Complete The EDF 11 Template For 3 Products Before 2 October 2017 And Other News.

COMPLETE THE EDF 11 TEMPLATE FOR 3 PRODUCTS BEFORE 2 OCTOBER 2017

For Vanuatu businesses involved in farming production and in processing in value addition of one of these 3 products, beef, coconut, vegetables and fruits to foster the rural areas development, you can complete a project proposal under the European Development Fund (EDF) 11 for Vanuatu based on the template provided by the Department of Industry for the set up and development of value chains for these 3 products to develop and grow the existing businesses.

For project proposals on production of quality produce of coconut, vegetables and fruits, and cattle, the concerned department to be contacted is the Department of Agriculture and or the Department of Livestock.

The template document for EDF 11 project proposals is available from the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Any businesses can get it from the VCCI by email at [email protected] or call by phone on 27543 and mobile phone 712 3967.

For more information on how to complete the template, you can contact Donalyne Naviti by email at [email protected] or phone on 33415 at the Department of Industry to submit the complete template document for EDF 11 before 2 October 2017.

 

PACER PLUS FOR VANUATU

The private sector was astounded to learn the Council of Ministers had reversed its position on PACER PLUS without any further consideration in spite of the overwhelming position of these businesses which will be affected by this decision.

The VCCI understands that PACER PLUS will be good for Australia and New Zealand but the private sector is dismayed that the Council of Ministers has decided not to work in the best interests of Vanuatu.

What is the reason for the change of decision of the Council of Ministers to sign the PACER PLUS agreement this month?

If the private sector development is not a priority for the Vanuatu Government, a number of businesses are considering relocating their businesses to Samoa or Fiji where they are welcomed to invest and set up their businesses in a conducive environment.

The businesses in Samoa and Fiji have reported to Vanuatu businesses that their respective Government in Samoa or Fiji is very much switched on to the private sector development, interests and needs. It is ready to back up any sectors investment with strong and committed support to help them to establish a business in their country.

The Vanuatu Government now has a reputation of being a difficult country to start a business and maintain. The potential introduction of income tax will remove one of the last reasons investors will choose Vanuatu over other Pacific Island countries.

STARTING OF NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL POLICY REVIEW PROCESS

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) has been informed that the Industry Department has started the National Industry Policy (2011) review process today with the first consultation mission for the next 60 days.

The policy review process is funded by the Governance for Growth (GFG) Program and the contract is being awarded by the Government, after due process, to Mr Anders Johnson as the International Consultant in partnership with Whitesfield Partners. Mr Roy Pakoasongi, in the same process, has also being awarded the contract as the National Consultant.

In the week beginning 11th September 2017 for the next 60 days, consultation processes will begin and at some stage VCCI will be involved and participate through providing the private sector views.

The existing industrial policy will be revised. How will the production and trade in goods develop in Vanuatu, a country which has signed 3 trade agreements whether it be regional or multilateral for the purpose of importing more goods?

It is anticipated that the Industry Department will listen and take into account the views and recommendations given by the Vanuatu Manufacturers and Exporters Association to amend the National Industrial Policy where necessary during the consultation process, then amend the Industrial Development Act accordingly, or will it continue to ignore the position of the manufacturers and or exporters of Vanuatu?

 

CONSTRUCTION ISSUES ON ROAD WORKS AND TENDER BIDS TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

The construction industry key stakeholders through the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) have raised serious concerns about why the initial funds allocated to the Port Vila Urban Development Plan (PVUDP) project which was US$55 million, have now been reduced to US$11 million. They would like to know the rationale and reasons for this significant reduction of funds which had been allocated to the actual road works, drainage system and public toilet facilities. If Vanuatu Government had in fact US$55 million at its disposal to spend on road works, drainage system, and public toilet facilities, would all the roads of Port Vila and peripheral areas been tar sealed properly and there would be no potholes on these roads?

Is there a public report on how the funds of US$55 million allocated to Port Vila Urban Development Plan (PVUDP) project were spent? For transparency and good governance purposes, VCCI is requesting the access to the public report on how the funds of US$55 million allocated to Port Vila Urban Development Plan (PVUDP) project were spent.

