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Disability focus

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, November 12, 2012

DISABLED women in the Pacific will be one of the key focus of the Pacific Women in Business conference set to begin on Wednesday.

Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation chief executive officer Mereia Volavola said disabled women's involvement in business could no longer be ignored.

"They are also part of the private sector and also doing their part and working for an honest living," said Ms Volavola.

She said they deserved assistance just like able-bodied business women.

During the upcoming conference, PIPSO will work with government and community representatives. Ms Volavola said the partnership between the private and public sectors was important in any economy and it was time the third important partner, the community was included.

"Any economic development that does not benefit the community and the people needs re-examination," she said.

A number of women entrepreneurs from the Pacific will speak at the conference including Sarah Haoda Todd from PNG, Ellena Tavioni from the Cook Islands, Nannette Tutua from the Solomon Islands, Stella Muller from Samoa, Emeline Afeaki Mafileo from Tonga and many more.

A number of women business group representatives from PNG involved in the heavy transportation industry, coffee and meat industries will also attend.