Press Release

Potential market for Papua New Guinea leather industry in APEC

28/02/2018

Papua New Guinea's leather craft is getting its own exposure in the sidelines of the ongoing APEC First Senior Officials' and Related Meetings in Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea's leather craft is getting its own exposure in the sidelines of the ongoing APEC First Senior Officials' and Related Meetings in Port Moresby.

Leather craft is directly under the Small and Medium Enterprise Initiative programme of the government of Papua New Guinea.

The Port Moresby-based business sells 100% leather such as sandals, cowboy-inspired hats, belts and key chains.

Marketing & Sales officer Marie Kalogo said that the leather is imported from overseas but the actual manufacturing and craftsmanship on the processed material is done locally.

"Our own manpower and manufacture measures help display and sell our products, also giving an opportunity to our own Papua New Guineans to showcase a little piece of PNG flavour to visiting delegates."

Kalogo said that Papua New Guinea could utilize its own resources to produce large-scale leather tenures based and operating from within its economy.

"Leather production is a promising product that will boost our economy and we have the manpower but lack the market. APEC is a potential pathway for the advancement of the leather industry for Papua New Guinea."

The SOM1 and Related Meetings for APEC 2018 is a great platform of exposure for this small medium enterprise as it portrays our economy's ability to identify demands and use.

"APEC is a passage to the global market for Papua New Guineans," said Kalogo.

The booth at Stanley Hotel is open for three days until March 1, 2018.

*For more information, please contact the APEC Co-ordination Authority SME Team Email: msmeexpo@apec2018png.org