Chamber News

The Tourism Business Support Program explained

The Department of Tourism (DoT) is offering a recovery package to tourism operators across all 6 provinces to assist in keeping the tourism sector operational during border closures. The program has several ways it can help tourism business operators. Survival Grants The first is with costs associated with keeping your business operational. More specifically with costs associated with cleaning, maintenance, gardening, security, safety and utility bills. If you are able to provide DoT with the following documents, please click on the link below to be taken to the online application form: Tourism permit Business licence VFSC certificate Signed Code of Conduct for your Tourism Business (if you don’t have one, a template will be provided to you by the DoT on receiving your application) Evidence…

Yu bin atendem wan trening blong lukaot gud bisnis long saed blong COVID-19?

Olsem wan  bisnis we I regista,yu mas atendem wan fri woksop we Depatmen blong pablik helt I stap givim aot. Afta lo woksop bae yu kasem, 5 samting blo mekem,  save wanem blong mekem wetem wan stika we bae yu putum long bisnis blong yu blong letem ol kastoma blong yu save se bisnis blong yu hemi sev. Sapos yu stap long Port Vila, bae gat aftanun sesen long tumoro Tesdei mo Fraedei. Tim bae i stap long Tanna blong ranem fri woksop ia long Waetsans lo namba 16 mo long Lenekel lo namba 17 mo 18 long manis Jun. Bae bae tim I stap bakeken lo Santo lo namba 23, 24, mo 25 long manis ia blo givim aot fri woksop lo Luganvile. Blong…

Stress, Wari mo Tingting tumas

Written by: Jinny Ruben: BHSC (OT), Dip LC, Business and Life Coach Stress hemi wan filing lo yu wan taem yu gat presa lo laef blo yu. Bodi blo yu, mind blo yu mo filing blo yu hemi showem aot riaksen lo stress. Samtaem yu gat headache, ol muscle oli tight tumas, yu no save silip gud, heart blo yu I pump hariap tumas, yu wari, mind blo yu I no save settle, yu harem no gud, yu filim sad mo depressed.  Samtaem riaksen blo yu hemi kros kwik mo yu save talem sam toktok weh I save ofendem naraman mo samtaem yu save mekem action weh I no stret. Fulap samting hemi kosem stress olsem wari taem yu no gat enaf mane, I gat…

Interested in e-commerce? Free workshops next week here at VCCI!

Interested in e-commerce? Participate in any or all of the 6 following free workshops to start or further develop your business online. VCCI has kindly been offered this opportunity for you, our members, via our colleagues at Pacific Digital Transformation. TradeWorthy*, a trusted adviser to Government and businesses on trade, investment and economic development, in partnership with the Ministry of Trade, Tourism, Cooperatives and Ni Vanuatu Business is supported by DFAT funding, to bring you these 2 hour sessions, facilitated by experts in their fields here and overseas. Click here to view the workshops PDF guide Venue: VCCI conference room Time: from 2pm to 4pm (2 hr sessions) Session topics: eReadiness – Check How ready is your business for e-commerce – Monday 7 June E-commerce…

Review of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry Act

We have a contract opportunity for a talented consultant to help the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry reshape the current CCIV Act. Apply By: 6 June 2021 Period of Contract: 50 days over June to November 2021 The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is Vanuatu’s National Private Sector organisation. It is a statutory body with a 16-member Council that represents Vanuatu’s private sector. All businesses with a valid Vanuatu business license are automatically VCCI members. VCCI’s aims to be an organisation that makes a unique and significant contribution to the future of the country by representing the private sector in dialogue with Government and others, and by providing effective business development services across the country. The Chambers of Commerce and Industry of…

Tourism seat on the VCCI Council

Are you a member of the Tourism sector, looking for a great opportunity? A position on the VCCI Council has become available due the resignation of Elizabeth Pechan, who will be greatly missed by staff and fellow councilors alike of VCCI. We are interested in receiving expressions of interest from tourism business representatives, who would like to bring their passion, experience and sector network to the Tourism seat. We are looking for a cover letter, explaining why you are interested in the position on the Council, and what you would bring if you were appointed to the Council, which will be discussed and decided upon at the next Council meeting on 10 June 2021. Expressions of Interest can be emailed directly to Astrid Boulekone, General…

Second Stimulus Package

It was with great pleasure that I listened to the announcement from the Prime Minister on Friday with regards to a second stimulus package. This scheme provides hope to businesses that they will get through this crisis. If we are able to keep the majority of businesses open and people in jobs then this will reduce both the short-term humanitarian impact of COVID-19, and make our recovery more likely in the future. The Wage Subsidy Scheme is targeting businesses who have been most impacted, and directly contributes to the salaries of their workers. By protecting these businesses and jobs, the Government is sending a clear message of determination and hope out into the community. The SME Support Scheme provides direct support to many of our…

3 Tips for Other Women in Business

“I’m starting to see the results in my business now and this is what inspires me” says Sylvia with her warm and cheeky smile. A brave and resilient businesswoman from Mele, Sylvia has seen her share of struggles and discloses her thoughts and tips to us, in the hope to provide inspiration to others facing the same situations. Sylvia has been managing her family store for some years now, and juggling the children, the family obligations and keeping everyone happy hasn’t always been easy. It got tougher with the COVID situation. Her husband has now been away for 15 months working the banana fields in Australia. This has meant more responsibilities for her to manage. But luckily, she is not alone. Her brother Eric attended…

Private Sector Supports Oxfam Disability Initiative

The compounding impacts of COVID-19 restrictions, Tropical Cyclone Harold, and volcano ashfall in Vanuatu, spanning from March 2020 until today has resulted in a significant reduction in income and livelihoods across Vanuatu, particularly amongst households with pre-existing vulnerabilities. The Oxfam UnBlocked Cash program supports people affected by the cyclone, COVID-19 job losses, and the ash fall, and has now launched its support program in Shefa province focusing on people living with disabilities. Despite the Oxfam approach being different in each province, there’s one thing that’s proven consistent: that the private sector engagement has been exceedingly strong. Led by the Vanuatu Business Resilience Council (VBRC) the engagement of the private sector focuses on the shops and stores who are referred to as ‘vendors’ and their support…

April workshops coming up!

April’s workshop schedule is hotting up! More information below, register to book your seats now: How to Register Business START SMART- 06th April Would you like to start your own business? Here’s where to start by joining our facilitator Lopez Adams for a half day workshop on how to START SMART. Lopez will take you through the steps you need to take to start a business, including taking your idea and looking at it first from all angles. This workshop is great for anyone who wants to take the first step into running their own business. Don’t forget to START SMART! Business Basics – 09th April This full day workshop, facilitated by ANZ banks Turoa Vatoko, provides you with a greater understanding on how you…

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