Chamber News

Consulting opportunity with the ‘Mobilizing the Vanuatu Private Sector towards Climate Action’ project

The Vanuatu Business Resilience Council of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is requesting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from individuals and firms to provide short-term consultancy services to assist in the development of mitigation and adaptation concept notes and project proposals. The Mobilizing the Vanuatu Private Sector towards Climate Action project is a project aimed at assisting the private sector to access climate finance. A key deliverable of the project is the setting up a Project Preparation Unit. This unit will soon begin engaging external consultants/firms to work with local private-sector stakeholders to develop bankable climate finance concept notes in key thematic areas and sectors aimed at strengthening the resilience of local businesses and bolstering private-sector action on climate change. Selected consultants/firms will deliver…

Strengthening capacities of Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations on Promotion of Youth Employment in Disaster and Conflict Settings

VCCI General Manager Astrid Boulekone welcomed 24 young entrepreneurial delegates from across the Pacific on Tuesday 12th November at VCCI to talk about the Chamber’s experiences in the immediate aftermath of tropical Cyclone Pam in 2015. The group was here in Port Vila for the ILO supported ‘Strengthening capacities of Employers’ and Workers’ Organizations on Promotion of Youth Employment in Disaster and Conflict Settings’ workshop that ran from 11th – 15th November 2019 at the Grand Hotel. The 2018 World Risk Report places the pacific region as the most at risk to disasters and places five (5) pacific countries among the top 20 that are globally most at risk to disasters. Due to the fragility of the pacific small islands developing states (SIDS), it is…

Enhancing the leadership skills of URA senior staff through management and supervision training

VCCI’s Business Training Officer Irene Titek recently completed a 3 day intensive training with Utilities Regulatory Authority on ‘Leadership and Management Skills’. A total of five managers and two senior officers attended the training from 4th to 6th of November 2019, held at the Chamber’s training room. Aspects of the training were focused on working through and understanding what makes an effective leader, the importance of good people management and what approaches can be applied to staff supervision to bring out the best in teams. Job descriptions for each participant were used as a basis for discussion to discover what the expectations were for each role in relation to leadership and management which assisted in better understanding of the importance the role good leadership plays…

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.

Council appoints Acting President

At the special meeting of VCCI’s Council on Thursday 7 November 2019, it was unanimously decided that following the resignation of Shaun Gilchrist as Council President, David Russet, current 1st Vice President, would step up into the role of Acting President until the next Council Annual General Meeting (AGM) in March 2020. David will be supported by 2nd Vice President James Roy Matariki, fellow council members and the dedicated staff at the Chamber. David brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his long and extensive involvement with the Chamber, and his lifetime’s work in agriculture, manufacturing and farming in Efate, Santo and Malekula. The VCCI Council acknowledged the major contribution the former President Shaun Gilchrist made to reform, develop and grow the chamber during…

Who Says Reporting Writing Isn’t Fun! Airports Vanuatu and Terminal Services invest in their staff

VCCI’s Business Training Officer Irene Titek recently completed a 4 day intensive training with Airports Vanuatu and Vanuatu Terminal Services Unit staff on ‘Report Writing Skills’. A total of five Supervisors and one Manager attended the training from 21st to 24th of October 2019, held in Vanuatu Terminal Services Unit Training Room. Aspects of the training were focused on working through and understanding each participant’s current report writing practices and discussions around the organisation’s goals and strategic plans, for staff to better understand what role their reporting played in decision making for the organisation. From this analysis participants learnt new ways to utilize their skills to write more effective monthly reports that contained the right information and to meet the organisations’ expectations. The training also…

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…

Upcoming Women in Business lunchtime event

VCCI would like to invite you to a ‘women in business’ lunchtime event next Wednesday 23rd October, kindly sponsored by BSP. When: 12pm – 2pm, Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 Where: Chantillys on the Bay Restaurant *light lunch provided Our aim is to bring together women from all business backgrounds to meet, share experiences and to inspire one another. We want to learn from you what you would like to see VCCI offer you, as women in business, and how we can support you better. We are excited to announce that our key note speaker is Julia Malas King, Women’s Group representative on VCCI’s council. Julia is a director and co-owner of Kava House, chair for Women in Sports for Vanuatu, founder and coordinator of H4F…