Register a Booth At The Pacific Week of Agriculture, AgriTourism, Meeting on 5 September 2017 And Other News.


Vanuatu is preparing to host the first Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA), bringing together to Port Vila agritourism stakeholders from 22 countries of the Pacific, from 16 to 20 October 2017. The event is expected to attract several hundred farmers from agriculture, livestock, forestry, and fisheries, agribusiness entrepreneurs, policy-makers, development partners and representatives from producer organisations, financial institutions, the private sector and the tourist and hospitality trade.

This was made known to local businesses who attended a presentation last week at the VCCI on the event by the PWA National Coordinator Howard Aru. “This is a huge event and an excellent opportunity for us to showcase Vanuatu to the region and globally” stated the PWA National Coordinator Howard Aru.

The PWA will consist of four big events at the National Convention Centre, the Pacific Agri-tourism Festival, the regional partnership trade fair from 16 to 18 October 2017, then the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting and the combined Ministers Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Pacific Community (SPC) from 19 to 20 October 2017.

“We are seeking private sector support and involvement in the coordination, organisation and participation of the event” said the PWA National Coordinator. Local businesses can participate in the 3 day trade fair by showcasing their business and selling products in booths which are available inside and outside of the event venue. “We are wanting a list of potential business participants for the events as soon as possible as time is running out” said Howard Aru.

A PWA update meeting with interested Agritourism Businesses will be held at VCCI with Howard Aru on Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 3.30pm.

For more information on PWA Media/Communications Focal Point, you can contact Kiery Manassah by email on [email protected]

For more information on PWA Social Media, you can contact Alcina Charlie by email on [email protected]

To register your name for a booth, you can contact VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] or by phone on 27543 or mobile phone 712 3967 before 7 September 2017.

Vanuatu Cocoa Association Created

While the Vanuatu cocoa industry forms only a small part of the world production of this commodity, significant challenges exist in producing consistent volumes of quality cocoa and determining appropriate prices that reflect world prices and promote and reward product quality. In the face of these issues, Vanuatu cocoa growers remain positive in their outlook for the future of Vanuatu’s cocoa industry and in improving the quality and quantity of cocoa grown and produced locally.

The formation of a Vanuatu Cocoa Industry Association (VCIA) was a natural step for the industry to take to maintain the current momentum, which looks to ensure this small but growing commodity develops in a managed and sustainable way. The purpose of the group is to provide a well-coordinated and united voice on key issues for the industry.

The newly-registered association was established out of the former Cocoa Industry Working Group (CIWG) that was set up by the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program in 2013. The CIWG was forged on the principles of mutual respect and building effective and stronger partnerships between the public and private sectors, including the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Centre (VARTC), and two non-government organizations (NGOs) namely World Vision (WV) and Adventist Development Research Agency (ADRA).

Through these partnerships, representatives from the private sector that consisted of growers and exporters, and the Government of Vanuatu through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity and the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Commerce and Tourism have been able to plan and organize the necessary support activities for the industry. These meetings were made possible through the support of the PHAMA Program, an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand governments.

It should be noted that the support of the PHAMA Program, through the (VCIA), has enabled the cocoa growers to address quality issues such as smoke-tainted beans through the construction and use of 23 solar driers. Providing technical assistance and linking these farmers with overseas buyers and markets is also part of the support being offered by the program.

As a result of the program’s support, there have been significant improvements in cocoa management and production processes along with increased interest in the planting of cocoa. There has also been increased international interest from cocoa buyers and chocolate manufacturers in purchasing Vanuatu cocoa beans.

The first formal meeting of the newly formed and registered association was held in Port Vila in August to elect the chairperson and board of trustees. The association is keen to continue with the good work already achieved and to keep the momentum going on what is an expanding and developing industry.

Vanuatu’s pristine, natural skincare products at Auckland Gift Fair 2017

With Christmas just four months away, Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand has invited four Pacific companies to showcase their wares at the Auckland Spring Home and Gift Fair from August 27 to 29. The annual one-stop trade-only show is held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. It attracts hundreds of exhibitors vying to attract buyers and retailers stocking up for Christmas.

Vanuatu natural oils and skincare products maker The Summit Vanuatu is one of four Pacific Island companies being featured at the fair. Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand invited the four companies to participate in the show hosting them at a specially themed ‘Pacific Hub’ stand.

The show comes close on the heels of the Auckland Food Show where PTI NZ featured nine companies from five Pacific Island companies at a similarly themed Pacific Hub stand.

Speaking about the participation of four companies at next week’s trade-only show, PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Joe Fuavao said, “We currently have a successful food and beverage programme in place for our Pacific Island companies. Our participation at the Spring Gift and Homeware Fair is to develop a platform for Pacific Island companies in the craft, cosmetic and skincare sectors to promote their products to New Zealand buyers.

