Chamber News

Vanuatu Economic Outlook Report from a Private Sector’s Perspective

VCCI is proud to present to you the finalised Vanuatu Economic Outlook Report from a Private Sector’s Perspective, produced to provide an accurate and up-to-date snapshot of how industry sectors are faring in light of the compounding crises of COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold of earlier this year. Please click here to download the report The findings were designed to inform the Government and Private Sector Working Forum, which occurred on the 30 September and 1st October 2020 at National Convention Centre in Port Vila. Any feedback on the report can be sent to reception@vcci.vu

LEADING THE WAY GLOBALLY – The Vanuatu Business Resilience Council Partners With OXFAM To Implement Their Unblocked Cash Response In Vanuatu

The compounding impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and Tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu, spanning from March until today has resulted in a significant reduction in income and livelihoods across Vanuatu, particularly amongst households with pre-existing vulnerabilities. In order to address the needs of our people Oxfam in Vanuatu is planning to deploy a large-scale cash transfer response, and as winners of international recognition on innovation Oxfam is implementing their proven approach for humanitarian response/emergency recovery here in Vanuatu – an Unblocked Cash response. What is Unblocked Cash? This solution focuses on the distribution of support via goods and services to those most vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 and TC Harold compounding crises. Rather than receiving funds in the form of cash or food supplies,…

Join the VCCI Givhan long Bisnis Prokram

VCCI is delighted to offer the Port Vila business community the chance to join the ‘Givhan long Bisnis Prokram’. This program will provide selected small to medium businesses with business support over a 6 month period. The support includes a mentor who supports the business and assists by guiding and sharing experience with the business owner. This is expected to improve better decision making, growth and expansion and develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours business people need to maximise their potential in their business.  The support also includes access to technical workshops and more workshop based learning opportunities. This initial program for 6 months is offered free of charge to the participant and is financed through the Chamber of Commerce and Industries’ Business Support Centre project sponsored…

Business News, Monday 31 August 2020

Dear members, the wet weather hasn’t slowed down our ongoing activities, or the opportunities for you to engage in matters that effect you. Please read below for updates.   Business License Act Consultation Meeting update Thank you to those who were able to attend last week. It marks the beginning of future dialogue with the Ministry of Finance. For those of you unable to attend please find the PowerPoint presentation of MFEM attached. We are working with the Ministry to set dates for future focus group discussions and will keep you informed and updated. Click here to download the presentation   Seeking a potential candidate to represent VCCI in the Price Advisory Committee The VCCI is seeking a candidate(s) interested in representing the Chamber on the Price Advisory Committee….

Business News, Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Dear members, we are pleased to announce the launching of our mentoring program, read more about this, and other opportunities to engage below. Join the VCCI Givhan long Bisnis Prokram VCCI is delighted to offer the Port Vila business community the chance to join the ‘Givhan long Bisnis Prokram’. This program will provide selected small to medium businesses with business support over a 6 month period. The support includes a mentor who supports the business and assists by guiding and sharing experience with the business owner. This is expected to improve better decision making, growth and expansion and develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours business people need to maximise their potential in their business.  The support also includes access to technical workshops and more workshop based learning…

A message from VCCI’s newly elected President, Mr. Antoine Boudier

It is with great pleasure that I can now share with you that I have accepted the role of President of the VCCI Council. It is also with great pleasure that I can announce I am joined by James Roy Matariki who will be working alongside me as VCCI’s 1st Vice President for the next 2 years, joined by David Russet at 2nd Vice President. The Council is also joined by Julia Johnstone as Air Transport representative, and we welcome back Julia King for another term as Women’s Group representative and David Russet as our Agriculture representative. Many of you may know me from my roles on various boards and associations. For those of you who do not, I was born here in Vanuatu, and…

VCCI Employment Stabilization Payment (ESP) Survey Results

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI) received in total 167 completed surveys from business members on the Employment Stabilization Payment and we would like to share the summarized findings with you in the presentation attached. Click here to download the presentation In essence there are several key findings we would like the Government to be aware of: Over 60% of eligible businesses are yet to receive April payments. This percentage increases for May and June. As the Employment Stabilization Payment was designed to support employees to remain in paid employment during the COVID-19 crisis period it is becoming increasingly more difficult for businesses to be able to pay their staff while waiting for the promised support. 42% of businesses that have applied for…

What is Business & Life Coaching?

At VCCI we have recognised that times are really tough for business owners at the moment. In response to this we are extending the support we can offer to some of our members. One of these services is Business & Life Coaching. We have engaged local consultant Jinny Ruben to provide this service. Jinny, is a proud kiwi, married to a Ni-Vanuatu for over 20 years and mum to 4 gorgeous children. She is a life and business coach and Qualified Occupational Therapist. Jinny has called Vanuatu home for over 16 years and is comfortable working in English and Bislama. Her business experience spans over 20 years and includes a wide and vibrant range of businesses that she has owned and operated and/or worked in. …

Upcoming Workshop open to all!

Dealing with Change and Unknowns – How to Manoeuvre, negotiate and ‘get through’ the current times VCCI is facilitating this half day workshop for our business license holders on 7 June from 9am here at the Chamber conference room. The workshop will provide participants with practical tools to navigate change and unknowns. It includes tips on negotiation skills – how to effectively negotiate in the current climate and aims to support clients to being more equipped to survive and thrive through challenges that are faced and to gain a greater sense of community and unity in the current climate through shared experiences. For enrolment please email reception@vcci.vu or call Maxi on 27543. Places will be limited so please do not delay!   Expressions of Interest…

Business News

Dear members, we have a lot of good news, information and opportunities to share with you today, including the results of our Council member elections from Tuesday night’s VCCI Annual General Meeting. Keep reading below… VCCI Council Election Results We would like to thank everyone who came along last night to the VCCI AGM held in Port Vila, and to especially thank the wonderful candidates who put themselves forward for consideration to join the VCCI Council for 2020. We were delighted to have so many business people in the room, over 110 by our count. A big congratulations to the following successful business representatives, all whom have a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to represent their industry sector on the VCCI Council: New Council…

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