Chamber News

VCCI’s first Women in Business event a success!

VCCI has held its first ‘women in business’ lunchtime event in Port Vila at Chantilly’s on the Bay, generously sponsored by BSP Vanuatu. The Wednesday lunchtime event was attended by over 70 local business women, and focused on networking, sharing experiences and for VCCI to learn more about what it can do to better provide business development services, support and advice to its women in business. Our MC and key note speaker Mrs Julia Malas King, Women’s Group representative on VCCI’s council, entertained and inspired the crowd with her stories and lessons she has learnt over the years first as an employee of a large Ni Vanuatu owned business, to moving to being a business owner herself. Julia is a director and co-owner of Kava…

Calling all businesses in Santo

Come along and learn what VCCI is doing for you VCCI is inviting you, the Santo business community, to a meeting event hosted by the Chamber and BSP Vanuatu on Friday 1 November 2019 at the Chiefs Nakamal in Luganville, Santo, from 10am until 12pm. Lunch will be then provided for participants. It is hoped that business owners and representatives will then stay on for the afternoon session on the Employment Act with the Department of Labour representatives. VCCI wants to share news and updates on its activities in Port Vila and plans for provincial based activities, while also hearing back from the private sector on what they want to see from the VCCI in future. VCCI Business Services Manager Yvonne Leo Taiki will also…

VCCI training to Shefa Small Businesses to thinking innovatively!

19 business owners and managers from across Shefa province have completed an intensive 8 day training workshop on Product Innovation, Quality Innovation and Business Planning training, facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry earlier this month. This training was organized in collaboration with the Department of Cooperatives, the Department of Tourism and the Department of Industry, who assisted in the identification of businesses in attendance. These business men and women are all experienced operators, managing and running farms, guest houses and bungalows, retailing, handicraft, tour guiding, manufacturing and cooperatives in Efate, Epi, Emae, Tongoa and Nguna. The training focused on discussing and learning about innovation and creativity in Product and Services, with participants then able to use this learning when looking at their own…

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…