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Port Vila Municipality Leadership and Management Training and Special Feature: Mamma’s Laef Vanuatu – Combining social drive with business acumen

Port Vila Municipality Leadership and Management Training

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (VCCI) through its Business Services (BS) Unit have just completed a competency based Leadership and Management Training to the Port Vila Municipality targeting supervisors and identified future leaders of the department.
Management of the Port Vila Municipality took stock of its in-house capacity and decided to up skill their staff in leadership, management and supervision skills within its administration and operations teams.
A total of twenty (20) participants attended a 4 day intensive training, 11 – 14 March, held at the Port Vila Municipality Council Chamber. The training focused on incorporating interactive discussions between participants on relevant topics and challenges facing the current Port Vila Municipality operations staff, and aligning solutions to these challenges back to the Municipality’s operational plans and manuals to achieve organisational goals.
Feedback from participants was collected at the end of the training.

For example:
‘Lo training ia emi very interesting lo mi, mi kam blo understanem se yumi as an individual yumi ol leaders, wanem we me stap mekem every day emi shoem leadership. Nara part is me jus kam blo understanem to coaching and counselling we emi statem how you save finem ol issues we I stap affectem performance blo staff ol friends blo you, mot u finem solutions out lo ol different model.’
All participants who completed their training were awarded a Statement of Completion certificate, and a sense of great achievement.
Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce is always available to help support business houses in terms of up skilling in all areas. Please feel free to contact Reception on +678 27543 / 7123967

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Feature: Mamma’s Laef Vanuatu – Combining social drive with business acumen

In early 2018 Business Link Pacific (BLP) connected with Mamma’s Laef (pronounced ‘life’), a growing enterprise based in the village of Pango, Vanuatu. Mamma’s Laef combines social drive with business cunning to create a unique venture.

Mamma’s Laef designs, manufactures and distributes washable sanitary pad packs for women and girls, and disseminates menstrual health education and awareness to girls and women in rural communities.

Using a social enterprise model Mamma’s Laef is a venture with significant purpose, applying entrepreneurial business practices to a far-reaching societal issue. The distribution of the packs, coupled with the education and awareness workshops has opened up conversations in the community around domestic violence, gender equality and women’s safety.

BLP spoke to Belinda Roselli, founder of Mamma’s Laef, about how BLP support can positively impact the growth of this unique business.
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The origins of Mamma’s Laef date back to 2010, when Nelson-based Kiwi Belinda Roselli visited Vanuatu for a holiday with her family. Belinda and family took with them donations of school supplies, and realised quite quickly the implications of poorly resourced schools. In particular, the family were shocked by the lack of menstrual health education and essential feminine hygiene products and facilities for girls, both of which affects their ability to attend school regularly.  Read more

  

Learn more about Business Link Pacific
If you are one of Vanuatu’s SMEs and you want to access business advisory services, please get in touch with Yvonne Leo Taiki at VCCI at [email protected] or call 27543 or mobile 779 0124 or contact BLP on [email protected]

Prepare your business to keep running if the worst happens – FREE ONE DAY WORKSHOP, Other News and Introducing Your Coucil: Mr. Thomas Bayer

Prepare your business to keep running if the worst happens – FREE ONE DAY WORKSHOP

The Vanuatu Business Disaster Resilience Council (VBRC), Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) and USAID’s Climate Ready Project is organising training on Business Continuity Planning supporting businesses in Vanuatu to improve their disaster preparedness.

VBRC is rolling out a one day training on the 10th of APRIL, 2019 at VCCI Conference Room.

The VCCI recommends that our members attend this program to assist and provide you with the tools to understand, prepare and reduce the negative effects of disasters to your business or property. Other SME businesses have also attended these programs held in Fiji and Samoa and have been very well received.

Why attend?
Businesses should take advantage of this training, because it is free and also will help your business to reduce their risks during a disaster or an extreme climate event. Moreover, for this training it will help keep your business open after disaster strikes while also making sure your staff and their families are safe.
At the end of the training each participant will be awarded a Certificate endorsed by VBRC and VCCI.

BCP Training Details
• Interested SME’s are invited to send one participant to this one day training that is free of charge – limited to 40 participants on a first come basis.
• We would like to encourage SME’s around Efate to attend. (sessions to be held in Tanna , Malakula and Santo in the coming weeks)
• Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided during this one day training.

RSVP
For more information or if you are interested in participating in this training, please send your Full Name, Business and Contacts (Email and Mobile number) directly to:

VCCI Reception
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 27543
As spaces for training are limited, the cut-off date for RSVP’s is 3pm on Friday, 5th APRIL 2019.

China’s second ever International Importation Expo is happening again in November 2019

The China International Imports Expo (CIIE) will be held in Shanghai, 5-10 November 2019. China is opening its market to other countries, reducing tariffs, facilitating customs clearance, minimizing institutional costs during import, broadening market access and putting related measures into place.

