Chamber News

An introduction to VCCI’s new Council for 2019

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 10 May. With over 100 business people in attendance the following members were elected for a two year term: Mr Loic Bernier, Caillard KaddourMr Antoine Boudier, Vate Electrics Mr Jack Loughman, Vanuatu Co-operative Business NetworkMr Tangavel Barlen Lutchmoodoo, TVLMr John Tonner, South Sea Shipping Mrs Joanne Wade, Friendly Bungalows, Tanna Mrs Sandrine Wallez, ACTIV Mr John Warmington, The Bottom Line Mr Laurence Cameron, Pacific Customs & Freight Agencies They join our existing sitting Council members: Mr Shaun Gilchrist, Azure Pure WaterMr Toara Karie, Belair AirwaysMr Donald Massing, Port Vila Efaté Land Transport AssociationMr James Roy Matariki, Ni-Vanuatu Builders AssociationMr David Russet, Bellevue Property Management In addition, on Thursday 16 May, VCCI…

What is the Vanuatu Business Resilience Council?

The Vanuatu Business Resilience Council (VBRC) was established in late 2017 by support through UNDP’s Connecting Business initiative (CBI), and is a standing committee of Vanuatu’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The VBRC’s role is to coordinate and strengthen engagement of the private sector in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery, and climate change adaptation and mitigation in Vanuatu. The Council is currently made up of 7 executive members. These members are individuals of the private sector with representation from small and large business, tourism, finance, logistics and climate change advisory services. The VBRC represents the private sector on the National Advisory Board on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (NAB) as an observer, representing local business and industry. To make contact with…

Business Preparedness Planning Workshops in Santo, Malekula and Tanna

Over 100 business owners and operators across three provincial locations have completed intensive one day workshops on Business Preparedness Planning, aimed at building the resilience of the private sector to disruptions caused by both manmade and natural events. VCCI trainers Yvonne Leo Taiki, Irene Titek and Jack Ulas from Youth Challenge travelled to Luganville, Lakatoro, and Lenakel over the past 3 weeks to deliver these trainings.    ‘The purpose of the workshops was to guide businesses through a planning process by which the end product is a tailored Business Continuity or Preparation Plan, to be created with staff input and implemented in times of business disruption. Disruptions discussed range from a simple power outage, all the way to experiencing a tropical cyclone’ says Yvonne, VCCI’s…

New job opportunities. Join the VCCI team

To help the Chamber achieve its goals, we are looking for four new team members to develop and deliver high quality, member-focused services. Next week we will be advertising the following positions: Research and Policy Analyst Communications Officer Administration Officer Business Information and Advice Officer Please visit Link Personnel Services to find out more.

Digital Transformation in the Pacific – Pacific ICT Days 2019

Business Link Pacific (BLP) proudly supports business advisory professionals to reach a wider audience and connect with new clients. In Vanuatu, BLP has partnered with the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to strengthen business support networks and support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Vanuatu. Digital transformation is the latest buzz word for business in the Pacific. This week we hear from BLP’s in-country partner Savvy Vanuatu, who attended the 2019 Pacific ICT (Information Communication Technology) Days, held at the National Convention Centre in Vanuatu. Business Link Pacific’s (BLP) Vanuatu business advisory network members AJC and Pacific Digital Transformation Consulting are leading the Pacific digital revolution in Vanuatu by supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to bridge the digital divide. In recognition, these…

The way forward for VCCI – A message from President Shaun Gilchrist

I became president of VCCI on 1 January this year and since then I, my fellow council members and staff have been taking a critical look at the performance of the Chamber. We have accepted that the organisation is not functioning as it should and that it is time for some radical changes. We have quickly been able to change the tone of VCCI’s dialogue with Government. I am pleased that VCCI’s constructive approach has been widely recognised and appreciated. Now we have turned our attention to putting in place a new vision, mission and strategic objectives, and identifying the practical things VCCI can do to ensure that it meets its statutory obligations, as far as it can within its resource constraints, and delivers value…

A great opportunity for female entrepreneurs!

The yher Pacific Accelerator program is searching for the most ambitious, game changing, female-led impact ventures in the Pacific. The program is offering an opportunity to female entrepreneurs to take part in a week-long intensive entrepreneurship program designed to fast track your early stage venture. They will provide training and mentorship while also connecting you to an inspiring group of fellow female entrepreneurs working hard to create a better world. Also, potential access to of AUD$25,000 in prize funding is available for the winners of a peer review and audience votes. The yher Pacific Accelerator program are looking for ventures who: Have at least one female founder Are local to the Pacifi­c Islands – you intimately understand the problem you are trying to solve. Have…

Digital Transformation in the Pacific: The Kava House, Vanuatu

Business Link Pacific (BLP) proudly supports business advisory professionals to reach a wider audience and connect with new clients. In Vanuatu, BLP has partnered with the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to strengthen business support networks and support small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Vanuatu. In this article we’re focusing on the Digital Transformation of small and medium sized businesses in the Pacific. Through the BLP Subsidy we’ve connected business advisory services with eligible small businesses in need of digital marketing advice and assistance. Pandanus Consulting  Pandanus Consulting’s professional and responsive team draw from their unique knowledge of Vanuatu and the Pacific to create relevant solutions that work. A multi-disciplined agency with over 30 years combined experience in marketing, advertising and graphic design,…

Did you know?

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is a Statutory Body established in 1995 by the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Vanuatu CAP 236 Act. This legislation sets the structure of the “Capital Council” at 16 members. These members represent: small and large business, tourism, agriculture, finance, construction, manufacturing, land, air and sea transport, women’s organisations and public utilities Every business license holder in Vanuatu is automatically a member of VCCI, with voting rights at each Annual General Meeting. Each Council member is voted in by business owners for two-year terms. Council members’ terms are staggered to ensure representation continuity.  Council meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday of the month.  We actively encourage the business community to contact Council members representing…