Meet the Sustainable Maintenance Association from New Caledonia, The Private Sector in Cluster Groupings and Other News

Meet the Sustainable Maintenance Association from New Caledonia

This is a reminder that the AMD or Sustainable Maintenance Association from New Caledonia will be at VCCI in Port Vila on Friday 16 March 2018 to meet the businesses of Vanuatu which would have issues in maintenance (the ones that have needs in maintenance and those that offer services in maintenance but may be more with resources problems) to identify how it will be able to accompany these businesses in their competencies and capacity building. AMD positions itself both from the clients side and the service providers side.

The purpose of visit of AMD in Vanuatu is actually to forge a link with the Government of Vanuatu, particularly with the Ministry of Education of Vanuatu, in the field of training by offering their platform of businesses as a possible place of training to Ni Vanuatu employees and/or students in New Caledonia.

The AMD delegation compostion is as follows:

Mr Jean Patrick LERANDY : AMD president

Mr Christian BAUJARD : C2B Sagees (Generators and electricity HT)

Mr Eric PROUS : EAS (water management)

Mr David RIZET-BLANCHER : BERG Engineering (mechanical engineering and proceeds)

Mr Olivier SALAVERT : Speed Services (anti-corrosion treatment)

Mr Olivier GAUTIER : NSME (electrical maintenance)

Mrs Aurore REYNAUD : Ecoblast (anti-corrosion treatment)

Mrs Emilia HENIN : Socabelt (maintenance,feeder)

Mr Roderick CREUGNET : OMI (mechanical maintenance)

Mrs Sylvie D’USSEL : AMD Cluster Manager

Come to meet AMD and New Caledonian businesses at VCCI Conference Room on Friday 16 March from 10am to 12pm. Click here to view draft Agenda.

For more information and to confirm your attendance, you can contact VCCI Reception at VCCI by phone 27543 or by email [email protected]

Rencontrer l’Association Maintenance Durable de Nouvelle- Calédonie

Ceci est un rappel, l’AMD de Nouvelle-Calédonie sera à la CCI du Vanuatu á Port Vila le vendredi 16 mars 2018 pour rencontrer les entreprises du Vanuatu ayant des problématiques en maintenance (celle qui ont besoin de maintenance et celles qui offrent des prestations en maintenance mais peut être plus alors avec des problèmes de ressources) pour identifier comment elle pourra accompagner ces entreprises dans leur montée en compétences. L’AMD se place à la fois côté clients et côté prestataires.

Le but de déplacement de l’AMD au Vanuatu est effectivement de tisser un lien avec le gouvernement, auprès du Ministère de l’Education du Vanuatu, dans le domaine de la formation en offrant leur plateforme d’entreprises comme possible lieu de formation auprès de salariés et/ou étudiants vanuatais en Nouvelle-Calédonie.

La composition de la délégation de l’AMD est la suivante:

M. Jean Patrick LERANDY : président AMD

M. Christian BAUJARD : C2B Sagees (groupes électrogènes et électricité HT)

M. Eric PROUS : EAS (gestion de l’eau)

M. David RIZET-BLANCHER : BERG Engineering (ingénierie mécanique et procédés)

M. Olivier SALAVERT : Speed Services (traitement anti corrosion)

M. Olivier GAUTIER : NSME (maintenance électrique)

Mme Aurore REYNAUD : Ecoblast (traitement anti corrosion)

Mme Emilia HENIN : Socabelt (maintenance convoyeur)

M. Roderick CREUGNET : OMI (maintenance mécanique)

Mme Sylvie D’USSEL : Cluster Manager AMD

Venez rencontrer l’AMD et les entreprises calédoniennes á la CCIV Salle de conférence le vendredi 16 mars de 10h à 12h. Cliquez ici pour lire le projet d’ordre du jour.

Pour plus d’informations et confirmer votre présence, veuillez contacter la Réception de la CCIV au tél 27543 ou par email [email protected]


The Private Sector in Cluster Groupings

The Private Sector is a very important actor in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) activities. Cyclone Pam brought deaths throughout the Private Sector, with a discriminatory attitude to Medium, Small and Micro businesses. Therefore like humans, the Private Sector is part of the community and is actively engaged in response and recovery initiatives.

The Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC) which is the CCDRR arm of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), is working its way to participate in as much Cluster groupings, allowed. Currently its members are involved in the Food Security Agriculture Cluster (FSAC), Gender Protection Cluster and the Water Sanitation & Hygiene Cluster (WASH). Education, Telecommunications, Health & Nutrition, Logistics and Shelter, are clusters which VBRC still needs to request and establish a formal representative.

As far as FSAC is concerned, current progress is geared at the Ambae Volcano Response Plans. These plans are to address long term, Food Security and Agriculture livelihoods recovery and rehabilitation, resilience and adaptation. The top urgent need includes safe and clean water for human and livestock consumption as well as watering seedlings. There is need for public awareness campaigns to encourage sea fishing, replanting, selling cattle to the Livestock Department, control animals destroying gardens, and setting up practical nurseries. Another important need is to have peer to peer trainings that will be led out by lead farmers and field extension officers.

Now that Tropical Cyclone Hola is hovering around Vanuatu, FSAC has already set up a working group to address response and recovery activities for affected areas. An appeal for involvement from the Private Sector is, if you can access information on the ground, in affected areas, please do channel it ASAP to this following addresses Risk & Resilience Unit (RRU) [email protected] and VCCI on [email protected] Photos and stories of people, gardens and livelihoods are appreciated.

A Consultants Opportunity in promoting Nutritious Foods Systems in Pacific Islands

In 2016, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched the four-year project “Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands” which is being implemented in partnership with the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO). The project targets seven Pacific Island States: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. The overall goal is to; “strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island Governments, Farmer and Private Sector Organizations, and Sub-Regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, as well as mobilize financing, that can increase poor rural people’s access to nutritious and healthy food”.

A consultant is needed to develop a gender toolkit in order to effectively monitor mainstreaming gender and women’s empowerment in agriculture-nutrition and value chain development in the CTA-IFAD-PIPSO project “Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands”.

Expertise required are previous experience in gender related research, training and other activities, sufficient knowledge of the sector of agriculture and value chain development. Nutrition will be an added value. Then knowledge of Pacific countries context and PIPSO, CTA and IFAD areas of work on gender will be an asset. Budget is set at USD 20,000.

The closing date for submissions of expressions of interest is close of business (Suva/Fiji time) on Friday 23 March 2018.

Contact is: Alisi Tuqa, email: [email protected]

Email header/subject line: Gender Agribusiness Consultancy March2018.

Hard copies can be delivered to PIPSO, Level 1 Korobasaga House, 31 Gorrie Street, Suva, Fiji (a usb containing e-submission to also be included). You can request a copy for the Terms of Reference from [email protected]

World Mosquito Program Information

The World Mosquito Program is a not for profit initiative, that is working to help protect communities in Vanuatu from denque, chikungunya and zika. The method is to use mosquitos inserted with a natural occurring bacteria (called WOLBACHIA), found in 60% of all insect species. It is safe for humans, animals and the environment. It is already tested in Australia, Indonesia, Brazil and Colombia. The launching of the Wolbachia program is happening this coming Friday the 16th of March 2018, at the Sea Front Stage at 9am. All are welcome to come and listen. Please click here to view and download the following brochure:


Surviving an emergency – plan ahead!

This is a short practical article on keeping our businesses going during and following a disaster.

We are used to keeping our car or vehicle engines tuned, we top up the oil, we try not to run out of petrol, we keep them clean, we have our cars serviced – if we don’t the vehicle breaks down, we use more fuel, it is inefficient, it will often let us down, it will not last as long, it will be a waste of money.

We need to apply the same thinking to our business. If we don’t tune up our business regularly we will lose money, we will lose staff, we will lose customers and market position, we will encourage our competitors to overtake us – we may even go out of business. This will be especially true following an emergency or disaster.

During this short series of articles Chris Elphick takes us through a service check for our business.

Today the focus is on business continuity following an emergency or disaster – part one.