Last year VCCI facilitated 7 local businesses to attend the first ever export trade show attended by Vanuatu in China, funded by the Chinese Government. VCCI would like to assist again any interested businesses to participate in this grand expo to seek and secure genuine trade and investment opportunities for Vanuatu.

To encourage participation the organizers of the CIIE have offered VCCI 2 free booths for Vanuatu in the enterprises exhibition hall of the 2nd CIIE. VCCI encourages interested businesses to please attend an information session that will be held at 3pm on Thursday 4 April at the VCCI conference room. This will be a requirement for businesses interested.

Please email: [email protected] or call 27543 to confirm your attendance.

Introducing your Council – Thomas Bayer

Over the coming months VCCI would like to introduce you to your Council members. This week we feature Mr. Thomas Bayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tom Bayer Sector represented on the Council – Finance  

Name, position and sector you represent on the council:
Tom Bayer
Sector represented on the Council – Finance

Brief summary about yourself and your business:
I arrived in Vanuatu in 1974. I became a Vanuatu citizen shortly after independence. I am the Chairman of Pacific International Trust company (PITCO) and several financial companies overseas, as well as transport and food processing companies.

Your vision for the sector you represent / what you would like to achieve for the sector while serving on the council:
I arrived in Vanuatu in 1974. I became a Vanuatu citizen shortly after independence. I am the Chairman of Pacific International Trust company (PITCO) and several financial companies overseas, as well as transport and food processing companies.

Are you a member of a sector related association, if so, which one?:
I am a founding member of the Vanuatu Financial Centre Association and a Past President of it. VFCA represents the banks, trust companies, lawyers, accountants, insurance companies and real estate sectors.

Way/s by which members within your sector can contact you:
I can be contacted via the VCCI on [email protected]

Introducing your Council: Mr. Joseph Brun and other News

VAUBAN IMMOBILER workshop today from 3pm

For your information, the VAUBAN IMMOBILER is organizing a workshop today Wednesday 20 March at the Grand Hotel. The same workshop will be held at two different time intervals:

1. From 3pm – 4 pm for English Speakers
2. From 6pm – 7 pm for French Speakers

Cocktails will be held from 5 pm – 6 pm.

The Agenda to be discussed include:
1. Investment abroad, diversify your assets
2. Cash back guarantee 7 – 10% per year
3. Highest standards buy back guarantee
4. Investment from 6 million Vatu

Mr Hugues of Vauban Immobiler, an Investment Expert, will be speaking on the following topics when discussing the above agenda:
1. Steps involving selling a business
2. Steps involving buying a business
3. Business Valuations
4. Land and Commercial Real Estate in Vanuatu
5. Costs involved in Buying a Business
6. Legal and Tax Aspects
7. The link between New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Please contact Ms Sunita Otto of VIPA, to confirm your attendance on mobile 5408100

Goût de France / Good France week-long event has begun!

Goût de France / Good France has officially started on Monday and will last all week in Vanuatu.

Good France is a worldwide event that promotes French gastronomy. Restaurants participating to the event challenge themselves to build up a special and tasty French menu.

We are happy it reached Port-Vila this year where restaurants are participating:
Tonight, Wednesday the 20th (evening), the restaurant Au Faré – menu here
Thursday the 21th (evening), the Wild Ginger, located inside the Warwick Resort – menu here

More information are available on our Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/AmbafranceVanuatu/?ref=page_internal

We hope you will come and enjoy one of these French dinners ! Merci beaucoup et bon appétit !!!

Introducing your Council – Joseph Brun

Over the coming months VCCI would like to introduce you to your Council members. This week we feature Mr. Joseph Brun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Brun Current Council member Sector represented on the Council – Small Commerce

Name, position and sector you represent on the council:
Joseph Brun
Current Council member
Sector represented on the Council – Small Commerce

Brief summary about yourself and your business:
I am the owner of BRuNs Exports, based here in Port Vila. BRuNs Exports is a small export business dealing mainly with kava exports. We work with approximately five thousand farmers, mostly growers of kava and taro throughout Vanuatu. Read more

Business Continuity Planning workshop, Wednesday 10 April 2019

The Vanuatu Business Resilience Council, in partnership with the USAID Climate Ready regional project, are inviting private sector businesses to an interactive Business Continuity Planning workshop in Port Vila on Wednesday 10 April.

The Vanuatu Business Resilience Council, in partnership with the USAID Climate Ready regional project, are inviting private sector businesses to an interactive Business Continuity Planning workshop in Port Vila on Wednesday 10 April.

What is Business Continuity Planning?
Running a small or medium-sized business keeps you busy. Planning for a disruption, whether a major cyclone or a minor power cut, is something we all know we need to do, but may struggle to find the time to complete. This workshop will help you identify the actions required to help keep your businesses from failing when something unfortunate occurs.
The workshop is designed to help businesses learn about the basics of continuity planning, and provide easy to use tools to get started on a customized plan that meets your needs.

The workshop will draw on lessons from experiences both here and overseas. The workshop provides an opportunity to meet other small and medium sized business owners in your sector, and share your ideas along with them.

