Dear members, this email is to invite you to the Gender and Trade Symposium being held in Port Vila at the end of this week. VCCI is working in partnership with our regional colleagues at PIFS, the MSG secretariat and the European Union to provide the private sector an opportunity to engage throughout this symposium.
The symposium is running over two mornings on Thursday 18th August and Friday 19th August. Venue is the Warrick Le Lagon. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, and if you are not in Port Vila do not worry, you can Zoom in as a participant to listen. Link below:
Meeting ID: 825 2650 6188
On Thursday 18th August there are 2 key breakout sessions after the symposium morning opening session (which runs from 9am – 9.30am):
1st session is on Trade, Employment, Youth and Gender – there will be a presentation by the Department of Labour and from the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions to speak on labour mobility programs. Then a special session led a female returned seasonal worker.
Rebecca Bogiri, Female Entrepreneur and VCCI Council Member for Land Transport will be on the panel and speaking from the private sectors perspective.
The second breakout session is on Aid for Trade and Gender. This particular session led by Luisa Letlet, from VAMU under the Ministry for Trade, discusses Aid for Trade and how it has promoted more female participation in trade, and will highlight the Pacific Aid for Trade Strategy 2020-2025.
Joanna Spencer, Development Adviser from VCCI will help facilitate this discussion.
On Friday 19th August there are 2 key breakout sessions after the symposium morning opening session (which runs from 9am – 9.30am):
Breakout session on Storian Blo Business – Trade Finance and Market Preparedness.
LeeAnne Sackett, Female Entrepreneur and legal consultant for the VCCI will be on the panel and talk to some of the challenges for businesses, and women in business in Vanuatu to access trade and export markets overseas.
The second breakout session is on Free Trade agreements and gender inclusion. Director of External Trade Joe Pakoa will give key highlights of the PICTA and PACER Plus agreements, including on the issue of gender inclusivity.
Millie Ogden, Female Entrepreneur, and VCCI Council Member for Utilities will be on the panel and talking about access to digital and e-commerce solutions in a pacific island state.
11.40 – 12.30
A very important third breakout session will be held later on the second morning, focusing on market preparedness and standards.
Dion Palu, VCCI’s Export Consultant and HACPP/Organics Certification Specialist will be joining this panel to share his observations and expertise in Vanuatu’s preparedness and standards space.
Please do come along and join us for one or both days. Both days will start with formalities and addresses from the EU and WTO, and then onto the sessions explained above.
We hope to see you there,