PACER PLUS TRADE AGREEMENT AND OTHER AGREEMENTS MEETING POSPONED TO 9 MAY 2017 AND OTHER MEETINGS

VCCI wishes to advise local businesses that the Meeting on PACER-Plus Trade Agreement, MSG TA3, China Trade Agreement with Pacific Island countries including Vanuatu, and Vanuatu New Caledonia Trade Agreement, is postponed to Tuesday 9 May 2017. Any manufacturers, exporters, any businesses of any economic industry sectors including services, and all businesses interested to hear more about these trade agreements PACER-Plus Trade Agreement, MSG TA3, China Trade Agreement with Pacific Island countries including Vanuatu, and Vanuatu New Caledonia Trade Agreement and ask their questions, are welcome to come to VCCI to attend this meeting on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at 3pm. You can confirm your attendance and get more information on PACER-Plus Trade Agreement by contacting VCCI at 27543 or by email [email protected]

 

VIPA CONSULTATION 28 APRIL 2017

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry wishes to advise all businesses that the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) will conduct a consultation meeting on the review of both the VIPA Act [CAP 248] and the National Investment Bill done by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group. As you are fully aware, both legislations have been having issues, therefore the Investment Bill did not make it to parliament. The VIPA management would like to undertake further reviews on both legislations in response to some demands and therefore request your assistance in this first consultation process. Attached are copies of  both documents.  The meeting will be held on Friday 28 April 2017 at 9am at the VNPF Conference Room (venue to be confirmed) to get your views on the documents. As background information, the main reason is the National Investment Bill did not reach  Parliament – there was not enough consultation undertaken by IFC, the Bill content is not reflecting what VIPA is supposed to be doing. On this reason, past Minister(s) have rejected the Bill. Recent calls from the VIPA Board was to do a review of the VIPA Act [CAP 248] and leaving the Investment Bill aside. In the discussion, we will have a look at both documents, then decide what to do in terms of making amendments to CAP 248.

Click to view and download National Investment Bill Act and FULL VIPA ACT Cap 248

 

VCCI ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON 4 MAY 2017

VCCI wishes to inform local businesses that the Annual General Meeting of the Port Vila Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017 at 5pm in the Conference Room of the Chamber of Commerce. The Agenda will include a welcome by President, approval of Minutes of AGM held on 26 May 2016, matters arising from the Minutes, Annual Report Year 2016, Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31/12/2016, Auditors Report, election of Council Members, and major issues affecting Businesses: update on Income Tax. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting. All Business Licence Holders are invited to attend.

The Councillor positions for the sectors of Tourism, Finance, Small Commerce, Shipping and Public Utilities are vacant. If your business operates in one of these economic sectors and you are interested in becoming a VCCI Councillor, please contact now the VCCI Reception for more information by phone on 27543 or by email at [email protected]