This one day workshop is being facilitated by Scott Dray from the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO). Workbooks, planning templates, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided.

For more information about what will be covered please visit: https://getprepared.nz/assets/Publications/Its-Easy-Businesses.pdf

To register your interest please contact VCCI Reception via [email protected], or call 27543 to secure your place.

We only have 30 places to offer so please register your interest now!

Introducing your Council – Mr. Simon Troman and other News

Introducing your Council – Mr. Simon Troman

Over the coming months VCCI would like to introduce you to your Council members. This week we feature Mr. Simon Troman.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Simon Troman Council member of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce Sector represented on the Council – Tourism Industry

Name, position and sector I represent on the council:
Simon Troman
Council member of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce
Sector represented on the Council – Tourism Industry

Brief summary about myself and my business:
I am the co-owner of Le Cafe du Village in Port Vila

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Reminder Setting up of a Recycling And Waste Management Association in Vanuatu

During a recent visit to Vanuatu by SPREP Samoa discussions were held with representatives from the private sector about the possibility of forming a Recycling and Waste Management Association. A formal meeting between VCCI members and SPREP has been requested to be facilitated on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at 3pm at VCCI conference room.

SPREP has been tasked, under the Japan Technical Cooperation Project on Promotion of Regional Initiatives on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries (JPRISM II), to promote the setting up of such organisations in the Pacific. The primary purpose of a Recycling and Waste Management Association is to strengthen the capacity of recycling operations as well as supporting and promoting good practices and initiatives already utilized by the Private Sector.

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To register your interest you can email VCCI Reception [email protected] or call 27543 or 7123967 to confirm your attendance.

Reminder to participate in the Vanuatu Salary Survey 2018/2019 for businesses

In its second edition, the objective of this survey is to provide comprehensive information on remuneration market trends in Vanuatu. This will assist participating organisations in making informed remuneration-related decisions. In addition, it provides a means of comparing individual remuneration rates to your market.

All participating organisations will receive a free copy of the 2018/19 Vanuatu Salary Survey Report in PDF format. The deadline for submission is Friday 22 March 2019.

If you wish to participate to the survey and have any questions about the data sheet or need some assistance, please contact Mike Boneham, Technical Consultant, [email protected], P: +64 9 975 7628.

Reminder Australia Awards 2020 Intake

Applications for the Australia Awards Scholarships 2020 intake are now open. These prestigious scholarships provide recipients with the chance to experience study and life in Australia or the Pacific region, building strong links with Australian and Pacific Island people and organisations. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic competence, professional and personal leadership attributes and potential to contribute to development in Vanuatu.

To apply: Eligibility requirements and information on how to apply is available on the Australia Awards Vanuatu website: www.australiaawardsvanuatu.org. Please read all information carefully before completing your application. Application dates for study commencing in 2020. Opening date: 01 March 2019. Closing date: 31 March 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

There are four information sessions for the general public to attend. Session will be held at The Chantilly’s conference room at 10am on February the 28th and on March the 4th, 13th and 18th. Please RSVP your attendance at Australia Awards Vanuatu office by calling 22114

“Like” the Australian High Commission facebook page to keep up-to-date: https://www.facebook.com/AustralianHighCommissionVanuatu/.

Please click to view and download:Information in Bislama

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry Council Elections 2019

8 seats on the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Council are coming up for election at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 30th April 2019.

If you are a business license holder now is your chance to step up for candidacy to help strengthen the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry to better serve the Private Sector, and to boost Private Sector development to enhance national economic growth.

The Chamber is entering a new phase and is currently working on strengthening its core services and abilities to support Ni Vanuatu businesses grow and prosper. We are looking for energized and committed new members from the business community, who truly represent the face of business here in Vanuatu.
Now is the time to get involved. Every business license holder in Vanuatu is an automatic member of the Chamber and every member has voting rights for the elections.

The 8 seats that must be filled this year’s Annual General Meeting are:
o 2 representatives of the tourism industry
o 2 representatives of the financial and commercial services industry
o 2 representatives of small businesses
o 1 representative of larger businesses
o 1 representative of the shipping industry
If you are interested please contact VCCI Reception for more information about the nomination process and to be sent nomination forms.

You can contact Reception at [email protected], or phone on 27543 or 7123967.

Shaun Gilchrist, President of VCCI

 

Introducing your Council – James Roy Matariki and other News

Introducing your Council – James Roy Matariki

Over the coming months VCCI would like to introduce you to your Council members. This week we feature Mr. James Roy Matariki.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            James Roy Matariki Sector represented on the Council – Building and Construction

Name, position and sector I represent on the council:
James Roy Matariki
Sector represented on the Council – Building and Construction.

Brief summary about myself and my business:
I am a trained plumber and private business owner, and I am heavily involved in the development and promotion of the building and construction industry sector.

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Important meetings happening in March 2019

As business owners we encourage you to participate in dialogue with decision makers on matters that affect you directly. Please note two important upcoming meetings facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce to assist you in raising your voices as active members of Vanuatu’s private sector.

