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Business Meeting on Small Business Development Bill 31 August 2017 And Other Meetings.

BUSINESS MEETING ON SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BILL 31 AUGUST 2017

VCCI wishes to inform that a consultation meeting on the Small Business Development Bill between the Cooperatives Department and VCCI Council and businesses will be held on Thursday 31 August 2017 at 3.30pm at VCCI Conference Room. The Director of Cooperatives Department Ridley Joseph will come to explain the proposed bill. All businesses are invited to attend the meeting.

Please click to view and download Small Business Development Bill

For more information about the Small Business Development Bill, you can contact VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] or by phone on 27543 or by mobile phone 7123967.

PROCUREMENT SURVEY FOR BUSINESSES WITH VANUATU RED CROSS

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been advised that the Red Cross Societies of Vanuatu and Australia are working together with the overall disaster response sector in the Pacific islands region to increase and improve procurement from local businesses in times of disaster, and increase and strengthen partnerships with the local business community for disaster preparation and response. As part of this they have partnered with the VCCI this year to assist in the creation of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC).

To further assist this effort, Vanuatu and Australia Red Cross would appreciate if you can take the time to answer a short survey on behalf of your business, to provide information so that the initiative truly meets local needs. The survey is about local business experiences with disasters, and supplying goods and services to disaster response organizations. It will provide feedback to inform the development of the working relationship between the disaster management and business sectors, and guide the work of the VBRC to strengthen local business resilience. It will take you about 10 minutes to complete. All information will be held in confidence and individuals will not be identified, answers will only be used in summary form. The survey will be available online until the 31st of August 2017.

Click on this link to access the survey https://goo.gl/forms/uCzMUpgYW5iBaIBl1

For more information on the project or this survey, or if you have any questions, please contact: Luke Johnston (Project Adviser)   Email: [email protected]  Mobile: 7744917

 

INVITATION FOR BUSINESS WOMEN TO REGISTER BEFORE 25 AUGUST 2017 FOR AUSTRALIA AWARDS WOMEN TRADING GLOBALLY

Are you a woman who owns and operates a successful small business? Do you wish to learn about international trade and how you might be able to embark on the pathway of growing your business into new international markets?

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under its Aid for Trade and Australia Awards programs, and in partnership with the Export Council of Australia, has pleasure in inviting you to participate in a short course ‘Australia Awards: Women Trading Globally’ .

The course is offered to Pacific women with their own business who are ‘export ready’.

During the course participants will:

•           learn about doing business in and with Australia

•           connect with other women entrepreneurs from across the Pacific and Australia

•           enable you to grow your business and expand internationally.

The program consists of one week of training in Brisbane and one week of training in Sydney, Australia.

This two week residential Australia Awards short course is funded by the Australian Government.

Requirements:

•           You own and operate a successful business or you play a leading role within your business

•          You reside in one of these countries: Fiji Vanuatu Solomon Islands Samoa Tonga Papua New Guinea Kiribati Nauru Federated States of Micronesia Marshall Islands Cook Islands Niue Tuvalu Tokelau Palau

•           You have a strong command of English—spoken and written

•           Your business has export capabilities

•           You are able to travel to Australia from 12 to 24 November 2017

•           You are keen to expand your international business capability

The program includes:

•           Comprehensive international business capability training

•           Practical, hands-on exercises

•           Site visits

•           Networking opportunities

This program will enable you to grow your business and expand internationally.

For successful applicants, all costs* associated with this program will be funded by the Australian Government. These include;

•           International airfares and visas

•           All meals and accommodation in Australia

•           Transportation within Australia

•           Workshops and workshop materials

•           Organised social functions

* Excludes items of a personal nature.

You will be notified of the success of your application by close of business on Friday 08 September 2017.

Please click here to view and down load the follow:-

Invitation to Participate

Application Form

For more information to submit your name and contact details of your business, the application form and a brochure about the initiative are available online https://globalalumni.gov.au/News/Details?ArticleId=494

You will need to complete the application form and return it to [email protected] by close of business on Friday 25 August 2017.

LARGE COMMERCE COUNCILLOR VACANT POSITION IN VCCI COUNCIL

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) is looking for a large commerce business to represent the Large Commerce sector in the VCCI Council, as the Large Commerce Councillor. The business would have a Class D1 or D2 business licence.

If you are interested to submit your candidacy for the Large Commerce Councillor position and wish to receive more information on this vacant position, you can complete a VCCI Councillor Candidacy Form and return it to the VCCI Reception by contacting VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] or by phone 27543 or by mobile phone 7123967 before Thursday 31 August 2017.

