Upcoming Events

How To Use Facebook and Instagram To Drive Sales In Business Workshop

Pacific Trade Investment (PTI) Australia is hosting a Social Media Masterclass in Port Vila on Thursday 12 March 2020, focusing on how to use Facebook and Instagram to drive sales for your business. E-commerce refers to buying or selling products and services using the internet. It opens up exciting opportunities for businesses in Vanuatu to connect with international markets and is becoming an important way for businesses in the Pacific to trade with the rest of world. It’s important that exporters in Vanuatu consider how online channels fit into their business sales strategy. Social media provides a relatively cost effective option to both create awareness and drive sales. The workshop will be facilitated by Heather Porter, a social media expert who specialises in helping businesses…

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry Council Elections 2020

On Monday 30 March 2020 the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be holding its Annual General Meeting. At this meeting there will be a total of seven (7) seats on the Council available for members to fill. Did you know? The Council is comprised of 16 members of the private sector, experienced in managing their own businesses and dedicated to advancing their industry sectors. By serving on the Council you will be able contribute to the strategic direction of the VCCI. Recognized for your contributions in the business community, becoming a Council member will enable you to support VCCI in its mission to develop and support economic growth for all business types in Vanuatu. The Council is comprised of 16 elected positions, each…

Celebrating a successful workshop with Provincial Officers and Entrepreneurs

From Tuesday 14 January through to Friday 17 January Provincial Officers from the Departments of Tourism, Cooperatives, and Industry, along with selected business owners from every province attended a four-day ‘Mentoring Micro Small Medium Enterprises’ workshop at the Grand Hotel in Port Vila. Over 30 attendees were present to hear the words of the Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business as he emphasized the need for Provincial Officers from all departments to work together and assist in the development of the country’s Private Sector. The objective of the workshop was to build capacity that supports the development of business management and technical skills, as well as encourage Ni Vanuatu businesses to develop their ideas and start to diversify their…

Strengthening capacities of Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations on Promotion of Youth Employment in Disaster and Conflict Settings

VCCI General Manager Astrid Boulekone welcomed 24 young entrepreneurial delegates from across the Pacific on Tuesday 12th November at VCCI to talk about the Chamber’s experiences in the immediate aftermath of tropical Cyclone Pam in 2015. The group was here in Port Vila for the ILO supported ‘Strengthening capacities of Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations on Promotion of Youth Employment in Disaster and Conflict Settings’ workshop that ran from 11th – 15th November 2019 at the Grand Hotel. The 2018 World Risk Report places the pacific region as the most at risk to disasters and places five (5) pacific countries among the top 20 that are globally most at risk to disasters. Due to the fragility of the pacific small islands developing states (SIDS), it is…

Thinking of exporting to Australia? Come and chat with Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia

Thursday 21st of November 2019

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia is the lead Trade and Investment Promotion agency in the Pacific supporting businesses from Vanuatu to enter the Australian market. In 2018 PTI Australia assisted 156 businesses resulting in over A$3 million in exports and investment facilitated. As part of mission to Vanuatu, PTI Australia’s General Manager – Export, Jeremy Grennell and Export Services Manager, Jodie Stewart will available to meet one-on-one with businesses interested in exporting to Australia. With extensive experience in packaging, sales, marketing and retail, this is a great opportunity for businesses to get some expert advice. When – Thursday 21 November Where – VCCI conference room Spaces are limited to confirm your time please contact VCCI Reception on 27543 as soon as possible. Thank you.

VCCI’s first Women in Business event a success!

VCCI has held its first ‘women in business’ lunchtime event in Port Vila at Chantilly’s on the Bay, generously sponsored by BSP Vanuatu. The Wednesday lunchtime event was attended by over 70 local business women, and focused on networking, sharing experiences and for VCCI to learn more about what it can do to better provide business development services, support and advice to its women in business. Our MC and key note speaker Mrs Julia Malas King, Women’s Group representative on VCCI’s council, entertained and inspired the crowd with her stories and lessons she has learnt over the years first as an employee of a large Ni Vanuatu owned business, to moving to being a business owner herself. Julia is a director and co-owner of Kava…

Calling all businesses in Santo

Come along and learn what VCCI is doing for you VCCI is inviting you, the Santo business community, to a meeting event hosted by the Chamber and BSP Vanuatu on Friday 1 November 2019 at the Chiefs Nakamal in Luganville, Santo, from 10am until 12pm. Lunch will be then provided for participants. It is hoped that business owners and representatives will then stay on for the afternoon session on the Employment Act with the Department of Labour representatives. VCCI wants to share news and updates on its activities in Port Vila and plans for provincial based activities, while also hearing back from the private sector on what they want to see from the VCCI in future. VCCI Business Services Manager Yvonne Leo Taiki will also…

VCCI training to Shefa Small Businesses to thinking innovatively!

19 business owners and managers from across Shefa province have completed an intensive 8 day training workshop on Product Innovation, Quality Innovation and Business Planning training, facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry earlier this month. This training was organized in collaboration with the Department of Cooperatives, the Department of Tourism and the Department of Industry, who assisted in the identification of businesses in attendance. These business men and women are all experienced operators, managing and running farms, guest houses and bungalows, retailing, handicraft, tour guiding, manufacturing and cooperatives in Efate, Epi, Emae, Tongoa and Nguna. The training focused on discussing and learning about innovation and creativity in Product and Services, with participants then able to use this learning when looking at their own…

Upcoming Women in Business lunchtime event

VCCI would like to invite you to a ‘women in business’ lunchtime event next Wednesday 23rd October, kindly sponsored by BSP. When: 12pm – 2pm, Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 Where: Chantillys on the Bay Restaurant *light lunch provided Our aim is to bring together women from all business backgrounds to meet, share experiences and to inspire one another. We want to learn from you what you would like to see VCCI offer you, as women in business, and how we can support you better. We are excited to announce that our key note speaker is Julia Malas King, Women’s Group representative on VCCI’s council. Julia is a director and co-owner of Kava House, chair for Women in Sports for Vanuatu, founder and coordinator of H4F…

Opportunity to display your products at Expo Dubai 2020

Vanuatu has been invited to be a part of Expo 2020 Dubai and will have a pavilion representing Vanuatu. Expo 2020 Dubai will run for the 173 days. Participants are encouraged to leverage these opportunities to create commercial activities that enhance a positive visitor experience in their pavilion and across the Expo site. Expo’s World Market Initiative The World Market initiative will allow participants an additional retail opportunity for products that are in line with the initiative. This is a great opportunity for participants to showcase their talents, culture and resources on a global platform and increase engagement with their visitors. It will also allow participants to highlight their innovativeness and design capabilities, providing visitors with a tangible object to take home as a ‘connection’…

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