Entries by Benjamin Blackshaw

2019 Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue Communique

We, the participants of the Pacific Connect Business Network Dialogue, met in Port Moresby on Monday, 1 April and Tuesday, 2 April 2019 at the invitation of the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP). The Dialogue was co-facilitated by Mr Andrew Carriline, Chair of Pacific Connect Business Network Council, and Mr John Pora, Direction of NIUGENE PNG Ltd, and supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Who is Tok Stret?

As a girl from a village in Kompri, near Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, I spent 25 years in Lae working for other people until I followed my dreams and passion to work on improving our PNG people, businesses and industry. That was the inception of Tok Stret Consulting, just on two years ago.

PNG 2019 Dialogue – Endless Opportunities

It began with a message: “This is your time to unleash your own story within the Papua New Guinean story, a nation that has gone from the Stone Age to the Digital Age within a generation. The growth is remarkable, and with it the opportunities are endless.”

Pacific Connect Network Dialogue – Vanuatu Communiqué

We, the participants of the Pacific Connect Network Dialogue, met in Port Vila, Vanuatu on Monday, 11 March and Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at the invitation of the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP). The Dialogue was co-facilitated by Dr Ian Watt AC, Professor Ian Young AO, Mr Taholo Kami and Mr Fred Samuel and supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

IT and Pacific Women in Business

I recently attended my first Pacific Connect Dialogue with the wonderful members of ICDP and GAP.  We had an interesting dialogue on women in business and digital delivery in the Pacific Islands.  The discussions focused on challenges faced by business women using IT in their daily lives, be it for work, education or pleasure, and what that means for their businesses, children and families as well as society.

Innovation and leadership in Pacific business

The dialogue gave me clarity on my views for the future of what women in business could achieve to contribute in our own countries and within our local communities. I believe if all like-minded women were given this opportunity, it would pave the way for future leaders being empowered by a great support network.