Chamber News

The light and shade on Vanuatu’s “Sun Tax”

A recent article published in the Daily Post after a press release from the Utilities Regulatory Authority (URA) has sparked a heated debate over the proposal to instore a fixed charge for the self-generation of electricity with solar powered systems utilizing the power grid as a backup. This is initially for customers managed by VUI but may be extended further. This paper, commissioned by the VCCI, aims to provide some light and underline the existing grey areas to be addressed, as well as identifying key questions. A few clarifications on the existing proposal and scope Following a discussion with the URA’s team, we can ascertain the following: At this stage the proposal only concerns the customers of VUI who are using solar power systems to…

Illuminating Vanuatu’s Solar Tax Debate: Addressing Chronic Underinvestment and Its Consequences

The recent proposal by the Utilities Regulatory Authority (URA) to introduce a fixed charge for self-generated electricity using solar power systems has sparked an intense debate among Vanuatu’s citizens. The decision, targeting customers of VUI in Santo and outer islands who use the power grid as a backup, has raised numerous concerns that demand attention. It is crucial to recognise that the Minister of Trade and Commerce recently apologised for the lack of consultation when implementing new policies that dramatically affect the economic environment and businesses in Vanuatu. The public outcry in response to the solar charge proposal clearly indicates that the consultation and communication surrounding the changes have been inadequate. Moreover, it is essential to highlight that the chronic underinvestment in the grid has…

PACER PLUS TRADE AGREEMENT AND HOW TO BECOME EXPORT READY INFORMATION WORKSHOP – 15 APRIL IN LUGANVILLE

Come along to hear from Vanuatu’s Pacer Plus National Coordinator about how the trade agreement works, and from officers from Bio Security and Bureau of Standards on what you need to consider to export your goods and products to Australia and the region. The team will be joined by Dion Palu from Quality Solutions, who will be then taking you through what is HACCP certification – a requirement to export your food products commercially to Australia, and what’s required to become HACCP certified. Dion will also share on ISO certification for winning more tenders, and organic certification for premium prices. Click here to download the day’s program To register for this important full day workshop event on Monday, the 15th April at Ports and Harbour…

**SOLAR ROOFTOP SELF GENERATION- CONSULTATION DATE CHANGE**

Please read the notice below from DoE and URA about a consultation being held this week Friday 5th April in Port Vila on Solar – please note this is your opportunity to come and ask questions and give your opinion about solar tariffs and future plans for taxes and changes to legislation. The Department of Energy (DoE) through the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) is the leading Government agency responsible for the development of energy policies, legislations and regulations to guide the development of energy services in Vanuatu and improve service delivery. Its principal policy, the National Energy Road Map (NERM) 2016-2030 stipulates that by 2030, Vanuatu should move out from traditional energies and transition to more renewable and sustainable energies. Similarly, Pillar 2 of…

NATIONAL FORUM VIDEO RECORDINGS AND PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE HERE!

Dear members, A huge thank you to all who attended our 2 day national Economic and Investment Forum last week, either in person or via VBTC streaming. We are still collecting ideas and solutions from you to use as the basis for the forum outcomes document, due for completion end of the month. If you have any new contributions to make please click on the link provided here:  https://tinyurl.com/VCCI24 Once completed the document will be made publicly available. Presentations We have had a lot of requests for the PowerPoint presentations from our amazing speakers at the forum, so please find links to individual presentations attached below. Live footage/videos of sessions – watch and share! We have also made available links to the VBTC streaming of…

VCCI Annual General Meeting set for Thursday 25 April 2024 – 8 seats up for nominations

VCCI Council 2024 Elections are coming up! 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, these members exercise a major impact on the strategic direction of the VCCI. Recognized for their contributions by the business community, the Council members 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 serving two-year terms. Elected Council members serve as individuals; however, to be nominated for and serve on the Council, a person must be a member of the association for the sector they represent, if such an association exists. This…

VANUATU’S PRIVATE SECTOR ECONOMIC UPDATE – AVAILABLE NOW!

VCCI is proud to present to you our new Vanuatu Private Sector Economic Update, produced to provide an accurate and up-to-date snapshot of the state of Vanuatu’s economy and the critical challenges that we face over the next decade. Click here to download the report in PDF format. Hard copies will be available from VCCI head office in the coming days. The report was drafted by Pacific Consulting Limited and consists of 152 case studies and a survey of 367 businesses, as well as using publicly available data sources. The findings of this report will form the basis of the National Economic and Investment Forum 2024 to be held on March 12th and 13th, in Port Vila. The VCCI will also be sharing some of…

Current vacancies at VCCI – come and join the team!

VCCI is starting the year off with expanding its team. We are looking for a new and dynamic Communications and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer and a new Project Support Officer.  The Communications and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer role: With many workshops, events and business development initiatives happening this year across the provinces, VCCI needs a dynamic self starter to join the team in the role of Communications and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer. We need to better capture our stories, and share our news with our donors, business members and stakeholders like the Government so that they have visibility on all the great work that we do. Click here to download the Job Description and how to apply Applications close Sunday 11th February, 2024 The Project Support…

Thirteen Green Entrepreneurs from Vanuatu graduated from the Pacific Greenpreneurs program 2023

Port Vila, Vanuatu, 23rd November 2023 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in partnership with the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), celebrated the graduation of its 2023 cohort of the Pacific Greenpreneurs incubator and accelerator program. The Guest of Honor at the official ceremony was Mr. Sylvio Moli, the Vice President of Sanma Province. The Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator and Accelerator programs are initiatives of the Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network (PGEN), a program implemented by GGGI and funded by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). This initiative is dedicated to fostering green, sustainable, and innovative business solutions in the Pacific region. In 2023, through the VCCI, the Vanuatu program was based in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu’s second-largest economic hub. Expressing his appreciation for the…

VCCI welcomes French volunteer Anthony Lener

VCCI welcomes Anthony Lener, via the France Volontaires program, to our team. Anthony will be devoting his time to both the VCCI and Club des Affaires France Vanuatu, building on existing relationships and making new ones. His role will be to support the businesses of Vanuatu, help French speakers and investors in the implementation of new projects and strengthen the links between France, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. he can be emailed at: anthony@vcci.vu, or you can call him on +678 774 3183. Bienvenue aux nouveaux investisseurs, rendez vous dans le batiment de la VCCI à Port Vila!

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