Chamber News

VCCI’s Vanuatu Private Sector Economic Update now available!

VCCI is happy to now make available the 2021 Vanuatu Private Sector Economic Update! The purpose of this update is to provide an update ‘one year on’ to the September 2020 Vanuatu Economic Outlook Report, commissioned by VCCI in the lead up to the National Government and Business Forum last year. The initial report was written to assist both the public and private sector understand how businesses are faring during the ongoing economic crisis caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. This report continues in the same vein by providing updated case studies and anecdotal findings from research conducted in 2021. Click here to download the update. For a hard copy please come by the VCCI Port Vila office, or make a request to Saphy on…

VCCI is looking for a new and dynamic Finance Manager

VCCI is looking for a new Finance Manager to join our team! This role is not just about financial management, it also includes management responsibilities of our small but dynamic Administration team. If you have experience in MYOB, managing budgets, and enjoy conducting data analysis, planning, strategizing, and advising your colleagues then this is the role for you. Click here to download the job description.  To apply please email the following documents to Astrid Boulekone, General Manager (generalmanager@vcci.vu) : Cover letter, explaining your experience, qualifications, skills and competencies that make you suitable for the role  an updated CV Applications close Sunday 28th November, 2021. For any queries, or more information call Saphy, our Receptionist on 27543.

BAR STOOL EVENT AT VCCI

Last Friday VCCI organized its first bar stool event, inviting our current mentees an opportunity to present a sales pitch for their business to a room full of fellow business owners, the program’s mentors and supportive staff members from the Business Services team. After their pitch these talented individuals were able to share with the room some of the challenges, they are facing with solutions being discussed with the group. Those who presented include Christina Noel (Owner of Hope’s Child Care Centre), John Toara & Harrison Samson (Owners of Tirow Construction), Esther Philip (Owner Esther Philip Catering) and Sherley Pata (Owner of Tiwi Trader Shipping). This event was organized to assist our businesses who are part of our current mentoring activities cohort to network and…

Melanesian Food at its Best

So much has changed in our new global COVID world, yet sometimes its’ easy to think here in Vanuatu our life is not affected – given there have been no community cases and for many people life goes on similarly as before. But for most businesspeople, there is a very real COVID effect. Sophie Tariliu was running a successful and well-known kava business in Port Vila pre-COVID. As people lost jobs in multiple industries many of them opened new kava businesses. So competition in the kava sector increased and as a result the returns were dropping. Sophie and her husband Richard Mera noticed the changes right away and knew they would need to react quickly when Sophie noticed there was a ‘for rent’ sign in…

Business News – Monday, 30 August 2021

Dear Members, As you know the borders are currently closed to repatriations. This is to give the country time to get as organized as it can in case COVID makes its way to Vanuatu. For all of you that have attended the COVID Safe Business operations training its time to take action and implement what you learnt. Please watch the video here to get inspired. If you need a refresher or any help at all please contact us at sbo@vcci.vu or call 27543. Vaccines are of vital importance so encourage your staff to go and get jabbed today, Let’s be ready! Workshop in Santo VCCI would like to thank all our business men and women who attended our workshops in Luganville this week. We had…

VCCI is looking for a Finance, Human Resource and Administration Manager

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry seeks a Finance, Human Resource and Administration Manager whose major function will be to supervise the financial, human resource and administrative operations of the organisation in cooperation with the General Manager. This role is an executive role and as such we are looking to recruit someone with the right experience, and who is a natural fit to the existing team. Under the supervision of the General Manager, the Finance, Human Resource and Administration Manager’s main responsibilities encompass: Financial management and reporting for the organisation – including collecting, interpreting, and reviewing financial information and reporting to the Council, and supervising the finance and accounting services staff. Human resources management – including recruitment and training, and ensuring appropriate procedures are…

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…

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…

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