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Government and Business Forum Outcomes Update

It has been almost 2 months since VCCI facilitated the National Government and Business Forum in Port Vila. We would like to update you on the outcomes of the forum, and fill you in on activities that were sparked by the forum and its recommendations. The key objective of the forum was to strengthen the private sectors engagement with the Government, and to try and increase coordination between us.  This update showcases progress about this collaborative approach. National Government and Business and Government and Private Sector Working Forum, Wednesday 30 September to Thursday 1 October 2020 The 2-day forum, facilitated by independent representative Anna Naupa, focused on the coming together of Government and businesses to look into the future of the country’s economy and how…

Phoenix Prokram – Sapot mo Divelopmen blong ol Woman Bisnis Owna

Phoenix prokram hemi fokas blo leftemap ekonomik rikavari tru long sapot we bae emi givim long ol woman we oli gat ol smol bisnis, tru long olgeta nao bai oli save lidim ekonomik rikavari long wanwan komuniti blong olgeta. Ol woman bisnis ona we bai oli tek pat long prokram ya bambae lanem ol tul we bae save helpem olgeta lo taem naia we ekonomi blong yumi emi stap ko daon, mo tu blong sapotem olgeta long prokram ya blong save statem bisnis blong long Port Vila taon. Projek bae mekem yu tekpat long sesen blong helpem yu long laef, lanem bisnis skills mo pat long netwok developmen prokrams, lidasip trening mo kasem sam kash krant wea hemi blong bildimup bisnis blong yu. Wok ya…

New Approaches to Small Business Support

When we think about our life experiences, we realise that one thing we all have in common is that we started off our journeys as small babies dependent on others, and, over time, with the right support, we have become productive adults. Businesses mostly share similar experience. Even large companies like Ford have a photo of their first car, whilst McDonalds started with one hamburger restaurant. Considered in this light, we recognise that businesses develop and grow from humble beginnings. Small businesses are like seeds. If they are well planted and nourished, they can grow into something bigger and when we see them for their potential, we see many opportunities. Perhaps more interestingly, according to the World Trade Organization, small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent over 90% of businesses,…

Are you wanting to be able to export your product? Sign up now for our 2 Day ‘Principles and Application of HACCP’ Training Course!

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is an internationally recognized method of identifying and managing food safety related risk and is a necessary accreditation you must have to export your products from Vanuatu. HACCP can be applied where any food is produced, handled, transported or stored. If you work with food, HACCP can be applied to help make sure food is safe to eat. Principles of HACCP are used to identify, assess, control and monitor food safety hazards that may occur in your food business. If the steps and requirements of HACCP are not correctly implemented, there can be significant impacts on both your customers and your business. These can include product recall, injury, illness, customer complaints, market failure and even litigation. The Principles and…

BOOK IN TO ATTEND A ‘GUIDELINES FOR SAFE OPERATIONS IN VANUATU IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC’ TRAINING WORKSHOP

Dear members, The Department of Tourism (DoT), in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, APTC, the VCCI, World Vision Vanuatu and VSP is rolling out mandatory industry training to ensure workplace compliance with the established Safe Business Operations (SBO) Guidelines for the tourism and services sector. A training has been created for employers and supervisors. VCCI will be providing 2 training workshops next week, on Tuesday and another on Thursday, to run through Guidelines for Safe Operations in Vanuatu in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Level 2 **Please note that if you have a tourism permit you need to contact Elma at the Department of Tourism to book training via VITE. Email her on edidas@vanuatu.gov.vu** We will be covering the following: Health sector…

Downloadable resources for preparing your business

VCCI and the Vanuatu Business Resilience Council are aware that the news of a positive case of COVID-19 in-country may have you worried or concerned about being prepared as a business for this occurrence. Please click on the links below to download resources to assist you, and contact us on 27543 or information@vcci.vu for any specific questions you may have. We suggest you follow updates via COVID19.gov.vu for additional information. Resources in Bislama How the Coronavirus spreads and how to keep yourself safe – visual guide This visual guide explains how the virus spreads and 5 key precautions you can take to protect yourself, your staff and your families. Business Continuity Planning – How to guide The purpose of this ‘how to’ business continuity (or…

VCCI & VBRC Statement: COVID-19 Update – 11th November 2020

As confirmed by the Prime Minister this morning (11th November), Vanuatu now has its first COVID-19 case in quarantine. All of the signs are that the systems are working – the individual has been picked up by the testing regime, and is now being transferred safely to the isolation facilities at Vila Central Hospital. This is a positive outcome, and shows that Vanuatu is in a good position to deal with this case. We would like to congratulate the NDMO and Ministry of Health for their work in developing and implementing these systems, and for keeping Vanuatu safe. At the moment we are now in “Scenario 2a – Confirmed Cases in Quarantine (Border)”. As per Government guidelines, this means the following: There are no restrictions…

Export Pathway Support Program!

VCCI is further enhancing its services by supporting businesses to access new export markets in the new post COVID-19 economy. Dion Palu of Quality Solutions has joined VCCI to provide HACCP and Organic certification support to businesses identified at having future export potential. Join Dion for a half day information session to better understand how standards and certification facilitate improved sales and open export pathways. Businesses who want to pursue the opportunity of becoming HACCP certified will be invited to a two day workshop in December/January. Dates for information sessions below: Port Vila – 10th November from 9am, VCCI Conference Room Luganville, Santo – 1st December (location TBA) Lenakel, Tanna – 8th December (location TBA) To register for any of the above sessions please email…

Getting over the Hump – Business and Life Coach Jinny Ruben

Now that I am 4 months into my journey as a consultant with VCCI I thought it was time to give you an update. It has been a total privilege to work with and journey alongside my business and life coaching clients. Together we have been celebrating progress, whether it was small steps like regular walks and exercise, or big steps like growing new business ventures. ‘Getting over the hump’ was a common theme along the way.  Sometimes it is the small steps that are the hardest, like taking off on a push bike to go up a hill in a hard gear before you have gathered your momentum. A real journey will always have good days and bad days, there will be steps forward…

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