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Seasonal workers programme to feature at business forum

Posted On: Tuesday, 9 May 2017

PORT MORESBY,08 MAY 2017 (POST COURIER)--- The seasonal workers programme will come under the spotlight during the 33rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum. The forum will be held at the Stanley Hotel, in Port Moresby from May 14-16.

“There has been a lot of talk about this programme.

“A lot of information gone out but people have not been able to see impact of the scheme on the everyday lives of Papua New Guineans.

“I am delighted to say that we have Susan Jenkins from the Ironbark Citrus Limited who will be speaking.”

“It’s the only farm in Australia that employs seasonal workers and she will give a roundup of when they started employing Papua New Guineans.”

“She will also highlight on how they are contributing to their company and generally what is the vision of this company,” the executive director of the Business Council of PNG Douveri Henao said.

Henao said another cool aspect of this session is that participants will have the opportunity to hear firsthand of the experiences of a woman who had participated in this programme and who had worked on Ms Jenkins farm.

“Celestine Geniembo worked on this farm between 2014/15.

She has an interesting perception about the program, what she learnt and how that had changed her income stream and opportunities when she returned to her home in Manus,” the executive director said. Secretary of the Department of Labour and Employment Mary Morola and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Solomon Kunther are also expected to give policy updates on this programme. Their Australian counterpart Brian Weiss from the Department of Employment is also expected to give a presentation on the next steps of this programme....PACNEWS



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