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Thursday 2 July 2015 | Published in Regional


PORT MORESBY – As Papua New Guinea counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the start of the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games, the whole country is getting ready to deliver.

The anticipation of business opportunities the Games will bring has been growing in all sectors of society. More than 300 vendors have registered their names through the health division at the National Capital District to sell their products during the Games.

The coordinator for food and safety, Silas Jonathan, said people know the Games could be good for business.

“The 2015 Pacific Games provides a very big opportunity to make money for the informal sectors, but at the same time, it is important to maintain personal hygiene when serving goods to consumers, especially cooked foods,” Jonathan said.

Jonathan said only people who have attended the training will be selected to sell their goods at certain designated locations if they meet certain requirements.

“This training provides a bigger chance for the applicants to be screened and selected as soon as possible,” Jonathan said.

The training which was conducted by the Health Division for the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) aims to educate vendors about being hygiene conscious when selling their goods to consumers.

Vendors will be allocated to Unagi Oval, Jack Pidi Park, Kumal Avenue and possibly Murray Barracks.

More than 50 vendors in Moresby North participated in training organised by the NCDC at the Red Cross.

Many people from other provinces have also flown into Port Moresby to sell their products. Ralu Suma from Southern Highlands, one of the country’s 22 provinces, is one of them.

Suma said he knows it will be a good opportunity for him to sell his baskets and local builms, a traditional woven bag.

The businessman said he has spent a lot of money to buy the baskets and to have them shipped by air freight to the capital.

He said he hopes the Games will bring lots of tourists who will buy his merchandise.