Today’s e-newsletter covers a range of topics: urgent meeting announcements, information on upcoming workshops and our current lobbying work and more. Its a long one, but worth reading until the end.
Q&A Meeting with Shefa Council on Business License Fees for 2021
Shefa’s Secretary General Morris Kaloran is inviting all businesses with a SHEFA Business License to a meeting this Thursday April 2021 from 2 – 3:30pm at the SHEFA Council Chamber. All businesses operating in SHEFA are encouraged to attend and to bring any questions that they have along to this open floor forum.
Our free April workshops are live!
Our April workshops are already listed up on our website, click here to view. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops and have not yet registered, please do so now due to limited spaces available. All workshops are free for the business community. You can also call Reception on 27543 to register over the phone.
Please note that due to a number of people confirming their attendance to our workshops in the previous few weeks then not turning up that we may be forced to not allow these individuals to register for future workshops. Please remember if you register and do not turn up, you have taken away the opportunity from another person who would have gladly taken your seat. Please be sure you are able to attend before you register. Thank you.
COVID-19 Safe Business Operations (SBO)
If you are in Port Vila you may have seen our team in green (see above photo) canvasing the streets letting businesses know about our upcoming Safe Business Operations workshops. VCCI has been working with its coalition partners (APTC, Department of Tourism, World Vision, Vanuatu Skills Partnership, VIT) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to get you prepared for the eventual opening of borders.
Workshops will be run in Port Vila and around Efate in the coming weeks by our team, from left, Yannick, Candyce, Carolyn, Andrew and Julie.
If you haven’t been visited yet, contact Manassa at Reception on 27543. The team will be on their way to Santo and Tanna next month. For more information call us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobbying for Government support
If you follow us on Facebook you would have seen our brave members sharing their stories on how COVID-19 has affected their businesses, and how much a helping hand from the Government is needed right now. For many its crunch time as their loans are called in from their banks. Read more below. .
FM 107’s Karim Maher says his radio stations lost almost half their revenue when the Covid pandemic hit. He’s fought to keep his staff, but loans are being called in. “We are a family”, but without government assistance, his family may be pulled apart. It’s crunch time. The VCCI’s proposed wage subsidy could make all the difference.
Click here to view his video:
Government by the people, for the people. That’s something Sammy Brown believes in strongly. He lost his taxi business to the Covid pandemic. He now drives a friend’s bus to feed his family. But it’s not enough. Even that income has halved in the past year. He says with the government’s financial position in surplus, it’s time they helped those who need it most. He wants a support scheme for small businesses.
Click here to view his video:
We ask that you share these links to your own networks, and we encourage anyone with a similar story to get in touch. We need your stories to inform the Government of the very real situation so many of you are in right now. We are pushing for an economic stimulus scheme as hard as we can, now that a 7.2 billion underspend surplus from 2020 has been reported by the Government. We need this assistance now, more than ever.
Email Adrian at email@example.com with your story or contact details.
Thank you for reading,
The VCCI team