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Business News, Friday 7th August 2020

Dear members, After our week of Independence celebrations VCCI has been working hard to prepare for several exciting activities next week. Please read below about our upcoming activities in Luganville and Port Vila, and enjoy the latest news on the travel bubble, announced by Minister Bule in today’s Daily Post. VCCI: Santo Workshop Next Week  Next Tuesday afternoon in Luganville VCCI is hosting a free half day workshop for our Santo based business community focusing on “Dealing with Change and Unknowns – How to manouvre, negotiate and ‘get through’ the current times” lead by Jinny Ruben, our Business and Life Coach and qualified occupational therapist. To register for the free workshop on Tuesday afternoon please email support@vcci.vu with your name and contact number. Port Vila…

Vanuatu Economic Recovery Forum

The Minister of Finance has invited the private sector, businesses, farmers, marketers, and general public to attend an Economic Recovery Post Covid-19/TC Harold Forum on Wednesday 29 July, 2020. Venue: Vanuatu Convention Centre Date & Time: 29th July, 9am-12 noon Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) representatives will be attending this forum, however it being a Government declared public holiday and being the day prior to Independence attendance from the general public for the event may not be optimal. For this reason, the Chamber has written to the Minister of Finance sharing some suggestions to consider and wanted to share them below with the public. The Chamber has also made a formal request for key sector consultations be organized for after the Independence celebrations,…

Business News, Friday 17 July 2020

Dear members,  Announcement on business closures to commemorate 40th Anniversary Celebrations We refer to the recent announcement by the Honorable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs that all business houses to be closed to commemorate the 40th Anniversary Celebrations from 23rd to 31st July 2020. We would like to assure our business members that we are working hard behind the scenes on this matter, seeking clarification on the legality of the notice, as well as the conflicting instructions of the directive and will keep you updated accordingly. We recognize that this is distressing to those of you affected and want to reiterate our strong stance behind you at this time. As a preparatory measure we do encourage you to write a letter to…

SME GRANT UPDATE – VCCI Team in Tanna and Malekula from Monday, 20 July 2020

Business Support heading to Tanna and Malekula VCCI staff will be in Lenakel (Tanna) and Lakatoro (Malekula) from Monday 20 July for one week to support businesses that wish to apply for the SME Grant. If you are a Tanna or Malekula business and have access to the internet now, we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the documents at this link: https://vcci.vu/just-announced-sme-grant-for-business-license-holders/ so you are able to prepare the documents required. Information on this trip will be communicated via VCCI Facebook or can be obtained by calling 27543. Please spread the word.

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…

Quality business advice helps Eagle Watch Security in Vanuatu take flight

“The Business Link Pacific Business Health Check was quicker and a lot more user friendly than I’d imagined. It’s good to know where we’re at on a whole”.  Our in-country media partner, Savvy Vanuatu caught up with Victor Korikalo, Managing Director of Eagle Watch Security to see how his business was operating since he’d joined the Business Link Pacific program.  Life is what happens while you’re making other plans! Victor Korikalo was studying Business, Accounting and Trade at the University of the South Pacific, and was well on his way to forging a career in that sphere, when he assumed extra responsibility for managing security logistics at his part-time job. He soon discovered he had a knack for this line of work and when an…

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…

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