“As trade-only event, this is a great opportunity for our Pacific exporters to meet key decision makers in the business responsible for purchasing products. We welcome the four Pacific companies and look forward to working with them at the Spring Gift and Homeware Fair.”

Based in Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, The Summit uses only natural ingredients sourced from Vanuatu’s pristine islands to create its range of sandalwood based, tamanu, lime and nangai oil skin care products.

The ingredients are all organically grown, which is what makes them popular with tourists to Vanuatu who visit the company’s distillery. However, what equally impresses visitors and buyers of the products is the fact that they are grown by hundreds of small-holder farmers using traditional organic practices.

“Customers appreciate the top-quality product we produce, achievable by the traceability of the key ingredients and our small batch production policy. Our beautiful products contain no artificial ingredients, no artificial fragrances, no parabens, nor animal products. They are tested on blissfully happy friends,” the company’s director Sandra Mazzucco told Pacific Periscope.

“Whilst organic, natural and beneficial ingredients are a major factor and point of difference to our products, it is the socio-economic impact of improved lifestyles and increased livelihoods for the small-holder farmers that is vitally important,” she added.

The company lays much store by the pristine ingredients and the locals who grow them. Says Ms Mazzucco: “Our key botanical ingredients are sourced from traceable local trees and plants, nurtured and loved by their growers. Vanuatu benefits from a superb collection of plants, which have been used for centuries, and we have put together a small sample to share in their all natural, all-encompassing magic.

“Sandalwood and other tropical essential oils, which are highly beneficial to the skin as also to the mood, are distilled at our artisan steam distillery in Port Vila and then combined with other 100% natural ingredients in our health and skincare range.”

The Summit Vanuatu makes creams, balms, soaps and sandalwood hydrosol based health and body products at its distillery on site, by hand, in a facility where production processes can be observed by visitors.

The company takes naturalness and sustainability beyond its products into its packaging, too. The products are packaged in handcrafted boxes using clean recycled cardboard and handmade rosettes.

“The Summit Vanuatu takes pride in its earth to oils enterprise. We work at a grassroots level, actively supporting ethical and fair-trade farming and fully promoting sustainability, then take it through to creation of a 100% pure and natural superior quality product,” Ms Mazzucco said.

Speaking of the company’s participation in next week’s show in Auckland, Ms Mazzucco said, “We will utilise this opportunity to ‘showcase’ our range of products to a more regional marketplace, which aligns itself perfectly to our overall future development plans.”

Ms Mazzucco will be representing The Summit Vanuatu along with her co-director Terry Adlington at the Auckland Spring Home and Gift Fair, which will be held at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, Auckland. This is the first time that the company is showcasing its products in New Zealand, though it does sell products here through its online store.

“We hope to receive good interest and feedback on our product range and hope to engage with an agent or distributor,” Ms Mazzucco said.

The Summit Vanuatu is a past participant of the PTI NZ Path to Market Programme, which is designed to help potential exporters from the Pacific Islands gain a better understanding of the New Zealand market. It is an export capability programme combining a range of export facilitation services to help export ready and export capable businesses to enter New Zealand.

For more information, please email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Joe Fuavao at [email protected]



Pacific Trade and Invest NZ in conjunction with VCCI conducted the one day workshop to assist business owners who are thinking of entering the export market particularly to NZ on 21 July 2017 in Vanuatu. Aimed at businesses that see the export market as a growth opportunity, the objective is to increase business owner’s knowledge and build capability to be successful in the export market.

The workshop was the first step in a 6 step Pacific Path to Market program of the Pacific Islands Trade Invest (PITI). This Path to Market program was organised by Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand in association with the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce (VCCI). The VCCI identified and recommend potential exporters for the PTI NZ Path to Market Workshop. The workshop was jointly delivered by NZ PTI Trade & Investment Commissioner Michael Greenslade and Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong.

About 23 business persons attended the workshop. They are involved in kava production, fruits and nuts processing, oils and beauty products, food processing, manufacturing and value-adding of locally made Vanuatu products with export potential. Few of the participants are from the export support sectors such as money transfers, business advisory services, customs and logistics operators.

The one day workshop covered areas and concepts identified as challenges for local businesses getting ready for the export market. These include packaging and labelling, marketing and finding agents in the export destination, successfully selling products, costing, pricing and profitability.

Few of the business who participated are seen by the facilitators as already at the level for export. They are encouraged to participate in future NZ PTI and other trade fairs. Similar workshops would be conducted in the future to build capacity and prepare local businesses to meet export readiness requirements.