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.