrepreneurs to markets, regional or international, it doesn't matter. The important thing is getting them to markets where they can sell their products or their services."

Ms Gonzalez says as part of the scheme, ITC will pair producers of bilum, or hand-woven bags made in Papua New Guinea, with designers at the London School of Fashion to help them with quality standards.

She says it will also create business links between the hotel, tourism and food industries in Vanuatu to benefit women involved, and push companies in Samoa to tap into government legislation reserving part of public procurement for women's enterprises.