Chamber News

Women in Trade Symposium – this Thursday and Friday in Port Vila

Dear members, this email is to invite you to the Gender and Trade Symposium being held in Port Vila at the end of this week. VCCI is working in partnership with our regional colleagues at PIFS, the MSG secretariat and the European Union to provide the private sector an opportunity to engage throughout this symposium. The symposium is running over two mornings on Thursday 18th August and Friday 19th August. Venue is the Warrick Le Lagon. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, and if you are not in Port Vila do not worry, you can Zoom in as a participant to listen. Link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82526506188?pwd=TFpaVHJOb2VSRVpPaVNRemhYZGcxdz09 Meeting ID: 825 2650 6188 Passcode: ABC321 On Thursday 18th August there are 2 key breakout sessions after the symposium morning opening…

Business News, Monday 1 August 2022

Dear members, Last year Pacific Trade and Invest Australia ran a very popular online Social Media Masterclass to Vanuatu businesses via Zoom. Great news is that it’s being run again this year in mid-August! Read more below. We also have several exciting activities on in Santo this month, one to register for is our Employment Law Workshop being held on the 26th August. Keep reading for more details: PTI Australia’s Online Social Media Masterclass  The pandemic highlighted the importance of digital connection to support business growth in Vanuatu. As part of PTI Australia’s E-Commerce Connector Series businesses are invited to take part in PTI Australia’s Social Media Masterclass focusing on how Facebook and Instagram can drive sales. This FREE training is being delivered in partnership…

Improve Your Business Through Better Financial Management

Dear members, Based on your feedback and requests for support with Business financials, VCCI has prepared an  intensive workstream to support businesses with Financial Management that will be available to business license holders in August. This is run over a 3-week period. In the first week, clients attend four half day group workshops to learn all the basic skills, in the second week they attempt to implement these in their business, and in the third week, if they wish, they may attend some one-on-one coaching to get support with challenging parts of the implementation. We encourage business owners, managers and/or supervisors of existing business that are running for more than 3 – 4 years to apply by clicking HERE to download an application form. All…

Business News, Monday 11 July 2022

Dear members, a few updates from our tourism partners, a feel-good story from Santo, opportunity to join a charter from Santo on Wednesday, and the document forgotten on Friday. Enjoy! Update from Department of Tourism on how to become an ‘Accredited Tourism Facility’ Tourism Operators have been asking what procedures they need to follow and comply with to become an accredited tourism facility as per Order no. 111 of 2022 of Immigration Act. The term ‘Accredited Tourism Facility’ is referring to any tourism business or tourism accommodation provider [Hotel, Motel, Resort, Guest House, Bungalow, Lodge, Holiday Home, etc] that has a Tourism Permit. All tourism businesses are required to have a Tourism Permit prior to obtaining a Business License. This process has been in place…

Business News, 30 June 2022

Dear members, In the lead up to the borders opening at the end of the week, we are hard at work providing Safe Business Operations workshops and hospitality staff preparedness workshops across Santo and Efate, including a cohort of over 200 small business owners this Friday on Ifira. Following on from our successful AGM last week we are putting out the call for nominations for the Agriculture and Women rep seats for VCCI’s Council, more info below, and we are proudly launching our business development program in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute. More on that to come! NOMINATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE AND WOMENS REPRESENTATIVE SEATS ON THE COUNCIL OPEN NOW! As per the CCIV Act, at the first Council meeting after the AGM the…

Wage Subsidy Scheme updated list

We have just received this week from the Finance Department the updated list of all businesses who have undergone the stress test and are now eligible to apply for the WSS Grant under the third stimulus package issued by the government. Please check the list and if your Taxpayer Number corresponds to that on the list, please come by the VCCI office and talk with our friendly staffs and they will happily help you complete your WSS Grant application form. Click here to view the WSS Updated list in pdf format All WSS Grant application forms should be submitted before the COB Thursday, 30th June 2022. Please, make sure to include your VNPF receipts and Schedule starting from Feb 2022 till end of August 2022…

NOMINATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE AND WOMENS REPRESENTATIVE SEATS ON THE COUNCIL OPEN NOW!

As per the CCIV Act, at the first Council meeting after the AGM the new Council votes to fill the Agriculture representative seat and Women’s representative seat on the VCCI Council. Nominations are now open for these positions on the Council, and we will be open to receiving nominations up to COB 13th July, 2022. We encourage nominations from dedicated members of the business community who would like to represent their industry sector (Agriculture) and their fellow women in business (Women’s representative). Please send your completed form (attached here) and current business license to the General Manager, Astrid Boulekone, at generalmamager@vcci.vu, or drop it into the VCCI Offices in Port Vila. We look forward to your nominations, The VCCI team

VCCI is Hiring!

VCCI is looking to fill two positions to assist in its services delivery – Project Supervisor, and a Finance Coach. Project Supervisor role We are currently operating in Shefa and Sanma, with plans for de-centralisation of services permanently to Tafea and Malampa in the next 18 months. What we are focusing on now is building the right team. In this role, the supervisor will be responsible for the management of service delivery staffing and their workplans, and ad-hoc project implementation when required in Port Vila, Santo and Tanna, and potentially other islands. We are looking for someone who can manage people, activities and budgets, and who can contribute to the strengthening of development and implementation of donor funded programs. To download the TOR click here….

THANK YOU CAROLYN ERNST!

Yesterday was our Council member Carolyn Ernst’s last day as representative for Small Business at the Chamber. Carolyn has been a valued member of the Chamber since 2014, representing tourism, women in business and small business over the years. Running multiple businesses in tour operations and agriculture over her 40+ years in Vanuatu, she has worked with and trained dozens of local staff from her surrounding community in Rentapau. Today she gave her time to join Velenie Jacob (Council member for Women) and Adrian Toka (VCCI Business Information Officer) at FM107 for the lunchtime talk back show to share her experiences and to promote our upcoming AGM on 23 June. We thank you Carolyn for all you have contributed to VCCI and look forward to…

Business News, 9 June 2022

Dear members, We have an extensive newsletter to share with you today, including information about SBO training in Tanna next week, free soft skills training support on offer for our businesses in Tourism, an update on our work supporting the IDF grant program and a reminder of our AGM in 2 weeks’ time. More detail can be found below: Join the Council – ‘Be the Change’ VCCI is holding its Annual General Meeting in Port Vila on 23 June. This year we have 8 seats available on the Council representing the following industry sectors: Tourism, Construction, Small Business (2), Large Business, Finance and Land Transport. To promote the event we have created a short video, please click here to watch two of our Council members Christoph…

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