PNG Fashion Festival provides platform for entrepreneurs

SPC’s director of the Social Development Programme-Gender, Culture & Youth Leituala Kuiniselani Toelupe Tago-Elisara. Picture: SPC

PORT MORESBY,14 AUGUST 2018 (POST COURIER) – The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is embarking on its regional culture strategy that provides a platform supporting the emergence of creative entrepreneurs.

According to SPC’s director of the Social Development Programme-Gender, Culture & Youth Leituala Kuiniselani Toelupe Tago-Elisara, this strategy provides the linkages with the key objective of a PNG Fashion Festival.

“This is to provide a platform that supports the emergence of creative entrepreneurs, drives on-going engagements and partnerships and build recognition for the vast protection of each sector within the creative and cultural industries,” said Tago-Elisara.

Fashion designs, creative arts including other fashion entrepreneurship skills is part of the pacific regions culture and SPC aims to see this industry achieving its full potential economically.

Tago-Elisara said the regional culture strategy was designed to strengthen pacific cultures by providing a framework for cultural policy formulation and developments including addressing barriers for culture developments amongst others.

“Culture is also about creating healthy and sustainable livelihoods, it’s about creativity, innovation and growth,” she said.

“Culture therefore underpins all that we do in the context of developments.”

Tago-Elisara reiterated a lot of people in the Pacific region do not know that this strategy existed and through such engagements with the PNG Fashion Festival provides the partnership to promote the visibility of the strategy.

She said they found out through their own research that there is not much in terms of funding support for cultural works because these people see it as the responsibilities of their respective governments.

“We also know that the reality is these sectors are that they are the least resourced sector in governments and therefore we need to look at what regional approach we can take to mobile resources and support implementation on the ground,” said Tago-Elisara.

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