Supplier development involves purchasing local goods and services, including the provision of timber, plant and equipment hire, and community development projects, as well as transferring knowledge and skills to increase the capability of PNG suppliers to meet global standards.
In 2010, we helped to establish the Enterprise Centre, a business resource center that provides business training, mentoring and advisory services to local businesses, while compiling a local supplier database for the Project. Landowner companies, known as lancos, are the primary focus of supplier development, but the Centre’s services are open to all PNG businesses at low or no cost. The Enterprise Centre has assisted 16,700 entrepreneurs through the Enterprise Centre’s business support program, supporting the development of capable, nationally competitive service companies.
2.48 billion Kina (U.S. $1.1 billion) spent with landowner companies as at the end of 2013
1,556 Papua New Guinean businesses registered on the Project’s Supplier Dashboard
9,300 training days spent on developing lancos and local suppliers through the Enterprise Centre
10.31 billion Kina (U.S. $4.6 billion) total in-country spend as of the end of 2013
Emmy’s Bakery and Catering Services (EBCS) is one of the local catering companies that used the Enterprise Centre to train its employees. After gaining a contract with the Project, EBCS’s growth and development opportunities expanded and its staff doubled. Based on this solid foundation, the company has plans to enter the fresh produce wholesale supply sector to help to help benefit village produce growers and local consumers. “We have the training, knowledge and experience now to expand in this industry,” says Edward Mimino, who started EBCS with his wife. “Then we want to branch into training and skills development, teaching Papua New Guineans how to make nutritious meals from a meager budget.”
Learn more about how PNG-LNG has helped Emmy's Bakery business grow by watching this short video.