Chamber News

NEW: Business Plan Development Program

The role of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) is to provide support and skills development for Businesses with a business license. VCCI currently offers businesses a large range of support services such as workshops, one-on-one business mentoring, women in business programs and business & life coaching. This new program that VCCI will be offering, is for businesses wishing to establish a professional business plan. The business planning program is a two-month program where you will need to be committed to working with the Chamber on an average of 2 mornings a week, every week throughout the months of September & October 2021. The program applies to business owners and/or decision makers (please do not send in representatives to attend) who are willing to commit…

Second Policy Stimulus available now!

VCCI is happy to announce that it will again be supporting local businesses to access the Second Policy Stimulus. Please come to see our helpful customer service officers to receive assistance in submitting your applications.  Information can be downloaded in Bislama here, and French here. What is the Second Policy Stimulus? The Government is trying to inject money back into the local economy by providing businesses with financial support. There are two ways they are doing this: The Small Business Grant (SBG) has been designed to support monthly cash flow until the end of 2021 for all businesses with an annual turnover of less than VT 4 million. The Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) has been designed to support businesses that are VAT-registered and distressed (‘faenem…

Tanna Business Support a Success

Vanuatu chamber of Commerce (VCCI) on behalf of the Vanuatu Business Resilience council (VBRC) have successfully delivered three days of free business skills development to businesses on Tanna. These businesses were part of the Oxfam Unblocked Cash program and were the vendors or main stores and service providers during the six months of humanitarian response to the people of White sands area for the Volcanic Ash Fall. VBRC has established a relationship with these businesses through the program and was responsible for their training in the electronic payment system that they have used during this humanitarian response. The purpose of this additional support was to strengthen the business skills and offer assistance to the growth of these provincial business. This included delivering the ANZ Business…

Determined Business Women Leading the Way

In Vanuatu we share an enthusiasm for colourful dresses and matching island style outfits and due to this our handmade clothing market is alive and vibrant. For so many tailors, this demand creates employment and meaningful work that enables them to pay for school fees and support their families. This is entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency at its core. Also importantly, it keeps money flowing within our local economy. Josephine and Feby are two tailors in the Phoenix Women in Business program being implemented by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on behalf of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Council. This project is supported by funds from the Women Peace and Humanitarian Fund and technical support from UN Women. “While I have unique hand painting skills and…

Business Link Pacific Launch Second Adaptation Grant Round in Vanuatu

In partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Business Link Pacific has launched the second round of Adaptation Grants for small and medium-sized businesses throughout the Pacific. The investment of 3.3M NZD by both the New Zealand and Australian Governments to the Business Adaptation Grants is another example of how these two nations are working together with the Pacific Islands to contribute to a stable and prosperous region. “We understand small and medium-sized businesses throughout the Pacific are still hurting financially from the impacts of COVID-19. This second window of grants will help affected businesses with funding to support new products and services, as well as projects to adapt…

The Tourism Business Support Program explained

The Department of Tourism (DoT) is offering a recovery package to tourism operators across all 6 provinces to assist in keeping the tourism sector operational during border closures. The program has several ways it can help tourism business operators. Survival Grants The first is with costs associated with keeping your business operational. More specifically with costs associated with cleaning, maintenance, gardening, security, safety and utility bills. If you are able to provide DoT with the following documents, please click on the link below to be taken to the online application form: Tourism permit Business licence VFSC certificate Signed Code of Conduct for your Tourism Business (if you don’t have one, a template will be provided to you by the DoT on receiving your application) Evidence…

Yu bin atendem wan trening blong lukaot gud bisnis long saed blong COVID-19?

Olsem wan  bisnis we I regista,yu mas atendem wan fri woksop we Depatmen blong pablik helt I stap givim aot. Afta lo woksop bae yu kasem, 5 samting blo mekem,  save wanem blong mekem wetem wan stika we bae yu putum long bisnis blong yu blong letem ol kastoma blong yu save se bisnis blong yu hemi sev. Sapos yu stap long Port Vila, bae gat aftanun sesen long tumoro Tesdei mo Fraedei. Tim bae i stap long Tanna blong ranem fri woksop ia long Waetsans lo namba 16 mo long Lenekel lo namba 17 mo 18 long manis Jun. Bae bae tim I stap bakeken lo Santo lo namba 23, 24, mo 25 long manis ia blo givim aot fri woksop lo Luganvile. Blong…

Stress, Wari mo Tingting tumas

Written by: Jinny Ruben: BHSC (OT), Dip LC, Business and Life Coach Stress hemi wan filing lo yu wan taem yu gat presa lo laef blo yu. Bodi blo yu, mind blo yu mo filing blo yu hemi showem aot riaksen lo stress. Samtaem yu gat headache, ol muscle oli tight tumas, yu no save silip gud, heart blo yu I pump hariap tumas, yu wari, mind blo yu I no save settle, yu harem no gud, yu filim sad mo depressed.  Samtaem riaksen blo yu hemi kros kwik mo yu save talem sam toktok weh I save ofendem naraman mo samtaem yu save mekem action weh I no stret. Fulap samting hemi kosem stress olsem wari taem yu no gat enaf mane, I gat…

Interested in e-commerce? Free workshops next week here at VCCI!

Interested in e-commerce? Participate in any or all of the 6 following free workshops to start or further develop your business online. VCCI has kindly been offered this opportunity for you, our members, via our colleagues at Pacific Digital Transformation. TradeWorthy*, a trusted adviser to Government and businesses on trade, investment and economic development, in partnership with the Ministry of Trade, Tourism, Cooperatives and Ni Vanuatu Business is supported by DFAT funding, to bring you these 2 hour sessions, facilitated by experts in their fields here and overseas. Click here to view the workshops PDF guide Venue: VCCI conference room Time: from 2pm to 4pm (2 hr sessions) Session topics: eReadiness – Check How ready is your business for e-commerce – Monday 7 June E-commerce…

Review of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry Act

We have a contract opportunity for a talented consultant to help the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry reshape the current CCIV Act. Apply By: 6 June 2021 Period of Contract: 50 days over June to November 2021 The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is Vanuatu’s National Private Sector organisation. It is a statutory body with a 16-member Council that represents Vanuatu’s private sector. All businesses with a valid Vanuatu business license are automatically VCCI members. VCCI’s aims to be an organisation that makes a unique and significant contribution to the future of the country by representing the private sector in dialogue with Government and others, and by providing effective business development services across the country. The Chambers of Commerce and Industry of…

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