VCCI NOMINEE TO ATTEND PRIVATE SECTOR EVENTS PIFS IN APIA SAMOA FROM 5 TO 8 SEPTEMBER 2017

This year, the Private Sector Dialogue with Forum Leaders will take the format of a panel discussion, made up of 4 panellists, two from the private sector and 2 Forum Leaders. Each panel member will be given 12 minutes to respond to a series of questions posed by the Moderator. The panel with Leaders will be held on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at the Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Ball Room. The private sector panellists are Stephen Llyon, Cook Islands and  Maurice Brownjohn, PNA Tuna Commission. The Forum Leaders panelists will be advised under separate cover once confirmation is in hand.

On Tuesday, 5th September, the private sector will gather for a couple of hours to caucus on the panel, have a run through and decide on the interventions, the private sector positions in line with the theme and to articulate key messages or call to action from the private sector to Leaders. In the afternoon, a private sector dialogue working group meeting will be held to discuss and take forward the decisions that went to FEMM this year part of which is to decide on the formulation of the private sector working group with oversight on the Business Harmonisation and Business Mobility issue as well as to hear from the Green Climate Fund, World Bank and others on funding schemes targeting the private sector through the adaptation and resilience lens. The venue is Hotel Elisa.

Thursday 7 September is reserved for business to business meetings and networking engagements by the private sector through the Samoa Chamber of Commerce which is leading this event.

A regional panel event on trade, tourism and investment will take place on Friday 8th September at Sheraton Aggie Grey’s with the event, The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road:  China-PICs Economic Cooperation bringing together a group Chinese businesses, state officials and academia to interact with the pacific private sector through panel discussions on topics including Investing in Infrastructure and Connectivity, Sustainable Tourism Development and Fisheries. There are around 50 Chinese delegates confirmed for this event.

8th  September inclusive. This includes a return economy airfare and accommodation administered under the Secretariat’s travel policy.  All other costs including visas, transit, daily stipends and extra accommodation nights will be borne by the delegate. To qualify for PIFS assistance, interested private sector participants must meet the criteria. The business man or business woman must be an active commercial operator or investor in the blue economy in any of the following areas, Oceans management including coastal habitat protection, restoration, Logistics – sea freight, Fisheries including aqua farming, Sea vessel management or manufacturing, Seafaring, Port infrastructure and services, Renewal energy, or a Commercial operator in inter island or inter regional trade through maritime transportation modes. The successful applicant will be informed of their travel arrangements by PIFS.

If you are interested to attend the meetings and represent VCCI as the VCCI nominee, you can contact VCCI Reception by email [email protected] or by phone on 27543 or by mobile phone 7123967 to complete and submit your application form.

VCCI NOMINEE TO TECHNICAL SUB REGIONAL TRAINING FOR DISASTER AFFECTED PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES 18 TO 22 SEPTEMBER 2017

From 2015 until now, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has supported post-disaster action in three Pacific island countries through conducting Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs) of the Employment and Livelihoods Sector, implementing employment-rich recovery projects and through helping micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to establish disaster-resilient business practices. The demand for preparedness and recovery tools for the MSME’s is high, considering the effect of the disaster to income and employment.

The recent Ministerial Meeting on the Future of Work in the Pacific recognised the need to strengthening the capacities of ILO tripartite partners to respond to, recover from and prepare for the adverse impact of natural hazards on the economy and labour market. The development of next generation Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) for the pacific countries are recognising the impact of disaster on decent work.

Given the strategic importance of disaster preparedness in the pacific, the ILO Country Office (CO Suva) together with the ILO Bureau of Employers Activities (ACTEMP) and the International Trade Center (ITC) of ILO propose to hold a week-long sub regional technical meeting for ILO constituents and other stakeholders from disaster affected pacific island countries and who were involved in the response.

The sub regional technical training aims to: (1) promote ILO tools to mainstream decent work practices in disaster response, recovery and preparedness activities;

(2) to identify best practices and areas of improvement during recent post-disaster action in the pacific for sharing and strategizing;

3) strengthen the ILO’s internal capacity to respond to the demand.

The specific objectives of the sub regional training are to:

1. promote the ILO as a key player during disaster planning and response in the Pacific, including strengthening employer organisations to support SME’s;

2. Review the Disaster Resilience and Preparedness tool for SME’s developed by ILO:  These include cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tidal surges, landslides, droughts, forest fires and volcanic eruptions, as well as epidemics

3. enhance the capacities of government and ILO social partners in the  Pacific to mainstream decent work practices during disaster response, recovery and preparedness;

affected pacific islands countries good practices as well as opportunities for further improvements for pre and post disaster actions in the Pacific.  A selected representative from employers’ organisations for Vanuatu is invited to attend the training.

