The APEC Coordination Authority (ACA) has embarked on a number of awareness programs at educational institutions in Port Moresby. They are the “APEC Roadshows” currently held at secondary schools and the “APEC Lecture Series” by ACA Director-General Sir Charles Lepani held at tertiary institutions.

As a lead up to the recent APEC Women and the Economy Forum held recently, Port Moresby National High School Grade 12 students from the Business Studies strand took part in the discussions on the importance of women’s economic empowerment and inclusivity in PNG and the APEC region.

The APEC Roadshow setting was a mock forum, where students acting as delegates from the 21 APEC economies presented their views on the agenda and steered by the Chair for the Policy Partnership on Women and Economy Fredrick Tamarua from the APEC Secretariat.

Business Studies teacher Mrs. Getrude Barewo said the interactive session was a practical exercise to enhance the knowledge of what the students have been learning in the classroom.

“Having such an awareness program on economic development; especially for women in PNG and in the region has been very informative and empowering for the students,” she said.

A quiz followed the discussions to gauge feedback to evaluate the outcomes of the awareness program.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Tapioca Delight, owned by Ginia Sialis and Central Mamina, owned by Nellie Varmari were also a highlight of the program, promoting “women-entrepreneurs who are contributing to the economic development” of PNG. Both MSMEs are staunch supporters of APEC Roadshow, who sponsored prizes for the quiz and raffle.