Chamber News

Employment opportunity with the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Vanuatu Business Resilience Council

We are looking for a Business Resilience Officer to join our team. VCCI/VBRC would like to strengthen its business resilience initiatives in 2020 with the engagement of a contracted Business Resilience Officer, to build on the work already underway, and to create new opportunities in this space to benefit businesses across Vanuatu. Please click here to access the Terms of Reference (TOR) for this position. Please note that this is an initial 12 month contract. To apply We request that you submit: a cover letter addressing the ‘Skills, Knowledge, Ability to travel and Experience’ section of the TOR, and a current CV with two references. Please email your applications to administration@vcci vu, or drop your application into VCCI’s office in Port Vila. Deadline for applications…

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…

Opportunity to display your products at Expo Dubai 2020

Vanuatu has been invited to be a part of Expo 2020 Dubai and will have a pavilion representing Vanuatu. Expo 2020 Dubai will run for the 173 days. Participants are encouraged to leverage these opportunities to create commercial activities that enhance a positive visitor experience in their pavilion and across the Expo site. Expo’s World Market Initiative The World Market initiative will allow participants an additional retail opportunity for products that are in line with the initiative. This is a great opportunity for participants to showcase their talents, culture and resources on a global platform and increase engagement with their visitors. It will also allow participants to highlight their innovativeness and design capabilities, providing visitors with a tangible object to take home as a ‘connection’…

VCCI delivers ‘Competent Supervision’ training to Recognized Seasonal Employees (RSE)

10 Ni Vanuatu RSE workers who are returning as Supervisors to the South Island of New Zealand have completed an intensive 4 day training workshop on ‘Competent Supervision’, facilitated by VCCI’s Business Training Officer Irene Titek, from 2-5 September 2019. These experienced workers have between 2 to 10 seasons working in New Zealand under their belt, and have been promoted due to their skills and dedication to Team Leaders and Supervisors under the RSE Program. The training was delivered in the VCCI training room, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the participants learning and enjoying.  Modules were designed to increase the participant’s knowledge and confidence to; Better understand their leadership roles as Supervisors and Team Leaders; Identify their strengths and weaknesses in…

VCCI delivers ‘Business Plan’ training and performs follow up impact study in Santo

14 small businesses in Luganville have completed an intensive 3 day training workshop on Business Planning and participated in a monitoring and evaluation tour to assess the impact to their businesses of previous training facilitated by VCCI in the last quarter of 2018. VCCI Business Trainer Irene Titek and Yvonne Leo Taiki, Business Link Pacific Program Manager travelled to Luganville in the second week of July to deliver the workshop and undertake the assessment. ‘The purpose of the workshop in Santo was to provide training in an area that had been identified as a need by our participants at our previous trainings in Luganville’ says Irene, VCCI’s Business Training Officer and workshop facilitator. ‘The purpose of the impact study was to check on the progress…

Tell us what you think by participating in the Vanuatu Business Confidence Index Survey

You are invited to participate in the Vanuatu Business Confidence Index Survey. This is your chance to provide your perspective on the Vanuatu economy and the future challenges and opportunities that face your business. The survey is designed to get feedback from businesses of all sizes and from every sector of the economy. This will enable decision makers to better understand the key issues facing the Vanuatu business environment, the Vanuatu tourism sector, and in particular to develop policies and approaches that can support business operators throughout the country. Participation is voluntary, and your survey answers are anonymous. The survey should take about 10 – 15 minutes to complete. To complete the survey, please go to: https://business.vanuatusurvey.com/ . The survey can be completed in Bislama,…

New faces at the Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is pleased to introduce to you Michael Busai Naparau, our new Research and Policy Analyst, and Jocelyne Wright, our new Administration Officer. Both Michael and Jocelyne join us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in their fields and we look forward to their contributions towards improving our service delivery to all business members.

Delivering Excellent Customer Service Training to Telecom Vanuatu Limited

VCCI’s Business Training Officer Irene Titek recently completed a 4 day intensive training to Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) Retail Unit staff on ‘Delivering Excellent Customer Service’. A total of eight participants attended the training in early July 2019, held in TVL’s Training Room. Aspects of the training were focused on self-reflection and staff learning about themselves and their personality types. From this self-analysis participants learnt ways to utilize their skills to better serve customers and contribute positively in the workplace. The training included interactive discussions between the participants on challenges facing the current TVL operations staff, and creating solutions to these challenges, which can then be reflected back to senior staff within the organization. This solutions based approach to problem solving can be interpreted into…

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry launches digital communication tools

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) has launched its new mobile friendly website, www.vcci.vu with social media pages on Facebook and LinkedIn in a concerted effort to improve its communication with the Vanuatu private sector, Vanuatu government and other strategic partners. To ensure all Vanuatu’s business community can access the VCCI’s website content, the online platform is available in all of Vanuatu’s official languages of Bislama, English and French. The dynamic new VCCI website is mobile friendly, and features a streamlined, clean design aesthetic with easy to use navigation that makes finding the latest VCCI news and events, business resources and information about the VCCI’s programs and partners super easy. “Providing quality communications is key to the right information reaching our business members…

Launch of the Green Climate Fund Private Sector Strengthening Readiness Project

The Vanuatu Business Resilience Council (VBRC), a standing committee of VCCI, is pleased to announce the engagement of two new local consultants to begin the implementation of a new Green Climate Fund (GCF) funded project in Vanuatu, ‘The GCF Readiness Project – mobilizing the Vanuatu Private Sector towards climate change action’. Mr William Nasak will be the Project Coordinator, and Mrs. Terekea Kaltabang as Project Administrator. Both bring a wealth of knowledge to their roles. What is the GCF Readiness Project? The private sector’s significant involvement in CCDRR development initiatives and humanitarian response show the commitment of local businesses in supporting the country’s resilience building efforts. Following Tropical Cyclone Pam in March 2015, the private sector were the first responders, working in close collaboration with…