Consultation Meeting with the Department of External Trade in regards to the importation of kava to Australia for personal use, and current goods allowed to be imported into Vanuatu under the Melanesian Spearhead Group Trade Agreement

VCCI is organising a consultation on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 2pm at the VCCI Conference Room between business members and the Department of External Trade on to discuss the two following trade related matters. The Department of External Trade will be briefing interested parties on:

1. The Importation of kava into Australia for personal use
The Office of Drug Control is seeking comments from interested parties on the options concerning the announcement by the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, to put together a pilot program to ease some of the limitations on importation of kava into Australia for personal use.

This consultation seeks your feedback on:
1. A proposal to increase the quantity of kava that may be imported for personal use to 4kg
2. Approach to evaluate the pilot program after two years; and
3. The duration of the pilot program

Please visit the following website to read more about the pilot program https://www.odc.gov.au/consultation-pilot-program-ease-restrictions-importation-kava-personal-use

2. Review of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Trade Agreement (MSG TA)
VCCI would like its business members to have a say on what products are being allowed to be imported into Vanuatu that are competing with local manufacturers’ products under the current trade agreement. The Department of External Trade will present the current list of goods imported into Vanuatu under the MSG TA for feedback and discussion.

We look forward to your attendance at the consultation. Please confirm by emailing VCCI Reception at [email protected], or call 27543.

Consultation Meeting – Setting up of a Recycling and Waste Management Association in Vanuatu
During a recent visit to Vanuatu by SPREP Samoa discussions were held with representatives from the private sector about the possibility of forming a Recycling and Waste Management Association. A formal meeting between VCCI members and SPREP has been requested to be facilitated on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at 3pm at VCCI Conference Room.

SPREP has been tasked, under the Japan Technical Cooperation Project on Promotion of Regional Initiatives on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries (JPRISM II), to promote the setting up of such organisations in the Pacific. The primary purpose of a Recycling and Waste Management Association is to strengthen the capacity of recycling operations as well as supporting and promoting good practices and initiatives already utilized by the Private Sector.

Initiatives used by the private sector on ‘the 3Rs’ (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) are difficult to find funding for. For this reason, JPRISM with the support of SPREP is exploring ways to make such assistance available to the private sector easier, and to promote and support their good 3R initiatives.

Benefits extend past just the members but benefit also the environment and people of countries dedicated to ‘the 3Rs’. Similar Associations have already been established in Samoa and the Solomon Islands.
To register your interest you can email VCCI Reception [email protected] or call 27543 or 7123967 to confirm your attendance.

 

Labour Work Permits Consultation Meeting update and other News

Labour Work Permits Consultation Meeting update

As all businesses would be aware a consultation meeting on the Labour Work Permits Amendment Act No. 24 of 2018 was held on 4 February 2019 at 3.30pm at Ramada Resort Conference Room, between VCCI, its members and the Department of Labour.

Over 120 business representatives were in attendance, as well as the Labour Commissioner Mrs Muriel Metsan Meltenoven, the Deputy Commissioner Mr Herve Kasten and the Labour Department’s legal counsel Mr Clifton Rau.

This article in the Daily Post summarizes the meetings outcomes – http://dailypost.vu/news/no-changes-to-work-permits-act-for-months/article_c457b16e-94fe-5121-8de1-4dc127c96046.html

VCCI thanks all the business members for their involvement and will keep them updated as talks progress.

Important meetings happening February 2019
Small Business Development Bill Consultation Meeting postponed until further notice

As business owners we would like to make you aware of a proposed new
Small Business Development Bill, drafted by the Cooperatives Department, to establish a Small Business Development Department under the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

VCCI is currently in the process of arranging a Consultation Meeting between the Cooperatives Department, VCCI and business members. A date and venue is yet to be confirmed by the Cooperatives Department.

Please email VCCI Reception at [email protected] to receive a copy of the Small Business Development Bill via email.

PTI Australia Digital Trade Workshop for Businesses

All businesses are invited to attend the PTI AUSTRALIA DIGITAL TRADE WORKSHOP to be held on Friday 1 March 2019 at the Conference Room, Melanesian Hotel from 8.30am to 11.30am. Bookings are essential.

E-commerce refers to buying or selling products and services using the internet. It opens exciting opportunities for businesses in Vanuatu to connect with international markets and is becoming an important way for businesses in the Pacific Islands to trade with the rest of world.

The PTI Australia Digital trade workshop will focus on the e-trade platform – Amazon Australia. The session will be taken by Peter Nobbs, Coach AMZ, an Amazon expert who specialises in helping businesses and entrepreneurs to launch on Amazon Australia.

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Any business can register for the workshop, participants have to fill in the registration form and send it back to Paula Bjelanovic, PTI Australia Events Manager E: [email protected] as soon as possible for bookings and more information. For any questions, you can contact Jeremy Grennell G.M. Export – PTI Australia E: [email protected]

 

Invitation to Fish 2.0 Regional Innovators Forum in Brisbane

The first-ever Fish 2.0 Regional Innovators Forum for sustainable seafood will take place on April 2-3 in Brisbane.

