The call was reiterated by the CEO of the Manufacturers Council of PNG, Chey Scovell, as the most important one when it comes to national economic growth and prosperity in the country.
“Too often we see so many of our people walking around buying low quality imported products or even reasonable quality products,” Mr Scovell.
“The call that we put to action is that we want every office of a politician, secretary, statutory authority, and business in Papua New Guinea to support local jobs and locally made.
“How many times do we walk into a board room or meeting room and find biscuits from Indonesia, biscuits and water from Fiji, biscuit and water from Malaysia, soft drinks from Singapore.
“We don’t need to be spending our money on that and the reality is that the PNG made goods are not more expensive.”
He said that even in cases where PNG products were a bit more expensive, it adds value for money in terms of knowing the products assist in helping the local community by creating stable jobs.
Following recent downstream processing facilities opened by Innovative Agro Industries, the commercialisation of the galip nut and further investments in the increased footprint of major food and specialised companies, the indications of a growing manufacturing based will cite more options for local consumption and price affordability.
The call came in line with earlier comments from Scovell of a revival in the manufacturing sector in the country, a good indication he said should be taken further by the local consumers in supporting the growth. Post Courier/ PNGfacts