The Annual SME awards of Papua New Guinea has reached the halfway milestone with four more weeks remaining for nominations.
Strategic Communications trading as the PNG SME Magazine spokesperson Nancy Lai made the announcement during a corporate strategy session with executives of the Poreporena Women’s SME Association of Hanuabada in NCD.
Ms Lai said the nomination e-basket has been inundated with a flurry of nominations since the launch on June 27, by Prime Minister James Marape in partnership with the South Pacific Post.
She said there were more women-owned businesses nominated in all 22 categories and that this was a common trend in 2020 and 2021.
“Apart from Tourism, Food Services, Building, Construction and ICT ‘Digital’, we have nominations that have come through for the women-centric categories such as the UNDP ARoB Women of Influence Award, the UNDP Innovative & Sustainable Women Entrepreneur Solution Award, the MiBank Market Meri Award, the Kina Bank Micro Women and SME Women Award and the Women’s Micro Bank Janet Sape Leadership Award Category,” she said.
Ms Lai said the UNCDF Champion of Change Award was fashioned to celebrate an innovative-oriented organization be it a Company, Sole Trader, Partnership or Association that was using digital technology to create change and socio-economic good.
“The Champion of Change Award strongly believes in connecting, educating and empowering women entrepreneurship development, economic empowerment, micro and SME initiatives on capacity building, incubating and access to finance.
This award recognizes remarkable innovators doing just that. It will be awarded to the best PNG Champion of Change working in digital and technology to improve sustainability, accessibility, inclusion or equality,” she explained.