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New-look Kimbe market open

The redeveloped Kimbe Market in West New Britain has been completed.

The Kimbe market redevelopment is a joint initiative of the West New Britain, Australian and New Zealand governments.

It will provide accessible, reliable, and secure market facilities for local people.

The redeveloped market provides increased opportunities for economic security for vendors, their families and communities and accessible market infrastructure for the market users.

It will support ongoing social and economic development and prosperity in the province.

Visitors, patrons, vendors, and their families will benefit from the market’s new amenities.

These include bathrooms, washing areas, storage facilities, improved lighting and safety features, essential sanitary waste management facilities, and better access for people and vehicles.

The minister for Finance and Implementation, Rainbo Paita MP, the Governor for West New Britain Sasindran Muthuvel, Australian High Commissioner, Jon Philp and New Zealand High Commissioner, Peter Zwart officially open the new look market.

Government dignitaries inside the facility after the unveiling of the plaque, from (L-R): Nakanai MP, Francis Maneke, Minister for Finance, and Implementation, Rainbo Paita, West New Britain Governor, Sasindran Muthuvel, Australian High Commissioner, Jon Philp, New Zealand High Commissioner, Peter Zwart and Talasea MP, Freddie Kumai.

Mr Muthuvel said: “The Kimbe Market is a fundamental part of the economic and cultural fabric of West New Britain.

“It brings together people from across the province and is essential to our future prosperity.

“ I am proud and delighted to have witnessed the hard work and contribution of the community and the people the province.

“The redevelopment is an exciting example of our PNG-Australia Partnership delivering community impact for the long term.”

“Infrastructure – like the market – is about prioritising local solutions, local voices, and local participation to drive sustainable development outcomes,” Mr Philp said.

Mr Zwart highlighted in his remarks that the market facility is the result of a strong partnership between the WNB Provincial Government and the Governments of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand that will endure into the future.

“The New Zealand government is proud to have supported the aspirations of the provincial government and the people of the province for the development of a, better, safer, Kimbe market.

“We are confident this vital development will serve as a hub for smallholder farmers and market vendors, particularly women, to grow economic opportunity to improve and sustain their livelihoods,” said Mr Zwart.

Women vendors put out fresh fruits and vegetables for sale in the new market.

The redevelopment creates opportunities for local businesses, jobs and training for workers, including 23 women and five people living with a disability.

Local groups and stakeholders were engaged in consultation and decision making from the outset of the project.