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Photography masterclass in Port Vila to assist local businesses

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand (PTI NZ) is partnering with renowned international travel and commercial photographer David Kirkland to deliver a  two-day Photography Masterclass workshop in Port Vila, Vanuatu 1-2 December 2022 . These two full day workshops will be held at the VCCI Conference Room from 8:30am – 4:00pm. The  workshop is designed to take the mystery out of photography and teach participants what they need to know about using a camera to make their business more successful. Whether participants  are just using a smart phone or a larger camera, whether they are amateurs or serious photographers wanting to become professional, this masterclass will fast-track their ability to do so “Digital technology and the internet are providing unprecedented opportunities for businesses to promote their…

NATIONAL TOURISM EVENT SUCCESS!

Over 120 tourism business owners, operators and managers came together on the 16th November at the Holiday Inn Resort in Port Vila to receive up to date tourism and key travel infrastructure information, as well as private sector work plans. The presentations included implementation plans going forward, and current challenges and time was allowed for the tourism sector business owners/managers to ask questions in a moderated panel style discussion. A huge thank you to all of our panelists and speakers, who provided much needed information for the industry, and spoke honestly about challenges faced. Acting Director Tourism William Naviti, Senior Tourism Officer Geraldine Tari, CEO VTO Adela Issachar Aru, CEO Air Vanuatu Atu Finau, Head of Air Navigation for AVL, Kevin Abel, Brenda Andre from…

GeolabXP – an Industry Development Fund Story

GeolabXP was a successful IDF grant recipient in the IDF’s first round of funding, receiving their grant in early 2022. The grant has helped the business to expand its services into a new area – in July 2022 GeolabXP opened their new premises in Port Vila. Via their grant VB was able to purchase specialised equipment, to diversify their range of services now on offer to business clients, Government departments, and the private sector. Vanuatu Bijouterie was founded in Vanuatu in 1971 (then colonial New-Hebrides) by Mr Francois Hainaut, an established French master jeweller in New Caledonia. It was the first business registered in Vanuatu after gaining independence in 1980. In 2014 the business was purchased by Tal & Estelle Milfirer, Vanuatu Bijouterie – Fine…

Business News, Friday 4 November 2022

Dear members, We have had an extremely busy week helping our transport and tour operators get ready for the first cruise ship arriving into Port Vila next week. We also completed our industry skills survey, with over 500 businesses interviewed in October! Results coming soon. We have several key events happening over the next 2 weeks, as well as a range of workshops on offer for you. Update on important works in Port Vila CDB to address flooding below. Please scroll down to find out more. Road works underway in Port Vila to ease flooding issues in CBD If you live and work in Port Vila you will be aware of the damaging flooding occurring downtown with any significant rainfall. VCCI has been working to…

Road works underway in Port Vila to ease flooding issues in CBD

Port Vila’s Public Works Department (PWD) and VNPF have agreed on the work required for the long-term repair and fixing of the drainage system in Port Vila, to remove the blockage in wastewater pipe to be undertaken in the Winston Churchill Road located in the junction between UNELCO and former Post Office area. PWD has approved the request for permit to work on this section of road and PVMC has approved the request for permit to work on this section of road under their by-laws. Vate Electrics has informed VCCI that they have opened the trench between UNELCO and the former Post Office on Tuesday 1 November 2022. VCCI is currently following up with PWD to get the works status and update on when PWD…

Workshops coming up in Port Vila and Luganville!

Dear members, We have a full program for November, with events and workshops running every week. Check out our program of free to attend workshops below and visit our Events page to register! Date Topics Location 15-Nov-22 Stress Management and Self Care Workshop Port Vila 16-Nov-22 Balance sheet & Tax compliance Port Vila 22-Nov-22 Customer Service Workshop Port Vila 24-Nov-22 Supervisor Workshop Port Vila 15-Nov-22 Customer Service Workshop Luganville 16-Nov-22 Customer Service Luganville 17-Nov-22 Supervisor Workshop Luganville

Port Vila gets Cruise Ship ready!

On the 9th November 2022 Vanuatu will receive its first cruise ship back to its shores in over 2 and a half years. The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) have partnered to support the Department of Tourism, Land Transport associations and authority, with necessary steps to prepare bus drivers, taxis and tour operators to meet cruise tourism requirements for this momentous occasion, which will benefit businesses in and around Port Vila immensely. The Department of Tourism and the Vanuatu Tourism Office has the responsibility for the readiness plan, and a focus area is ensuring that the industry satisfy the requirements agreed to between the cruise ship companies and the Vanuatu Government. These include strict hygiene safety standards to make sure that cruise passengers…

E-BANKING EVENT 9th and 10th November – French Cultural Cr, Main Street of Port Vila

Using technology can save your business time and make payments so much easier. Did you know that with the payment apps available now from our banks and technology providers, you can pay your staff, from your phone? You can pay your bills from your phone or computer. You don’t need to stand in the line at the bank anymore. This saves you valuable time. You can also make international payments and much more. Program here attached. Come to join the technology providers at an event organised by VCCI with special sponsorship from Digicel and BRED bank on the 9th and 10th of November at the French Cultural Cr on the main road of Port Vila to learn more. Two lucky businesses who attend will also…

Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility Week 2022

Dear members, The Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF) is inviting you to PRIF Week 2022, a virtual conference to be held every day over five days from 17 to 21 October 2022. The event intends to bring together infrastructure practitioners and experts, including government officials, development partners, regional organizations, academia, and the private sector. PRIF Week 2022 will be held over five half-days and will include: Sharing of information about upcoming infrastructure projects and project profiles by developing partners and Pacific Island country governments Virtual exhibition stands by local and international contractors active in the region Presentations and deep dive discussions into infrastructure sector issues Information sessions on project procurement for local contractors. Draft program available by clicking here Who can apply to be an…

VCCI needs you to participate in our Industry Skills Survey

Dear members,  Do you need more SKILLED WORKERS in your business?  Skilled workers are an asset for any business as they are responsible in delivering quality services that build a business’s reputation and ongoing success. Right now we are facing a skill shortage in several key industry sectors, and VCCI are doing something about it. We are partnering with the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) to undertake a private sector led Industry Skills survey, which will find out what skills we, the private sector, need our local TVET providers to focus on to address the growing need for skilled staff. The survey will also create a recommendations report, or skills plan, which can be used for advocacy and lobbying purposes that we can refer to…

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