The construction industry key stakeholders through the VCCI are also complaining about the need to reform the National Tender Bids law under the Government Contracts and Tenders Act CAP 245 to protect local construction businesses from unfair entry of competitors in the national market and avoid a monopoly situation. It is urged for businesses involved in the construction industry sector that they must be registered in Vanuatu with ten years of residency before they can apply for a National Tender Bid.

For International Tender Bids, Vanuatu legislation needs to ensure in the international tender bid offer documents that any construction and infrastructure development projects must have at least 30% of works be sub-contracted to local businesses, with 50% of people employed being Ni Vanuatu employees.

These important points were raised by VCCI at the last National Trade and Development Committee meeting on 21 July 2017 for the NTDC to review these queries and act upon them to protect the development and growth of Ni Vanuatu construction industry.

The VCCI would be very pleased if the Government could consider these serious concerns and act upon them so they can be included in the progress report at the next National Trade and Development Committee meeting on 8 November 2017.

Going for gold – being the best you can be!

A series of short practical articles on transforming our society through business.

Businesses, especially very small, small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of the Pacific. They provide for our needs, employ our people, energise our communities, help us fulfil our potential and provide a future for our young people. Businesses have the power to transform our world one step at a time. Business leaders have a responsibility to use that power wisely, ethically and responsibly.

During this short series of articles Chris Elphick looks at the transformational power of business.

Today the focus is on transformational planning – effective planning that makes a difference.

‘If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and get organising’ Barack Obama, 2017

There have been countless articles written on the need to plan in business – we all know that failing to plan is very close to planning to fail. We may have a business plan. We may have been on courses to help prepare one.

However just having a plan does not mean that it will help our business grow yet alone help transform the world around it. It is like a shiny new tool box in the boot of our car – it might look lovely but unless we know how to use the tools inside it is almost useless.

Business plans are not academic exercises and neither are they things we produce for others. Business plans are simply one element of a robust planning process which should be central to the way we run our business. Effective planning is how we create transformational business success and there are seven key stages.

Planning needs to be the link between your people and your vision and ambition – it is the process by which you will engage everyone to realise that vision.

Planning is an active and practical process which should engage and excite people. Planning sessions might be held in the shop or the café or the factory – the closer they are to the action the more real they will be and the more they are likely to result in things happening.

Planning must be fun – we know that children are unlikely to learn unless they are having fun, why should it be any different for adults at work?

Planning must lead to real action and real change – plan it, do it, review it. You won’t get it right all the time but if you procrastinate and do nothing you won’t get it right any of the time!

Planning should be a collaborative process – two heads are almost always better than one. We must involve the people who will be affected by the plans – our staff, our customers, our suppliers, our community.

Planning should be a challenging process – if it is easy then it is likely that little will change. Planning for transformational change requires us to get out of our comfort zones, change our habits and look at the future in a new way. Remember, a comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there!

Finally, transformational planning should be the way we run our business and relate to our staff and customers. Everyone should be involved in planning all the time – not when the bank manager wants a business plan! That is not planning, merely satisfying the needs of a third party.

If we believe in the transformational power of business, then we need to plan for that to be the case. Proper preparation prevents poor performance – time invested in planning at the start of a process will be worth its weight in gold at the end. Because planning is an active collaborative process it means that there will be times when we need to change the plan – what we are unlikely to change is the ultimate goal. If one path proves to be impractical or too difficult or too costly then we have to choose another – that is the essence of planning.

As business owners we are the captains of our ship – we need to steer the ship in the right direction. We need to consult others, seek their opinions, get different views on the direction we are taking, work together to find another path. We need to make good use of the expertise and experience available to us. That is planning in action. A collaborative approach that engages the minds and bodies of all those around us who have some sort of intertest in the direction our ship is heading!

‘We were born to win, but to be a winner we must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win’ Zig Ziglar, American motivational speaker and businessman.

Coming next – part four of our Going for Gold series – organising our business for the customer.

Chris Elphick is Director of Learn.fast Pacific, supporting the development of a range of businesses and organisations in Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomons and other Pacific countries. He is an experienced business mentor and has years of experience of working with Small & Medium Enterprises. Learnfast Pacific works in close association with business support organisations throughout the Pacific.

If you have a business issue for Chris to comment on please contact him at [email protected]