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 to VCCI’s membership and other stakeholders including Government.
Our new vision statement, A stable and prosperous economy, encouraging trade, investment and providing economic opportunities for all members of society throughout Vanuatu, is proudly borrowed from the country’s National Sustainable Development Plan. It clearly indicates VCCI’s intention to become an organisation that makes a unique and significant contribution to the future of the country by representing the private sector in dialogue with Government and others, and by providing effective business development services across the country.
The Strategic Plan is VCCI’s commitment to transformation, to becoming a sustainable and valued organisation. Of course, words don’t make change happen. Actions do. We will be judged on how well we implement our plan which will no doubt require some refinement as we move forward, but I believe it lays out a clear pathway for us follow. I hope the plan will give others the confidence to come with us on the journey, partnering and collaborating with us, and providing funding support.
We are now a new team. A team that is looking forward to a challenging but productive and rewarding few years ahead as we transform VCCI into the kind of chamber we are all proud to be part of.
We look forward to bringing you more news about the Chamber’s people and plans, on this page over the coming months.