The forum will feature three expert panels with facilitated discussions and debates around key issues and opportunities to grow the value and trade of seafood in the region, including innovative investment strategies, game-changing innovations from the region which are commercially ready, and regional trade of novel seafood products. In between these panel discussions, attendees will hear pitches from a range of seafood innovators from Australia and the Pacific Islands and have plenty of time to network and meet one another.

If you are a growing seafood business, then you may also apply to the special one-day workshop on April 2. You will learn how to effectively work with investors and partners to grow your business – and then have a chance to pitch your business at the Forum on April 3.

Travel costs and accommodation are not covered and are the responsibility of the participant. The workshop and forum are offered free of charge to accepted business participants, but you must apply to attend at www.fish20.org/brisbane

Powerful small businesses – big impact. Being the best we can be.

For the next few weeks Chris Elphick from Breadfruit Consulting will be providing articles for VCCI focusing on the money – making it, managing it, understanding it, profit and loss, budgets and cashflow, break even and financial systems.

We are all in business to make money.  Without money we cannot grow our business, employ more people, achieve our goals, support our families and so on.

All businesses must have a financial plan – a business without one is like a ship without a rudder.  While your business plan should clarify your vision and goals, your financial plan needs to help you make sound financial decisions.

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Meetings February 2019 & Other News

Important meetings happening February 2019

As business owners we encourage you to participate in dialogue with decision makers on matters that affect you directly. Please note two (2) important upcoming meetings facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce to assist you in raising your voices as active members of Vanuatu’s private sector.

Labour Work Permits Amendment Act No. 24 of 2018
As business owners, if you would like an opportunity to feedback on the Work Permits Amendment Act No. 24 of 2018, you are invited to attend the Consultation Meeting between the Department of Labour, VCCI and business members on Labour Work Permits Amendment Act on Monday 4 February 2019 at 3.30pm. At the Ramada Hotel Conference Room.
In the best interest of key stakeholders, VCCI has invited the Officers of the Department of Labour and a Ministry of Internal Affairs representative to come to explain to business members these changes and the rational of these amendments.
It is an important matter which will affect many businesses in 2019 and into the following years.
You will be able to raise your concerns on the impact of changes to the Act and how it will affect your business and the development and growth of the private sector as a whole.

Labour ( Work Permits) ( Amendment) Act No 24 Of 2018 (2)

Proposed Questions on Labour Work Permits Amendment Act No 24 2018

To confirm your attendance, you can email VCCI Reception at [email protected] or phone 27543 or 7123967.

Small Business Development Bill
As business owners we would like to make you aware of a proposed new Small Business Development Bill, drafted by the Cooperatives Department, to establish a Small Business Development Department under the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industry and Tourism.
VCCI is currently in the process of arranging a Consultation Meeting between the Cooperatives Department, VCCI and business members on Friday 15 February 2019 at 9am. A venue is yet to be confirmed by the Cooperatives Department.
In the best interests of key stakeholders, VCCI is inviting the Officers of Cooperatives Department to come to present and explain to business members this new Bill, and how it will affect small to medium business licence holders, and also the work of the VCCI current.
You will be able to raise your questions, concerns and issues on this matter and learn more about the Small Business Development Bill.

Please click to view and download small Business Development Bill

To confirm your attendance, you can email VCCI Reception at [email protected] or phone 27543 or 7123967.

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Vanuatu Salary Survey 2018/2019 for businesses

Strategic Pay along with the Airports Vanuatu Limited are pleased to announce the Vanuatu Salary Survey for 2018/19.

In its second edition, the objective of this survey is to provide comprehensive information on remuneration market trends in Vanuatu. This will assist participating organisations in making informed remuneration-related decisions. In addition, it provides a means of comparing individual remuneration rates to your market.

All participating organisations will receive a free copy of the 2018/19 Vanuatu Salary Survey Report in PDF format.

If you wish to participate to the survey and have any questions about the data sheet or need some assistance, please contact Mike Boneham, Technical Consultant, [email protected], P: +64 9 975 7628.

The deadline for submission is Monday 18 February 2019.

Privacy and Confidentiality, Strategic Pay understands the confidential nature of participants’ data and as is the case with all their remuneration reports, information submitted to them for analysis is kept strictly confidential. All data is collated and aggregated within a secure environment and results are not attributable to any individual role or organisation. This strict confidentiality extends to the party commissioning the report and they will not share any individual data submissions or details with anyone outside their organisation.

6th AUSTRALIA VANUATU BUSINESS FORUM 28 February 2019

A gentle reminder from the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) and VCCI on registrations for the 6th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum, organised by Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC), which will be held on the 28th of February 2019 at the Ramada Resort in Port Vila.

