The much waited newly built Munda market has been handed over to the Western Provincial Government this week by UN Women Market for Change Project and CAUSE Project. The market facilities included two new market stalls, public toilet, footpath in and around the market, office space, perimeter fencing and shoreline protection.
The handing over marks a big milestone in the development of market vendors who will use the facilities.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony UN Women National Project Coordinator Mrs. Alvina Erekali said UN Women is pleased to see the market finally completed and handed over to the recipient. The new market will definitely help the vendors in and around Munda as they will be using a big space and proper facilities to display their products.
Meanwhile Munda market vendors association president Mrs. Lauretta Nasala thanked UN Women and CAUSE Project for the gift which definitely will increase the participation of women in economic development.
Other speakers includes Justus Deni City Clerk Honiara City Council, Cris Afable Project Manager CAUSE Project HCC and Sam Belamide Project Manager CAUSE MID.
Responding on behalf of the Western Provincial Government Lisa Wong of Women’s Division said for many years vendors have been using a run-down building and the market itself was getting smaller.
The new market will serve a population of more than 2000 people including tourist who frequently visited Munda. As a growing township, markets provide an important venue which people congregate to buy fresh grown fruits, vegetables and other products. As population grows and development increases markets no doubt will become crucial to the livelihood of the population.
Mrs. Wong continue to say that whilst markets are considered to be venues for selling products, they are also a source of revenue for rural population. It provides a venue in which wealth is created for rural development.
The Western Provincial Government believes that makers are important to the livelihood of its populace therefore in its current policy it fully endorses and welcome the construction of market buildings. It also wishes to see the development of old markets and construction of at least 3 o4 more facilities at viable locations.
The new market facilities was constructed by CAUSE Project and was funded by UN Women through AusAID and Canadian Fund and supported by NZAID, World Bank and Hon. Silas Tausinga.