Chamber News

Business News, Friday 18 March 2022

Dear members, We have been diligently following up on the matters below, while our VCCI President and VBRC Chairman continue to negotiate and seek resolutions with the Government on ways support can be offered to you during these unprecedented times. If and when these discussions lead to important updates to share with you, we will do so immediately. We do not want to fill your inboxes with false promises. Instead, we will continue to focus on what we can do for you. As we navigate through these unprecedented times, we want to remind you of the rules in place, set by the Government. Unless you are an essential business you cannot be open and operating as per normal in Level 3. We are in Level…


Dear members, It can be easy to get confused about Essential Services and Support Services, with some businesses not operating when they could be, and some businesses operating when they should not. While VCCI is still seeking more clarity on this from the Government, here’s our current guidelines and answers to some of the questions we are asked frequently. If you are still unsure, please ring our VCCI on call staff member Marineth on 27543 / 7123967 and she will be able to assist you. If she does not have the answer you need immediately, she will research it and reply to you in a timely manner. We wish to also acknowledge the hardships the lockdown curfew is causing businesses not on the essential services…

ATTENTION ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND SUPPORT SERVICES: Safe Business Operations training is back on at VCCI!

VCCI will be hosting Safe Business Operations (SBO) Training tomorrow, Friday 11 March and again on Tuesday 15 March focusing on Work Health & Safety (WHS) planning, which is required by the Ministry of Health for your business to operate during the current pandemic crisis. We will be hosting two SBO trainings each day, from 9:00am -11:00am and again from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. It is important to know that this training will ONLY be provided to businesses who fall under the Essential Business Category list approved by the Ministry of Health. All workshops will be held at VCCI with strict enforcement of Covid -19 safety protocols. If you wish to attend please call 7780870 to book a place for you or your staff to attend….

Businesses looking to import or export – message from Air Vanuatu

Air Vanuatu is working on how to improve the flow of cargo of goods in storage warehouses in Australia and New Zealand to be air freighted from key international airports of Australia and New Zealand to Port Vila, Vanuatu, after a meeting with VCCI, freight forwarders, and Vanuatu Post Ltd. Air Vanuatu is also working with Vanuatu Post Ltd on how to improve the flow of export of local products by air freight from Port Vila to various destinations in Asia, Europe and USA. Air Vanuatu is sharing this attached freight flight plan focusing particularly on inbound and outbound cargo only, all inbound passenger on hold until further notice by the authorities of Vanuatu. Air Vanuatu will notify all of any changes to the flight in due course….


Dear members, The Ministry of Health has advised us you must go directly to the Ministry of Health in relation to approval to operate and worker passes. You may like to try the following email address of an officer who we believe that may be assisting with vehicle passes: We will offer to provide the Ministry of Health with all applications and information submitted to date. We apologise for inconveniences caused. We tried our best to be of assistance to you all and make this a simple process.


Dear members, we wish to reassure you that we are doing all we can to get the correct and true information from the Ministry of Health to you so that you can make decisions accordingly. We encourage those of you who are not following VCCI on Facebook to do so, where we are posting updates regularly. We also encourage you to follow Vanuatu Business Resilience Councils’ Facebook to receive regular updates from Chair Glen Craig. Can you operate in Alert Level 3? We are now in Alert Level 3. For private businesses, prohibitions that continue to apply on Efate and its Offshore Islands include: all workplaces (other than workplaces providing essential services) are closed and must not require any employee to attend the workplace; and…

Important Fact Sheets from Ministry of Health

Dear all, important information from the Ministry of Health. Download and read this important information, to keep you and your loved ones safe: If you or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 If you or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, they need to isolate immediately. Isolation means staying away from everyone else in your household. Isolation is needed to stop the infected person from coming into contact with other people and causing them to become sick as well. By stopping contact between an infected person and others, it is possible to avoid the infection of many people. Fact Sheet: If you, or someone in your family, has COVID-19 What is a close contact of someone with COVID-19 If you, or…

Employment Advice and COVID-19

VCCI has sought legal advice to create the attached set of Employment Guidelines related to COVID-19. The guidelines are based on the current laws, regulations and orders in place in Vanuatu, and cover the following topics: Can I require my employees to be vaccinated? Can I terminate my employees if they refuse to be vaccinated? Can I stop people from entering my business if they are not vaccinated? If we have community transmissions, what are my responsibilities towards ‘at-risk’ employees e.g. elderly, pregnant or underlying illnesses? What are my responsibilities towards my employees during a lockdown? What happens if one of my employees cannot work because they have COVID-19? What happens if one of my employees cannot work because they are isolating? Click here to…

Business News, Wednesday 2 March 2022

Dear members, Wanting to learn more about safe business operations, WHS planning, or wanting more personalised support? VCCI is here to help. We also have an update on Australia Awards and we begin our journey with business members from the creative industries this week. BUSINESSES, LETS GET COVID READY! Wanting to learn more about safe business operations, WHS planning, or wanting more personalised support? VCCI is here to help. Over the coming weeks VCCI will be offering a range of opportunities for you to get your business COVID ready. Select from the options below, and contact us to book your place. Get started – have you, or your nominated staff safety officer, attended our basic Safe Business Operations training Workshop? Come along to learn about…

Business News, Tuesday 22 February 2022

Dear members, We have an important announcement in relation to the postponement of tomorrow’s construction industry consultation, and an update from PVMC on road and drainage maintenance in and around Port Vila. Read more below. We also wanted to share with you an inspiring video of women in business, to bring you joy on this sunny Tuesday afternoon. We hope you enjoy. Consultation meeting with owners of the Construction Industry tomorrow is postponed The Department of Labour (DoL) meeting with owners of businesses in the construction industry scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. The DoL has not yet confirmed another date for the consultation meeting. In the meantime, DoL is encouraging you to read through the final draft of the Vanuatu SoP for OHS in…

Covid 19 Video Updates

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