Relevant ILO tripartite participants from Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga will be fully sponsored by the ILO.

Under the ILO initiative, the Working out of disaster from response to recovery and preparedness workshop from 18 to 22 September 2017 at Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji, will develop a Pacific strategy for the ILO and its constituents to be better prepared and reduce the impact of disasters on employment and small and micro enterprises.

VCCI is looking for a nominee, a business man or business woman, who is an employer, and would be interested to attend this technical training on behalf of VCCI to represent the employers and micro and small businesses of Vanuatu.

The VCCI nominee will be actively involved in the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC) activities, ready to share the knowledge of tools and best practices of this training with the members of VBRC, MSMEs and business community.

If you are interested to attend and represent VCCI and Employers, you can contact VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] or by phone on 27543, or by mobile phone 7123967, to submit your name and contact details of your business by Wednesday 23 August 2017.

EXPORT CAPACITY WORKSHOP NZ PTI IN JULY 2017

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 PTI NZ 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 PTI NZ and other trade fairs. Similar workshops would be conducted in the future to build capacity and prepare local businesses to meet export readiness requirements.

VCCI Nominee to Technical Sub Regional Training for Disaster Affected Pacific Island Countries and Other News

Invitation to Women Entrepreneurs Attending Business and Entrepreneurship Workshops with Margareta Schettler

The U.S Embassy in Port Moresby is delighted to introduce Margareta (Greta) Schettler. Greta is an expert in Business and Entrepreneurship and will be running a two day workshop on this topic in Port Vila on:

Date: Monday and Tuesday, September 11 and 12, 2017

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am and then from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Venue: Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) Conference Room

 

This event is FREE of charge but space is limited. FSVP to Esther Sibona at [email protected] or +675 7091 5854 by Friday September 1 2017, to reserve your spot.

 

About Greta

Greta Schettler is the Chief Operating Officer of WEConnect International. Based in Washington, D.C., she heads up global efforts to manage the rapid growth of the organization, leads its executive management team and strategic direction, and develops a performance driven culture among its group of diverse talented individuals. She is a proven executive and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience, has a wealth of experience in designing and scaling efforts to advance women’s economic participation and entrepreneurship through development, trade, economic, and international business initiatives. Prior to joining WEConnect International, Greta was Senior Economic Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues for the U.S. Department of State for six years. In that role Greta was responsible for elevation women’s economic participation as a U.S. foreign policy priority globally. Greta’s leadership at the U.S. Department of State was key to the strategic development and expansion of over 30 major initiatives such as the APEC Women and the Economy forum, the Equal Futures Partnership, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund, the African Women’s Entrepreneurship program, and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise. During her work in the APEC region, Greta lead several efforts focused on women’s entrepreneurship in conjunction with Papua New Guinea and the other 21 APEC economies. She has specific experience in developing programs that connect women owned businesses to larger market opportunities that are based in small islands developing states, where she specifically worked with women owned businesses from the Pacific and Caribbean Islands.

 

VCCI NOMINEE TO TECHNICAL SUB REGIONAL TRAINING FOR DISASTER AFFECTED PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES 18 TO 22 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Pacific is one of the most hazard prone regions on earth. Vulnerability factors such as remoteness from major trade and commercial centres, high population growth, strong gender inequalities and a lingering transition from subsistence production to the cash-economy characterise many of the Pacific island countries and quickly turn a hazard into a disaster. The average annual direct losses caused by natural hazards in the South Pacific region are estimated at US$284 million – combined with a breakdown of traditional community-based social protection systems and slow economic growth rates since the onset of the global financial crisis, many households in the pacific struggle to make a decent living.

From 2015 until now, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has supported post-disaster action in three Pacific island countries through conducting Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs) of the Employment and Livelihoods Sector, implementing employment-rich recovery projects and through helping micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to establish disaster-resilient business practices. The demand for preparedness and recovery tools for the MSME’s is high, considering the effect of the disaster to income and employment.

The recent Ministerial Meeting on the Future of Work in the Pacific recognised the need to strengthening the capacities of ILO tripartite partners to respond to, recover from and prepare for the adverse impact of natural hazards on the economy and labour market. The development of next generation Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) for the pacific countries are recognising the impact of disaster on decent work.

Given the strategic importance of disaster preparedness in the pacific, the ILO Country Office (CO Suva) together with the ILO Bureau of Employers Activities (ACTEMP) and the International Trade Center (ITC) of ILO propose to hold a week-long sub regional technical meeting for ILO constituents and other stakeholders from disaster affected pacific island countries and who were involved in the response.

