Businesses to the National Environment Week Exhibition, New Zealand Vanuatu Business Council and Other News


Businesses to the National Environment Week Exhibition

The Vanuatu Environmental Science Society and No Plastik Bag Plis have the pleasure of inviting any interested businesses to the opening of National Environment Week Exhibition at Espace Alliance Française this week.

This is an open invitation to any interested, who may wish to participate on World Environment Day and focus on the UN World Environment Day with the 2018 Theme as “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

During this exhibition there will also be general information of the problems with plastic in the environment and what people can do to reduce the impact, a large part of this exhibition will be dedicated to asking people to make a pledge on plastic.

The Vanuatu Environmental Science Society and No Plastik Bag Plis, have come up with some suggestions for people to sign up Plastics Pledge as individuals, company, department or organisation or as a community group or school.

There will be an opportunity during the opening or any time whilst the exhibition is open to sign up to a Plastic pledge should any one wish to do so.

This National Environment Week Exhibition opening will be held today on Monday 4th June 2018 at 5pm at Espace Alliance Française

The responsible Departments also encourage everybody to collect data during a clean-up on June 2018 and again in September 2018. Data on litter helps to see what items are causing the biggest problem in the environment. Last year’s data on litter clean ups helped shape the policy and informed the Government on what items to include in the first round of the plastic ban. The ban on plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene takeaway boxes comes into effect on 1st July 2018. So this year it is particularly important to gather as much data from clean ups in as many different places as possible. It would be really useful to see the data from June 2018 – before the ban and from September 2018 – 2 months after the ban, to see how effective the ban is at stopping these plastic items getting into our environment. Whether or not you are able to come to the exhibition, if you could organize a cleanup, no matter how small, and send us the completed data sheets, you will be helping us to “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

For more information on Environment Week Exhibition please email Vanuatu Environmental Science Society at:  [email protected]


New Zealand Vanuatu Business Council

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) has been advised that the Consulate General of the Republic of Vanuatu in Auckland, New Zealand, led by the Consul General Mr McKenzie Kalotiti, have initiated some discussions with the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) to explore if there is an interest in setting up a New Zealand Vanuatu Business Council. The New Zealand Vanuatu Business Council will aim to link importers and exporters of goods and services to and from Vanuatu. They are looking for Vanuatu businesses which would fall in this category and would assist in furthering this idea. Similar groupings have been established for other Pacific Islands Countries resulting in some positive impacts.

If you, businessmen and business women, are interested to learn more about this initiative of creating the New Zealand Vanuatu Business Council, you can contact VCCI Reception by email [email protected] or by phone on +678 27543 or mobile +678 7123967.


Vanuatu National Provident Fund Customer Service Training 

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce through its Business Training and BDS Unit has just spent two weeks delivering competency based customer service training to the Vanuatu National Provident Fund staff members.

In accordance to the VNPF Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022, there has been a very strong emphasis on customer service at the organization. VNPF’s customers are not just the members but also the users of VNPF service through all means.

VNPF has undertaken a detailed training needs assessment and realized that customer service is of high importance.

There were a total of 33 participants for this training. The training was dispersed into two groups, the first group commenced on the 14th and ended on the 17th of May and the second group started on the 21st and ended on the 24th of May 2018. All participants have received their statement of completion right after they have completed their training.

The training was very interactive and many topics were discussed. Some of the key topics discussed were to understand VNPF, Importance of personality in the workplace, understanding your external customers and your internal customers and their importance in the customer service in VNPF as a member institution, diagnostic of staff personal customer service skills, and also deeper understanding of the current customer service situation at VNPF and Identifying ways on how loop holes in their current customer service skills can be improved.

Positive feedbacks were provided by the participants at the end of the training. All participants left the training satisfied with their Statement of Completion Award and high mentality to enforce improvement in their customer service skills within different work divisions in VNPF.

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry has a very proactive Training Business Development Services Unit that is always available to help business houses in terms of trainings in all areas. Please feel free to contact the office by phone on +678 27543/ 7123967 or email [email protected]

You can also access information on Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) website at



Group 1 :  Organizing Customers Service to meet VNPF demand training



Group 1 :  Organizing Customers Service to meet VNPF demand training


Inaugural Meeting of the Pacific Resilience Partnership Taskforce

30/5/18United in their commitment to an integrated and inclusive approach for resilient development in the Pacific, representatives of government, civil society, private sector, regional agencies, and development partners met for the first-time last week as the Pacific Resilience Partnership Taskforce.

The Partnership Taskforce was established to provide an all-stakeholder approach to climate change and disaster risk management in the region and provide an innovative platform to drive, enhance and promote resilient development.

“The Pacific Resilience Partnership was created by Pacific leaders to implement the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific,” said Taskforce Chair Mr. Engel Raygadas of French Polynesia.

“Because of climate and disaster issues we have to carefully develop in a smart way, in a sustainable way. We have to care for our islands and our oceans to adapt to the reality of climate change. Pacific leaders want to see more collaboration and coherence around how we do this and they believe that this Partnership can help and is necessary.”

The Partnership Taskforce agreed to commit and advocate an all-stakeholder approach to drive behavioural change and embrace inclusivity and innovation into resilient development.

One of the central discussion points among Taskforce members focussed on the establishment of criteria to help align initiatives under the approach in the Framework, and to foster strong partnerships.

When it was endorsed by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in 2016, the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific put the region at the forefront of global efforts towards climate change and disaster risk management due to it being the first regionally integrated framework to address both a changing climate and increased disaster events.

To ensure inclusive participation of a range of key stakeholders, the Taskforce comprises fifteen members, with five representing Pacific countries and territories, five for civil society and private sector, and five for regional organisations and development partners.

The current members are: Cook Islands (for Polynesia), Solomon Islands (for Melanesia), French Polynesia (for Pacific Territories), Australia (for Australia/NZ), Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organisations, Pacific Disability Forum, & the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (for civil society), South Pacific Engineering Association, Pacific Business Resilience Network (for private sector), the European Union, United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and the University of the South Pacific (for regional organisations and development partners). It is supported in its work by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the Pacific Community, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Media inquiries Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat: [email protected]

Pacific Community (SPC): [email protected]

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme: [email protected]

IFRC: Hanna Butler: [email protected]