AgriTourism Forum 5th December, Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee Meeting 5th December 2017 and Other News

AGRITOURISM FORUM 5 December 2017

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) wishes to advise that the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Tourism and Ni Vanuatu Business, and the Department of Agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, are kindly inviting any interested businesses to attend a full day Agritourism Forum that will be held on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at the Melanesian Conference Room.

The theme for the forum is “From Farm to Table”. This program is to engage farmers who are ready to supply their produce to the domestic markets of hotels, resorts and restaurants in Port Vila and Luganville.

Please click to view and download National AgriTourism Forum 2017 Program

If you are interested to attend and contribute to the Agritourism Forum, you can confirm your attendance to the Committee Secretary, Linda Sam at the Department of Tourism, by phone 33400 or by email [email protected]

 

VANUATU BUSINESS RESILIENCE COMMITTEE MEETING 5 DECEMBER 2017

The first Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC) Meeting will take place on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 3pm at VCCI.

The meeting will be attended by both the Executive Members and Regular Members of VBRC. Any interested businesses are also invited to attend the meeting.

For any further information, you can contact VCCI Reception by phone 27543 or mobile 7123 967, and by email [email protected]

ILO SURVEY 2017 ON WOMEN IN BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) wishes to advise that the Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP) of International Labour Organisation (ILO), together with a research services firm, is conducting a global survey on Women in Business and Management.

Vanuatu businesses are invited to respond to this survey questionnaire.

The results of the survey will be used to track progress on women’s leadership in the private sector, building on the results captured in the 2013 global survey, and will be presented in a publicly available global report to be released in 2019.

To ensure the views of Vanuatu businesses are captured in this report and to help ILO continue to respond to our needs on gender diversity and women’s entrepreneurship, VCCI would encourage you to send out the survey link to business association members and any businesses.

The survey will run from 28 November 2017 to 19 December 2017 and can be accessed in multiple languages and on mobile devices via this link:

https://surveys.globaltestmarket.com/survey/gmi/v3/EMEA/112159145/ClientSample?_dj

VCCI thanks you in advance for your help and participation.

For more information, you can contact VCCI Reception by phone 27543 or mobile 7123 967, and by email [email protected]

 

THE DEATH OF LOCAL INDUSTRIES

Vanuatu is a country with a small manufacturing sector less developed since most of the raw materials are imported. The market being very small, depreciation on investments weighs heavily in the costs of the locally made products. This also explains a high cost of energy for the Vanuatu zone, and this cost of energy is relatively heavy in the costs of production of manufacturers and economic actors in the country.

All the neighbouring countries of Vanuatu have put in place protection policies and measures aimed to help their local industries including Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, and Tahiti. However, in Vanuatu to the reverse, the country is studying the possibilities on how to increase taxation on local industries! If this is confirmed, this will result in the increase of prices, the automation of the manufactories having the effect of reducing the number of staff employed by local businesses.

Although the workforce cost is lower in Vanuatu than the workforce cost in some neighbouring countries, the cost of producing in Vanuatu is higher because the import duties are higher compared to low duties on finished products, thus causing a ludicrous situation where imported finished products are less expensive than the locally made products, as it is now the case for imported windows and locally produced windows. These locally made products in Vanuatu are the products that generate local employment and VAT.

The VCCI representative, General Manager, has been appointed to represent the VCCI and private sector in the recently set up Industry Support Taskforce Committee (ISTC) under the Ministry of Tourism Trade Industry and Ni Vanuatu Businesses following the COM Decision 270 of 2017.

The ISTC is composed of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Industry and Ni Vanuatu Businesses, the Ministry of Finance, the Department of Industry, the Tax Policy Unit of Department of Finance and Economic Management, the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Department of External Trade, the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue, and the Department of Agriculture. There is only one appointed member representing Vanuatu Businesses among a total of 8 appointed members, with 7 appointed members who are public servants, plus 2 consultants of Customs Department.

It is hoped that the ISTC will work towards protecting local manufacturing industries and trades businesses to strengthen their development and growth, and not contributing to the reduction of local employment and closing down of businesses in Vanuatu. The excise tax for locally produced beers at VT80 per litre was effective in the years 2007-2008, and the question is why such initiative that existed a few years ago cannot be resurrected today.