Get a great overview of opportunities in Vanuatu as well as updates on economy, infrastructure, investment, and the labour market. This forum is a must for any business operating in the region or looking to do so.

Registration fee is AU$250 for Delegate and AU$280 for Delegate + trade exhibitor.

To register please go to the following link: https://events.apibc.org.au/event/AVBF6/home.html
and to find out more information you can search the below link
https://apibc.org.au/news/6th-australia-vanuatu-business-forum-registration-open/

[email protected], website apibc.org.au

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Local businesses to NZ trade mission in 2019

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand PTI (NZ) is looking for prospective businesses that may be interested in participating to the Pasifika trade mission to NZ to take place during the trade show of Pasifika Festival 2019 from 23rd to 24th March 2019.

The broad criteria for participation in the trade mission is

1. The company has attended a Path to Market workshop
2. They have products ready for sale – retail packs and not bulk commodities
3. They are able to travel to NZ for up to 7 days
4. They can provide enough product for sale at the event.
5. They have been recommended by VCCI in conjunction with PTI(NZ)

For more information, you can contact now Mr Ian Furlong, Trade Development Manager, PTI (NZ) in Auckland, by email [email protected], Phone +64 9 529 5165, Mobile +64 21 0294 7233, website http://www.pacifictradeinvest.com/

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Introducing your Council

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VCCI First Vice President David Russet

Over the coming months VCCI would like to introduce you to your Council members. This week we feature the First Vice President of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr David Russet.

Name, position and sector you represent on the council:
David Russet,
Director Bellevue Property Management,
First Vice President VCCI and representing Agriculture and Livestock Sector

Brief summary about yourself and your business:
I was born in Vanuatu from a farmer orientated family.
I am a cattle farmer and a plantation owner. We have a herd of about 10 000 heads.
Among our activities, we also have copra that we harvest and sell, approximately 400 tons per year. We also plant, harvest and sale cocoa and kava.

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PTI AUSTRALIA DIGITAL TRADE WORKSHOP FOR BUSINESSES 1 MARCH 2019

All businesses are invited to attend the PTI AUSTRALIA DIGITAL TRADE WORKSHOP to be held on Friday 1 March 2019 at the Conference Room, Melanesian Hotel from 8.30am to 11.30am. Bookings are essential.

General Info: E-commerce, refers to buying or selling products and services using the internet. It opens exciting opportunities for businesses in Vanuatu to connect with international markets and is becoming an important way for businesses in the Pacific Islands to trade with the rest of world.

Any business can register for the workshop, the participants have to fill in the Registration Form and send it back to Paula Bjelanovic, PTI Australia Events Manager E: [email protected] as soon as possible for bookings and more information. For any questions, you can contact Jeremy Grennell G.M. Export – PTI Australia E: [email protected]
You can also contact VCCI Reception by email [email protected] and phone 27543 or mobile 7123967 to get the registration form.

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Important meetings happening January – February 2019 & Other News

Important meetings happening January – February 2019

As business owners we encourage you to participate in dialogue with decision makers on matters that affect you directly. Please note four (4) important upcoming meetings facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce to assist you in raising your voices as active members of Vanuatu’s Private Sector.

1/ Economic & Trade Signing Agreement between Vanuatu and New Caledonia – Private Sector Opportunities

The honorable Prime Minister will lead a delegation to New Caledonia next month for the signing of an Economic & Trade Agreement between Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Along with the signing of the agreement there will be an opportunity for private sector businesses wishing to access this export market to be included on a Goods List, which will be used during “Business to Business” meetings with relevant stakeholders interested in export agreements.

VCCI has organized a Consultation Meeting between members and Eliu Luen, EIF Manager, Trade Development Division on Tuesday 29 January at 9am at the VCCI Conference Room to hear more about the opportunity of being included on the Goods List for Vanuatu business owners.

All VCCI members are welcome to attend this meeting. To confirm your attendance you can email VCCI Reception at [email protected] or phone 27543 or 7123967.

2/ Public Consultation on Proposed Political Reform Laws
VCCI is organising a Consultation Meeting on the Political Reform package and has invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ralph Regenvanu to come to present the proposed bills on political reform to VCCI and its members.

This meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 30 January 2019 at midday at the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

We are asking all the interested members to download and read the Bills before the meeting, to save unnecessary questions. taking up time.

The political reform package bills can be downloaded and read from this link French, English,Bislama

All VCCI members are welcome to attend this consultation meeting. To confirm your attendance you can email VCCI Reception at [email protected] or phone 27543 or 7123967.

3/ Work Permits Act Amendments
As business owners, if you would like an opportunity to feedback on the Work Permits Act Amendments which were gazetted last week, you are invited to attend the Consultation Meeting between the Department of Labour, VCCI and Business Members on Work Permits Act Amendments on Monday 4 February 2019 at 3.30pm at the Ramada Hotel Conference Room.

