Chamber News

Cyclone Preparation Checklist for Businesses

In preparation for the Tropical Cyclone Harold, the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI) has developed a checklist which you can follow to ensure your business is safe and secure. The more you are able to protect your business and property during cyclones and weather events, the faster you will be able to operate again after the event. Click here to download the Cyclone Preparation Checklist (English) Klikim ples ia blo daonlodem saeklon prepesen jeklis – (Bislama) Cliquez ici pour télécharger la Préparation au cyclone (French)

Update on the Economic and Financial Stimulus Package

The Government is busy working on the implementation of the financial stimulus package now. The aim is to make this available quickly and for it to be as simple and automated as is possible. VCCI is working to support this task on matters for businesses and employees and will be communicating on how this will be implemented in the coming days. We ask you to please be patient. Meanwhile we suggest you keep your records up to date and keep your receipts for payments, payroll and VNPF.

VCCI Covid-19 Information for Businesses, Wednesday 1 April 2020

Vanuatu Government’s Economic Stimulus Package We would like to share with you today the Prime Minister’s overview of the Vanuatu Government’s Economic Stimulus Package. Please find it attached here. We are continuing to work closely with the Government on this and focus has moved now to the detail of how these initiatives will be made available to you, the employers and employees. Please stay connected via the VCCI Facebook page to be updated quickly and access information on this and other matters.   VCCI to provide important employers service via Government 119 Hotline One of the initiatives we are launching to help you in these complex times is a dedicated support person via the Government’s 119 Hotline. The Chamber will be providing staff who…

Vanuatu Business Resilience Council provides Tools & Support to Government

Lead by trainer Irene Titek, the Vanuatu Business Resilience Council (VBRC) has been working with the Public Service Commission to provide Business Continuity Planning training and tools to all senior officers of the Vanuatu Government. ‘Being ready early is so important” says Mrs Titek “We have ready prepared materials and tools which the Government will be able to use to assist with structuring and planning COVID-19 specific business/service preparedness or continuity plans.” The implementation of free workshops to the Government was quickly organised and took place last week. The training covered many topics relevant to the current situation including risk identification and prioritization of plans to keep services up and running during times of disruption. These new tools and skills will now be implemented across…

Enough Food Supplies in Country

In all this chaos we need to stay focused on some of our assets as well as the challenges. On a positive note it is rewarding to see the recent video released on the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Facebook and web pages, that private sector feedback on the food situation is one of stability. They are confirming that ships are coming in with imported goods and farmers have plenty of fresh food stocks. With reduced tourists and therefore less demand, the countries production of vegetables, beef and so on are more than enough to feed our population across Vanuatu. The Food Security and Agriculture Cluster a government and private sector working group, have indicated the food situation is robust and there is…

Providing Practical Solutions for Communications

“We thank the telecommunications companies who have quickly come up with relevant solutions” says Mr Andrew Middlebrook head of The Vanuatu Business Resilience Council’s (VBRC) communication cluster “in situations like this it’s vital to be able to communicate quickly, effectively and affordably” 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. In this case, one tactical approach that has worked well this week has been led by Mr Andrew Middlebrook working in close co-operation with the CEO’s of Digicel and TVL and both operators have come forward with offers to assist in these difficult times and they will be releasing them over the coming…

VCCI Covid-19 Information for Businesses, Thursday 26 March 2020

Dear members, We want to let you know we are working tirelessly to make sure you, the private sector is being looked after and represented in government decision making at this critical time. We will be updating you regularly as announcements are made, please contact us with any questions you may have. We have two important announcements below. For more information contact VCCI on 27543 or email   Vanuatu Business Support Packages Available Now Good news for Vanuatu businesses affected by the Covid-19 situation. The Business Link Pacific program, a private sector development program funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is now offering up to 100% subsidies on related business support services to Vanuatu businesses. This includes support…

We are all in this together

One of the things that makes Vanuatu such a treasure to us all is how we smile through adversity. When the going gets tough, we pull together. We look out for each other, and we make sure no one gets left behind. VCCI’s Vanuatu Business Resilience Council was formed after cyclone Pam to help prepare businesses for the next disaster. Well, here it is, and here we are. The coming months will present us with great challenges. COVID-19 isn’t like a cyclone that just comes and goes. We will need to adapt the way we do business for a period of time. We will get through this by working together. We need to establish habits and standards that promote hygiene and health. That means sanitation…

Covid 19 Video Updates

31 March 2020
26 March 2020