While the next cyclone season is nearly here business owners have to be thinking ahead and asking ourselves one question – what can I do to be better prepared next time? Because we live in The Pacific we know that extreme weather-related events, and other crises, are part of our business environment yet often our planning does not take these into consideration. Also, business disasters are not only the well-publicised cyclones or tsunamis – fire destroys many businesses, health issues close many other, localised events can impact negatively on local businesses.

All business owners should be aiming to have resilient organisations. Resilience is not just about getting through crises – truly resilient organisations do what they can to prevent potential crises emerging and they have the ability to turn crises into a source of strategic opportunity.

Researchers in Christchurch, New Zealand after the 2010/2011 earthquakes, found that the most important factor in the survival of businesses after an emergency was the quality of the relationships owners had with their staff, customers and suppliers before the event!

Here are 12 easy steps to ensure your business is prepared to get through a disruption and get up and running again as quickly as possible – talk them through with your team and amend your planning activities – turn them into a business continuity plan. Do not wait for an emergency – it is too late then! Remember that failing to plan is planning to fail.

Before you start make sure that you and your staff all have an emergency plan for yourself and your family – if you are not at home if there is an emergency would your children know what to do? In an emergency event it is natural to expect that the first priority of your staff will be checking on the wellbeing of their family members.

 Step 1 Your core products and/ or services

What are the few key products/ services which are fundamental to the survival of your business – prioritise the three most important that are needed to keep the business operating.

Step 2 Essential roles and skills

There are tasks in your business that are fundamental to the delivery of the core products/ services identified in step 1. Identity the tasks essential to delivering them and the people capable of carrying out those tasks.

Step 3 Essential equipment

Identify the tools and equipment (including computer hardware and software) needed to deliver your core products/ services. What options do you have for getting replacement equipment? If you rely on specialist equipment how long would it take to get a replacement?

Step 4 Essential supplies

Identify the resources and supplies needed to create and deliver your core products/ services. What supply options do you have? Are there alternative supplies you could use?

NOTE: if you identify key people, equipment or supplies without alternatives, these are risks to your business and need to be addressed. How can you reduce your risks? Maybe start by making sure that staff are trained to provide back-up for different roles.

 Step 5 Relocation options

Are there any possible options where you could relocate your business? Could you share premises with others?

Step 6             Insurances

Consider what insurances are available and whether they will help improve the chances of your businesses’ survival in the event of a disruption

Step 7 Delegation of authority

If the owner is unable to run the business and make key decisions, someone needs to be able to step into their role. Identify one or two people who you would trust to run the business in your absence and make sure they have access to the information they need (e.g. to pay bills, wages etc.). Think about creating a Sensitive Business Information Register.

Step 8 Contact details

Make sure all relevant contact details are kept accessible – include staff, key customers, key suppliers, providers of alternative options, bank, insurance, utilities.

NOTE: During a disruption keep everyone informed – staff and customers – make sure they all know what is going on.

Step 9 Back up your business records

Identify your methods for backing up your business records and include login details and passwords. Make sure your computer data is backed up regularly. If you use a portable hard drive make sure you take it home every day!

Step 10           Save this plan

Make sure your business continuity plan is available to all key staff – on computer, wall, online, mobile phone!

Step 11           Emergency preparedness planning

Make sure everyone is aware of emergency procedures for the business (e.g. fire exits, evacuation and assembly points, emergency supplies) and for their homes and families. Talk about them in meetings

Step 12           Practice the plan

Everyone in the business must understand the business continuity plan and their role during a disruption. The best way for people to remember the plan is to practice it and then review it together! Then revise the plan.

Although a disruption could be a serious threat to your business it could also be seen as an opportunity to innovate or collaborate. How could your business grow from this experience?

Breadfruit Consulting have produced Be Prepared – a step-by-step disaster resilience planning guide for Pacific Island businesses – please contact me if you would like a copy and details of the workshops we run around the guide.

Chris Elphick is Partner in Breadfruit Consulting, formerly Learnfast Pacific, supporting the development of a range of businesses and organisations in Melanesia and other parts of the Pacific. He is an experienced trainer, coach and business mentor and has years of experience of working with Small & Medium Enterprises. He and his partner Hazel Kirkham live in Vanuatu.

If you have an issue or query related to this article, please contact Chris at [email protected] or text to +6785500556