A new pilot program which aims to strengthen grassroots business connections between Australia and PNG women under the PNG-Australia Partnership has been launched.
The pilot program, called Laikim Sister, is an immersive business exchange which brings together 10 Indigenous Australian and 10 Papua New Guinean female business owners across the traditional foods/medicine, cultural tourism and creative industries.
During the program, the women will spend a week in each country over October and November, exploring shared narratives and identities between cultures to spark business innovation in these women’s industries.
Laikim Sister is unique in that it weaves together participants’ cultural, gender and business identities and experiences to inform business growth and innovation.
During these exchanges the women will participate in immersive experiences that offer new business ideas and creative practices, cultural and personal storytelling that facilitate long-term connections beyond the professional realm, and workshops which provide practical business tools that support participants to take action.
Laikim Sister – used in both Tok Pisin and Torres Strait language and means love, care for, look after your sister, which is what this program endeavours to foster amongst participants.