Newcrest, ABV launch support centre to build business skills
Newcrest Lihir and Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) have launched the Apeketon Business Hub – a business centre that offers tailored, relevant business development pathways and provide services aimed at building sustainable businesses and grow capacity and skills for Lihirians.
Launching the Apeketon Business Hub, executive general manager Lihir and Cadia Craig Jetson welcomed ABV on board, thanking them for a program that has the heart to make a sustainable difference in the lives of people now and into the future in Lihir.
“ABV brings something different to our future journey.
We care about our communities, about our generations to come and certainly about the children who follow on the next generation.
“We have the opportunity and it is programs like this that can actually make a sustainable difference,” Jetson said.
With over 35 years’ experience, ABV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that delivers community focused strengthening programs that strive to use business expertise to build small businesses.
ABV’s register of skilled business professionals volunteer their time and services to work in collaboration with PNG locals supporting the development of small business entrepreneurs while ensuring that business operations suit local culture and deliver lasting outcomes.
ABV’s chief executive officer Liz Mackinlay said through the partnership with Newcrest ABV, will be able to up-skill and mentor Lihirians on their business journey.
“It is our mission to partner with corporates who are committed to positive community outcomes and we’re delighted to partner with Newcrest,” said Mackinlay.
The Apeketon Business Hub offers Lihirians a range of business development services including, money management, business health check, and mentoring.
Representing the business sector in Lihir, Mineral Resources Limited’s (MRL) chief executive officer Lawrence Rausim welcomed ABV, adding that MRL will be working closely with ABV.
Mr Rausim urged the community to make full use of this opportunity to start, develop and strengthen their business ventures, so there is something sustainable post–mining.