Under-representation of professional women in leadership and senior management roles constrain women’s opportunities, impedes cultural change, and undermines the capacities and credibility of companies and institutions in the public and private sectors.
Women working in agriculture usually cannot access the finance they need to invest in productivity improvements for their businesses as they do not own traditional collateral, such as land or buildings, that banks require for loans.
Commercially oriented state-owned banks can help provide much-needed financing for businesses in the Pacific, but only if they adhere to commercial principles and regulations, according to PSDI’s latest Finding Balance report.
PSDI experts shared insights from their work supporting improvements to Papua New Guinea’s business environment at the PNG Investment Promotion Authority's first Business Regulators’ Summit in Port Moresby last week.
PSDI’s insight and expertise on improving business access to finance and strengthening Pacific financial systems was shared at the annual meeting of the Association of Financial Supervisors of Pacific Countries (AFSPC) in Nuku’alofa on 4-5 September.
Vanuatu now has a Competition and Consumer Protection Policy. The Council of Ministers recently passed the PSDI-drafted policy, which articulates the government’s goals for developing competitive markets and empowering consumers.