Chamber News

Looking for a Project Coordinator & Finance Specialist

Vanuatu Business Resilience Council is excited to be soon launching a new project focused on accelerating economic recovery by providing targeted support to women small business owners who in turn will lead the economic recovery of their communities. The participating women business owners will be given the tools to endure the current period of economic downturn, then supported to re‐establish business in the capital city of Port Vila. Project outputs will include delivering a mix of life coaching sessions, business skills training and network development programs, and providing cash grants over a period of 12 months. In order to effectively manage this project, VCCI through VBRC is seeking to engage 1 full time Project Coordinator and Finance Specialist based in Port Vila, and reporting to…

IMPORTANT CONSULTATION MEETING ON DIAPER BAN NEXT TUESDAY

The Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation is currently undertaking a nationwide consultation in relation to the Government’s decision on the Diaper Ban. It has been stated that the ban will be implemented nationwide on December 31, 2020. As quoted in Saturday’s Daily Post ‘The Department is currently undertaking consultations as it is mandatory to do so beforehand’. It is the Chamber’s belief that consultation is to inform decision making and policy setting. Please join us to raise our voices to the Department next Tuesday, 20 October at 2.30pm at the VCCI Conference Room. The VCCI Team

Vanuatu Economic Outlook Report from a Private Sector’s Perspective

VCCI is proud to present to you the finalised Vanuatu Economic Outlook Report from a Private Sector’s Perspective, produced to provide an accurate and up-to-date snapshot of how industry sectors are faring in light of the compounding crises of COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold of earlier this year. Please click here to download the report The findings were designed to inform the Government and Private Sector Working Forum, which occurred on the 30 September and 1st October 2020 at National Convention Centre in Port Vila. Any feedback on the report can be sent to reception@vcci.vu

LEADING THE WAY GLOBALLY – The Vanuatu Business Resilience Council Partners With OXFAM To Implement Their Unblocked Cash Response In Vanuatu

The compounding impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and Tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu, spanning from March until today has resulted in a significant reduction in income and livelihoods across Vanuatu, particularly amongst households with pre-existing vulnerabilities. In order to address the needs of our people Oxfam in Vanuatu is planning to deploy a large-scale cash transfer response, and as winners of international recognition on innovation Oxfam is implementing their proven approach for humanitarian response/emergency recovery here in Vanuatu – an Unblocked Cash response. What is Unblocked Cash? This solution focuses on the distribution of support via goods and services to those most vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 and TC Harold compounding crises. Rather than receiving funds in the form of cash or food supplies,…

Join the VCCI Givhan long Bisnis Prokram

VCCI is delighted to offer the Port Vila business community the chance to join the ‘Givhan long Bisnis Prokram’. This program will provide selected small to medium businesses with business support over a 6 month period. The support includes a mentor who supports the business and assists by guiding and sharing experience with the business owner. This is expected to improve better decision making, growth and expansion and develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours business people need to maximise their potential in their business.  The support also includes access to technical workshops and more workshop based learning opportunities. This initial program for 6 months is offered free of charge to the participant and is financed through the Chamber of Commerce and Industries’ Business Support Centre project sponsored…

Business News, Monday 31 August 2020

Dear members, the wet weather hasn’t slowed down our ongoing activities, or the opportunities for you to engage in matters that effect you. Please read below for updates.   Business License Act Consultation Meeting update Thank you to those who were able to attend last week. It marks the beginning of future dialogue with the Ministry of Finance. For those of you unable to attend please find the PowerPoint presentation of MFEM attached. We are working with the Ministry to set dates for future focus group discussions and will keep you informed and updated. Click here to download the presentation   Seeking a potential candidate to represent VCCI in the Price Advisory Committee The VCCI is seeking a candidate(s) interested in representing the Chamber on the Price Advisory Committee….

Business News, Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Dear members, we are pleased to announce the launching of our mentoring program, read more about this, and other opportunities to engage below. Join the VCCI Givhan long Bisnis Prokram VCCI is delighted to offer the Port Vila business community the chance to join the ‘Givhan long Bisnis Prokram’. This program will provide selected small to medium businesses with business support over a 6 month period. The support includes a mentor who supports the business and assists by guiding and sharing experience with the business owner. This is expected to improve better decision making, growth and expansion and develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours business people need to maximise their potential in their business.  The support also includes access to technical workshops and more workshop based learning…

A message from VCCI’s newly elected President, Mr. Antoine Boudier

It is with great pleasure that I can now share with you that I have accepted the role of President of the VCCI Council. It is also with great pleasure that I can announce I am joined by James Roy Matariki who will be working alongside me as VCCI’s 1st Vice President for the next 2 years, joined by David Russet at 2nd Vice President. The Council is also joined by Julia Johnstone as Air Transport representative, and we welcome back Julia King for another term as Women’s Group representative and David Russet as our Agriculture representative. Many of you may know me from my roles on various boards and associations. For those of you who do not, I was born here in Vanuatu, and…

VCCI Employment Stabilization Payment (ESP) Survey Results

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI) received in total 167 completed surveys from business members on the Employment Stabilization Payment and we would like to share the summarized findings with you in the presentation attached. Click here to download the presentation In essence there are several key findings we would like the Government to be aware of: Over 60% of eligible businesses are yet to receive April payments. This percentage increases for May and June. As the Employment Stabilization Payment was designed to support employees to remain in paid employment during the COVID-19 crisis period it is becoming increasingly more difficult for businesses to be able to pay their staff while waiting for the promised support. 42% of businesses that have applied for…

What is Business & Life Coaching?

At VCCI we have recognised that times are really tough for business owners at the moment. In response to this we are extending the support we can offer to some of our members. One of these services is Business & Life Coaching. We have engaged local consultant Jinny Ruben to provide this service. Jinny, is a proud kiwi, married to a Ni-Vanuatu for over 20 years and mum to 4 gorgeous children. She is a life and business coach and Qualified Occupational Therapist. Jinny has called Vanuatu home for over 16 years and is comfortable working in English and Bislama. Her business experience spans over 20 years and includes a wide and vibrant range of businesses that she has owned and operated and/or worked in. …

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