The virtual information-sharing sessions focused on the Request for Applications (RFA) on “Transitioning Local Micro and Small Businesses to an Aggregation Ecommerce Platform as an Economic Response Strategy to COVID-19.”
The countries included in the program are Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
The sessions shared the details and process of the tender, how to answer all questions from interested, established and potential applicants who wanted to know how they could help local entrepreneurs and microenterprises migrate their businesses online.
UNCDF PNG Country Head Jagdeep Dahiya told participants it was a great initiative to start supporting e-commerce in the country.
âWe will support several projects as long as they have an impact and put PNG on the path to the digital economy. We expect partners to contribute not only in cash, but also in kind, such as qualified staff and giving them time, âhe said.
Participants in the sessions were representatives from Trainertrac, Emstret Holdings Limited, Asian Development Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, ICT Department, Bank of the South Pacific , Datec and the Department of Agriculture and Livestock.
This initiative was part of the socio-economic response of UNCDF and UNDP to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.