New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins was given a rousing welcome when he visited Gordons Market at 10am this morning.
Not precisely a red carpet welcome, but the joy, laughter, cheers and energy of the people was enough to relay a message to the people of New Zealand, that their investment in gifting Gordons Market to PNG, has played a significant role in the empowerment of the people of PNG.
As highlighted by NCD Governor Powes Parkop, who accompanied Prime Minister Hipkins, fresh fruits & vegetables from other parts of PNG are either shipped or air freighted to Gordons Market to meet the food demands of NCD residents.
He said Gordons Market will continue to be the empowerment factor for small to medium enterprise and the informal sector.
Vendors, mothers, women, children, Papua New Guineans from all walks of life as well as members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary were honoured with the visit by New Zealand Prime Minister and his entourage.
Mr Hipkins paid a 30-minute visit to the market on his way to the FIPIC Meeting venue at the APEC House in Port Moresby.
Gordons Market, PNG’s largest market was built with funding from the New Zealand Government.
The Acting Officer in Charge of Gordons Community Policing, First Constable Benjamin Dominic, said members of the Constabulary as well as the public were gathered as early as 7am this morning to ensure that the market and surrounding areas was ready for the visit.