Press Release

APEC PPWE2 aims at empowering women

04/09/2018

The APEC Second Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE2) currently underway-in Port Moresby is aimed at giving Member economies the opportunity to progressive on projects that are designed to encourage female participation in the economy.

PNG Delegates during day two of PPWE2.

The APEC Second Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE2) currently underway-in Port Moresby is aimed at giving Member economies the opportunity to progressive on projects that are designed to encourage female participation in the economy.

One such project initiated by the Unite States is on “Empowering women as managers of the renewable energy sector” and is aiming to support the accelerated career advancement of women in APEC economies that are working in the field of renewable energy.

The objectives of the US Department of Energy led project is to:

  1. To increase skills knowledge and self confidence of mid-level career women working in the energy sector within APEC economies
  2. To improve the skills of female energy specialists on developing sound business plans for renewable advancement in their home economies
  3. To promote more women to high ranks in energy management
  4. Aim to facilitate professional exchanges and peer-to-peer mentoring for long term development

Ms Elena Thomas-Kerr of the US Department of Energy said that this project supports leadership roles to foster women’s economic participation by providing them support that they need to become effective entrepreneurs, employees, decision makers and leaders in a global renewable energy sector.

She said that PPWE project in collaboration with the Energy Working Group supports couple of pillars on skills- capacity building within health and, leadership and agency.

“On the status of the project, we issued the training announcement in mid-May of this year and received 82 applicants of which 50 were selected to initiate an online training program, which began in mid-June.

“The participants began to develop business plans in mid-July and we had 28 business concepts submitted before the deadline in July.

“There’s an online exam for selected candidates to proceed to the next phase of training which was held on August 28 and the finalists will continue to develop their business plans through to October with the support of individual one-on-one mentoring.

“There’s a face-to-face training workshop and business plan pitch before a panel of stakeholders which will be the last week of October in Singapore but even after that, the project will continue,” said Ms Thomas-Kerr.

The renewable energy sources include solar, wind, geothermal, tidal and wave power and for smaller economies like Papua New Guinea, hydropower is one that has huge potential.

PNG’s National Energy Policy (2016-2020) however highlights the gap between local and overseas labour and procurement in the renewable energy sector showing (without indicating male or female) that 20 percent of managerial positions are held by Papua New Guineans, skilled labour stands at 60 percent and semi and unskilled labour at 100 percent.