Launching of Certificate III In Business (Micro Business Operations) and Finance (Accounting), Vanuatu Builders and Allied industries Council Bill Handing Over and Other News

Launching of Certificate III In Business (Micro Business  Operations) and Certificate III In Finance (Accounting)

“Come on! The product is ready….. Let’s Go!!!”

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) along with its respective key stakeholders set history when they launched the two accredited courses on the 20th of February 2018.

Certificate III in Finance (Accounting) and Certificate III in Business (Micro Business Operations) were  the focus of the selected stakeholders comprising of business owners, industry bodies, employers, community groups, government and training education representatives.

The Certificate III in Business is intended to train and develop individual competency on how to operate and manage a micro business. The Certificate III in Finance is intended to train and develop individual competency on how to develop accounting and book keeping and also how to manage finances for a small business.

Committed to the society with the regards to competency based trainings, the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is proud to be the host institution for these qualifications in the country.

The classes for Certificate III in Finance will commence on the 26th of February 2018 while the Certificate III in Business class commencement date is yet to be confirmed.

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) now invite anyone who is interested to take up this qualification to contact the office on +678 27543/ 7123967 or Email: [email protected]

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


Picture 1: Launching of Certificate III.

Handing Over For Vanuatu Builders and Allied Industries Council Bill to Hon. Minister Of Internal Affairs

This is a milestone achievement in the making. The Vanuatu National Builders and Allied Industries Association (VANBAIA) met with the Honorable Minister of Internal Affairs on Thursday 22nd of February 2018 to hand over the BUILDING AND ALLIED INDUSTRY COUNCIL Draft Bill.

Minister Andrew Napuat welcomed the Association and took note of some of the grievances raised. He gave assurance that he would go through the Bill and advice for any needed amendments. He will then take it to the next level of the Government for further deliberation.


Picture 2:  Vanuatu Builders & Allied Industries  Handing Over Council Bill to Hon. Minister of Internal Affairs.

China Investment Summit in New Caledonia cancelled

VCCI has been advised by Millennium Summits Ltd of Hong Kong that their Management had unfortunately cancelled the event “China Investment Summit” New Caledonia from 26 to 28 February 2018 due to budgetary issues and non-payment from SMEs in the region. They did not have enough paid quota local customers and felt the cancellation was the only option.

Millennium Summits Ltd would like to thank any businesses in Vanuatu for their interests,   time and efforts, and hope they may be able to work with Vanuatu businesses again in the near future.

Our Businesses and the Waste Management Act Regulations

Plastics are an environmental problem in Port Vila, Luganville, and it is spilling in to other Islands in Vanuatu. We need to practice better rubbish curbing habits. The Government has put in a Waste Management Act No. 14 of 2014, Regulations and related documents, to help with plastics. Everyone is in agreement. But there must be realistic and practical steps involved to be able to make it more effective. Nobody wants this Act and Regulations to have a negative impact, where it contributes to increase problems that we are trying to address.

The Business Community is very supportive of the intent of the Government to pass this Waste Management Act and Regulations. It agrees that yes, we need to be responsible in controlling our waste. Plastics use should be controlled. It is affecting and will continue to have drastic effects on our environment. Single use plastics bags, plastic bottles, plastic wrappers and garbage bags are everywhere. In fact the business community supplies the bulk of these plastic because of the customers (population) demands and expectations.

However the approach the Government took and the demand it made on a short notice, is the first issue. Six months to a year, is not realistic. The second is the direction the Act could head is a worry because of the uncertainty. The third being, the practicality of the public paying for a more expensive alternate to current pure plastic bags is not real.

While the ban is ok, there has to be some outlined time frames, transition and grace period that helps everybody to adjust. It drags along certain questions to answer like, what good litter habits programs have been launched in schools? What awareness have been publicized? What and how does the public embrace this message? What does the public understand about the ACT and REGULATIONS? What do they expect when they walk into a take away, the market or a shop? Will they accept being handed food by hand without any plastic bag or plastic wrapping? Which plastics are allowed within what time frame? 100% pure plastic, 50% made of vegetable material, biodegradable and compostable plastics?

The second issue is where is this Act and Regulations heading? Will it totally stop all kinds of plastic? Would plastic water bottles be banned? Are glass water bottles practical? If we are to stop local water manufacturers from using plastic, what about jobs, families, school fees and so forth? What about plastic bottles of water being imported? Would they be banned as well? What about goods that are wrapped in plastics? What about fish, meat, dairy and other animal products? Where is this ban heading? Or is it only stopping with single use plastic bags and single straws?

The third being that customers go for the cheapest option. The majority of the population are low income earners. Therefore, pure plastic bags are free or cheaper than degradable and compostable bags. Which means pure plastic is in abundance in the shops. Would the public afford these alternates? How long will it take, to be able to educate people to stop using cheap culprits and start thinking of consequences and acquiring the more environment friendly shopping bags?

This week’s article is an introduction to more discussions arising from the Waste Management Act and Regulations to help everyone understand its implications, the role of different stakeholders and working together forward. Next week will shed more light in different types of plastic bags to be explored and hopefully a view of the Government, the Environment Department responsible for the Waste Management Act No. 14 of 2014 and Regulations. To be continued …

Vanuatu Insurance Brokers are locally focused, nationally resourced and internationally endorsed

Aon Corporation, the leading global provider of risk management and insurance services and Vanuatu’s principal insurance service since 2000 is now independently owned and trading as Vanuatu Insurance Brokers Ltd.

The transition has taken nine months to achieve after Aon (New Zealand) approached its Vanuatu based General Manager Mr. Bob Sanders to purchase the brokerage and transform it to a Vanuatu company.

“Forming Vanuatu Insurance Brokers Ltd is important for Vanuatu. They wanted to ensure that Vanuatu continues to be backed by the international power of Aon going forward as Vanuatu develops and grows,” said Mr. Sanders.

Please click to view and download Media Release from Vanuatu Insurance Brokers.

For more information please contact:

Bob Sanders                         7767855                [email protected]

Lisa Macalister                    5505500                [email protected]

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MAIL      PO Box 6182 Port Vila



SKYPE    lisa.macalister



Picture 3: Showing Vanuatu Insurance Brokers Team.