More women in informal economy – Solomon

More Government intervention is needed to assist women venture into various forms of business in the informal sector.

This is one of the key messages from Secretary for Community Development Youth and Religion, Anna Solomon.

Secretary Solomon made the call during her presentation on ‘The Importance of the Informal Sector’ at the Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC) National Development Forum today.

She said the informal economy was a key propellant for development and that a more coordinated approach was needed by relevant authorities to promote the sector and more women participation in it.

It was stated that challenges facing the sector included:

  • A narrow range of goods and services that people were involved and not a diverse range as there was a lack of skill or opportunity; and
  • Finding the market for the informal economy to thrive on.

Secretary Solomon says PNG women can do some of the business activities taken up by large retailers.

“In Papua New Guinea if we really want to help our people, we start buying,” said Solomon.

“We don’t Let Tango sew all the uniforms of this country. We support our women sew the uniforms of this country.”

“And its not only uniforms. Hospital bed sheet’s, for a tea towel, for a towel.”

Solomon chairs the Informal Economy Committee where the Government and other partners discuss ways to improve the informal economy through policies or law.

She said the Law Reform Commission is looking at revisions to the law to assist the informal economy.

There are also plans for a voice mechanism for the informal sector so they have representation in the committee.




Cedric Patjole