Labour ( Work Permits) ( Amendment) Act No 24 Of 2018  and Draft Agenda

4/ Small Business Development Bill
VCCI is currently in the process of arranging a Consultation Meeting between the Cooperatives Department, VCCI and business members on Friday 15 February 2019 at 9am. A venue is yet to be confirmed by the Cooperatives Department.

Small Business Development Bill

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Global Entrepreneur Summit

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the premier annual gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and innovative thinkers that underscores the United States’ commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation. The 2019 GES will be held in partnership with the Dutch government June 4-5, 2019 at the World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands.

Applications are done online: http://www.ges2019.org. After applying online, please notify U.S. Embassy Suva [email protected] Please send any questions to [email protected]

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Introducing your Council

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         VCCI President Mr. Shaun Gilchrist

Over the coming months VCCI would like to introduce you to your Council members. This week we feature the new President of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Shaun Gilchrist.

Name, position and sector you represent on the council:
Shaun Gilchrist
CEO Azure Pure Water Limited
President VCCI and representing the Manufacturing Sector

Brief summary about yourself and your business:
I arrived in Vanuatu in 2009. I have worked in various sectors here and abroad including construction, IT service provision, interactive gaming regulation and manufacturing. I now own and operate Azure Pure Water with my partner Yael Sakker. Azure has been in operation in Vanuatu for the past 24 years and was the first bottled water company in Vanuatu. Azure was the first bottled water company to secure export regionally and to the cruise lines for exclusive supply.

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Reminder 6th AUSTRALIA VANUATU BUSINESS FORUM 28 February 2019

This is a reminder that 6th AUSTRALIA VANUATU BUSINESS FORUM will be held on Thursday 28th February 2019 at Ramada Resort Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Join the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) at the forum for a great overview of opportunities in Vanuatu as well as updates on economy, infrastructure, investment, and the labour market. This forum is a must for any business operating in the region or looking to do so.

Register and book online today and secure your spot. https://events.apibc.org.au/event/AVBF6/home.html

You can contact Australia Pacific Business Islands Council (APIBC) Secretariat for more information, Lillian Chapman, Business & Events Manager, tel +61 (0) 7 3348 5142, fax +61 (0) 7 3348 5172, mobile +61 (0) 405 364 909, email [email protected], website apibc.org.au

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SECOND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – INNOVATION GRANT FACILITY: OPPORTUNITY FOR PACIFIC AGRO-SMEs TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS

The Innovation Grant Facility (IGF) provides funding to agro-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in seven Pacific Island States; Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu to access knowledge, technologies or expertise and build staff capacity to improve product quality, expand product offerings, enhance process efficiency, increase market share or competitiveness.
Maximum amount per grant award is €17,000 (approx. 2 million VUV).

Deadline – 31 January 2019
For more information and application forms, please visit:

SECOND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – INNOVATION GRANT FACILITY: OPPORTUNITY FOR PACIFIC AGRO-SMES TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS


For any queries you can contact Kristyn Lobendahn, Communication Officer Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) Compound, phone: + (679) 7736 304, mobile: + (679) 7659 488, email [email protected]

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Vanuatu Salary Survey 2018/2019 for businesses

Strategic Pay along with the Airports Vanuatu Limited are pleased to announce the Vanuatu Salary Survey for 2018/19.

In its second edition, the objective of this survey is to provide comprehensive information on remuneration market trends in Vanuatu. This will assist participating organisations in making informed remuneration-related decisions. In addition, it provides a means of comparing individual remuneration rates to your market.

All participating organisations will receive a free copy of the 2018/19 Vanuatu Salary Survey Report in PDF format.

The deadline for submission is Monday, 18th February 2019.

Please click to view and download Jobwise Manual for Vanuatu Survey 2018
and Copy of Vanuatu Survey Questionnaire 2018-19 v2

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Farewell Outgoing VCCI President Tom Bayer and other news

Farewell Outgoing VCCI President Tom Bayer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo: Outgoing VCCI President Tom Bayer receiving is gift from General Manager Astrid Boulekone

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry sincerely thanked and congratulated the outgoing VCCI President Thomas Bayer for his leadership, dedication and contribution to develop and maintain the VCCI in Vanuatu from 2014 to 2018, at its Council Meeting on Thursday 13th December 2018.

VCCI and VCCI Council took the opportunity to farewell outgoing VCCI President Thomas Bayer with a gift on this occasion as a token of appreciation. Thomas Bayer will stay in the VCCI Council as the Finance Councillor.

The new VCCI President is Shaun Gilchrist, who is the Manufacturing Councillor in the VCCI Council. VCCI welcomes the new VCCI President Shaun Gilchrist to lead the VCCI Council and the VCCI in the new strategic direction and restructuring in 2019.

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Small Business Quality Innovation Workshop

“Improvement of Quality Products to enhance Trade Development”

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) through its Business Development Service (BDS) Unit have just completed a very successful quality innovation workshop in Luganville, Santo.

The workshop was fully funded by Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) program. This workshop was a new initiative and was tailored and delivered specifically to the small businesses within Sanma Province.