The VCCI initiative in 2017 has been to submit in a letter dated 6 October 2017 to the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Trade Industry and Ni Vanuatu Businesses, a proposed MOU between Vanuatu Government and VCCI for a high level formal working relationship between Vanuatu Government and VCCI to strengthen the public-private sector partnership and achieve the National Sustainable Development Plan 2017-2030. To date, VCCI has not received any reply on this highly important matter impacting the development of Vanuatu’s economy. VCCI represents businesses which are holders of the following business licence categories: A – Mining, Quarrying and Logging; B – Manufacturing Industries and Trades; C – Construction Industries and Trades; D1 – Import and Re-Export; D2 – Retailer or Wholesaler; D2a – Specialty Shops; D3 – Hotels, Motels, Restaurants, Cafes and Bars; D3a – Hotels and Resorts Accommodations; D3b – Motels & Self Contained; D3c – Modern Bungalows; D3d – Holiday Homes; D3e – Guest Houses; D3f – Island Bungalows; D3g – Home Stays; D3i – Restaurants; D3j – Cafes; D3k – Bars; D4a – Take-Away Food Outlets; D4b – Catering Services; D5 – Open-Air Vendors, Mobile Shops and Door-to-Door Sales; E1a – Air Transport; E1b – Sea Transport; E1c – Land Transport; E2 – Storage Facilities; E3 – Tourism Services; E3(1) – Air Tourism Transports; E3(2a) – Water Transports; E3(2b) – Yacht or Boat Charters; E3(3a) – Tourism Land transportation; E3(3b) – Tours & Transfers; E3(4a) – Educational & Interest Tours; E3(4b) – Travel Agency; E3(4c) – Inbound Operator; E3(4d) – Tour Guide; E3(5a) – Marine & Water Adventure; E3(5b) – Scuba Diving; E3(5d) – Game Fishing Tour; E3(6a) – Land Adventures; E3(6e) – Other Services; E4 – Hire Services; E4a – Rentals; F1 – Commercial Banks; F2 – Other Financial Institutions; F3a – Domiciled Vanuatu Licensed Insurance Company; F3b – Non-Domiciled Vanuatu Licensed Insurance Company; F3c – Insurance Agents; F3d – Insurance Brokers; F4a – Other Professional and Business Services; F4b – Other Professional and Business Services; G1 – Human and animal health Services; G1 – Medical and Dental Practitioners, Optometrists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Nursing Services and Veterinary Services; G2 – Personal, Social, Recreational and Repair Services; G2a – Recreational Services; G2b – Barber and Beauty Services; G2c – Educational Services; G2d – Repairs & Other Services; I1 – Electricity Generation and Distribution Companies; I2 – Telegraphic and Communication Service Companies and Providers; I3 – Water Works, Distribution and Supply Companies and Providers; I4 – Radio and Television Broadcasting Companies and Providers; J – Artist And Sculptors; K – Planters, Farmers, Dairy Men, Market and other Gardeners, Stock Breeders, Vegetable and Fruit Hawkers; and L – Fishermen.

 

FROM MONDAY THE 4TH DECEMBER TO FRIDAY THE 15TH DECEMBER

  • ACTIV – AELAN Xmas market- marché de Noël at the espace de l’Alliance Française in Port Vila
  • Wide range of products 100% from the islands of Vanuatu with handicrafts, carving, spices, oil and chocolate
  • Launch of the AELAN chocolate with local products range

Official opening Tuesday 5th December from 5 pm to 7 pm with kava and soft drinks. You are all warmly welcome to attend this event and find your perfect gifts for the end of the year celebrations

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Picture 1: ACTIV – AELAN Xmas Market- Marché de Noël

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Picture 2: ACTIV – AELAN Xmas Market- Marché de Noël

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Picture 3: ACTIV – AELAN Xmas Market- Marché de Noël

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Picture 4: ACTIV – AELAN Xmas Market- Marché de Noël

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Picture 5: ACTIV – AELAN Xmas Market- Marché de Noël