Sectors represented in this workshop in small businesses were Tourism, Agriculture and Construction and Joinery. Topics discussed were in detailed on the detail on quality products and quality innovation and understanding the concept the higher and better the product is, the high chance it to compete in the in the business market.

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Reminder Call from Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand for Candidates for Trade Mission to New Zealand in 2019

This is a reminder that the Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand PTI (NZ) are into the planning stage for the Pasifika trade mission to NZ which will be scheduled in early 2019 during the trade show of Pasifika Festival 2019 from 23rd to 24th March 2019.

At this stage, PTI (NZ) is looking for prospective businesses that may be interested in participating to this event.

The broad criteria for participation in the trade mission is

1. The company has attended a Path to Market workshop
2. They have products ready for sale – retail packs and not bulk commodities
3. They are able to travel to NZ for up to 7 days
4. They can provide enough product for sale at the event.
5. They have been recommended by VCCI in conjunction with PTI(NZ)

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6th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Participants in business network during 5th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum of 28th February 2017 at Holiday Inn

The 6th AUSTRALIA VANUATU BUSINESS FORUM will be held on Thursday 28th February 2019 at Ramada Resort Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Join the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) at the forum for a great overview of opportunities in Vanuatu as well as updates on economy, infrastructure, investment, and the labour market. This forum is a must for any business operating in the region or looking to do so.

Register and book online today and secure your spot. https://events.apibc.org.au/event/AVBF6/home.html

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Pacific Trade Invest Australia Year 2018 in Review

Caleb Jarvis, Trade & Investment Commissioner, of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia reflects on 2018.

It has been another incredible year for PTI Australia. In 2018, we supported 981 Pacific businesses – including 278 women-led businesses – and facilitated over A$23.5 million in exports.

These results are driven through our commitment to delivering commercial outcomes for Pacific businesses and people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Azure Pure Water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Business round-table between the Vanuatu Government, led by Prime Minister of Vanuatu Hon. Charlot Salwai, and PTI Australia

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Stellar Year 2018 for Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Having facilitated seven trade deals of more than $12 million and seven investment deals worth more than $12 million, 2018 has been a stellar year for Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand Commissioner Michael Greenslade (pictured right).

“It’s a record result which is not only higher than ever, it shows the success of the Path to Market,” says Michael, speaking as host of the organisation’s Christmas gathering on December 7 at its Newmarket offices in Auckland.

“It has been building momentum over the years to the stage where we’ve managed to fully meet our KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for the fourth year in a row.”

Michael attributes a large part of the growth to being able capture and retain useful network data, which is far more effective than the paper-based system they relied on.

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Second Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand Business Intel Survey Quarter 4-2018

PTI_BIS2_Final_Quarter_2018

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand is pleased to announce the second Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand Business Intel Survey focusing on key economic themes of interest to Pacific businesses. This survey is for the final quarter of 2018. The first survey, published in October, was for the July-September quarter, 2018.

The quarterly survey gauges activity across the Pacific Islands Forum countries with feedback received from a range of business stakeholders around the region each quarter.

The aim of the survey is to help inform businesses and policy makers on economic trends by providing timely gauges of economic momentum and expectations for growth, employment and investment going forward.

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Vango Appeal 24 November 2018 to Businesses and VCCI and Other News

Vango Appeal 24 November 2018 to Businesses and VCCI

RE: VANGO URGENT CALL TO ITS PARTNERS ON HUMANITERIAN RESPOND TO SUPPORT THE NEED FOR FOOD FOR THE AMBAE EVACUEES IN PORT VILA.

Vango as an umbrella institution for all Civil Society Organisation’s working in Vanuatu is committed to effective humaniterian coordination is taking the lead with its partner’s in mobilising the Port Vila communities and institutions based in Port Vila to respond.

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Media Release PVIS Scholarships 9 November 2018

PVIS Kryssa Lapi, Simeon Revo, Principal Mrs.Sarah

New three-year PVIS Senior Secondary Scholarship Announced

Port Vila International School (PVIS) is pleased to announce the availability of a three-year full
scholarship for an exceptional Ni-Vanuatu student starting in January 2019.
The international school is encouraging prospective local senior secondary students to register now
to attend the PVIS Senior Secondary Scholarship Day on Friday 23 November to be considered for
this fantastic opportunity.

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Invitation to Australian Awards

Dear Business Owner or Employee,
Are you an Australia Award Alumni? Did you know there are monthly events held exclusively for Australia Awards Alumni? This opportunity allows you to connect with the alumni network, the network provides professional development opportunities and professional support.
Please register following the first link. below. To view past Alumni events, follow the second link.\

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Private Sector Dialogue Preparatory Meeting 2018 Outcomes

The 2018 Private Sector Dialogue Preparatory Meeting was convened on 6 and 7 August 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The objective of the meeting was to prepare the private sector for their forthcoming engagement with Forum Leaders in September 2018 in Nauru; as well as to explore private sector interventions on issues relating to Non Communicable Diseases, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Financing, and Regional Economic Integration through the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER-Plus).

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