The sub regional technical training aims to:

(1) promote ILO tools to mainstream decent work practices in disaster response, recovery and preparedness activities;

(2) to identify best practices and areas of improvement during recent post-disaster action in the pacific for sharing and strategizing;

3) strengthen the ILO’s internal capacity to respond to the demand.

The specific objectives of the sub regional training are to:

  1. promote the ILO as a key player during disaster planning and response in the Pacific, including strengthening employer organisations to support SME’s;
  2. Review the Disaster Resilience and Preparedness tool for SME’s developed by ILO:

These include cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tidal surges, landslides, droughts, forest fires and volcanic eruptions, as well as epidemics

  1. enhance the capacities of government and ILO social partners in the Pacific to mainstream decent work practices during disaster response, recovery and preparedness;
  2. identify together with constituents and stakeholders from disaster-affected pacific islands countries good practices as well as opportunities for further improvements for pre and post disaster actions in the Pacific.

A selected representative from employers’ organisations for Vanuatu is invited to attend the training.

Relevant ILO tripartite participants from Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga will be fully sponsored by the ILO. Other participants will be invited to attend the training at their own costs.

The five day-long training programme will combine expert input with applied learning methodologies. Participants will receive knowledge from ILO experts and will have ample opportunity to share their insights and experiences during plenary sessions and group work.

Each training day will expose participants to a different dimension of post-disaster action:

DAY 01 “Employers Focus Group” will start with an interactive introduction exercise and provide the participants with a quick overview of the training programme. Subsequently, the participants will explore the specific role of employers in Disaster Risk Reduction. ACTEMP will present its Disaster Risk Reduction toolkit for Employer Organisations to support SME’s to employer representatives, CO-Suva and ITC Turin for feedback. The employer representatives from participating countries will be joined by employer representatives from the Fiji Disaster Council.

DAY 02 “Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) and Response” will start with a brief introduction to PDNAs and participants will familiarise themselves with the PDNA coordination mechanism as well as the objective and purpose of a PDNA. In subsequent sessions, participants will receive an introductory technical training to assess a disaster’s impact on the Employment, Livelihoods and Social Protection Sector” and e.g. apply basic calculations to estimate lost days and lost income. At the end of the day, participants will share their experience in the PDNA’s highlighting best practices and lessons for better preparedness.

On “DAY 03 – Emergency Employment & Recovery” The first half of the day will critically analyse past emergency employment and recovery programmes in specific countries. Thesecond half of the day will focus on potential solutions to challenges and identifying best practice for future response, including toolkit for SME recovery.

On “Day 04 – Field Study and Validation” participants will embark on a half-day field study. This will give them the opportunity to relate key learning outcomes from the preceding training days by visiting selected SME’s and communities in Fiji that were impacted by Cyclone Winston to understand practical challenges and solutions on the ground. Participants will also be able to interview SME owners to test and verify their learnings from day 03. In the afternoon, participants will engage in a participatory debrief with the training facilitators.

Day 05 “Wrap-up and Evaluation” marks the end of the training programme. Participants will review and summarise key learning outcomes from the preceding days and develop a strategy to enhance future disaster preparedness and response strategies in the pacific. At the end of the day, participants will undertake a short knowledge acquisition test, evaluate their training experience and receive their certificates.

After having attended the sub regional training, participants will be able to:

  • appreciate the role of the ILO and its partners in pre and post-disaster action in the pacific,
  • understand the PDNA process as well as key PDNA concepts such as damages and losses, recovery needs, sectorial divisions, etc.,
  • apprehend the ILO’s tools and strategies to provide emergency employment and recovery programmes as well as to enhance the resilience of SME and their business practices,
  • apprehend ILO’s tools on “the role of business and its organizations in building a resilient and protecting job, enterprise and livelihood.”
  • identify future disaster risk scenarios in the pacific and appropriate disaster risk reduction initiatives.

This training combines expert input with applied learning methodologies. Participants will be exposed to variety of learning methods, including expert presentations, group-work, case studies and study visits, to ensure a high-quality learning experience.

Under the ILO initiative, the Working out of disaster from response to recovery and preparedness workshop from 18 to 22 September 2017 at Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji, will develop a Pacific strategy for the ILO and its constituents to be better prepared and reduce the impact of disasters on employment and small and micro enterprises.

VCCI is looking for a nominee, a business man or business woman, who is an employer, who would be interested to attend this technical training on behalf of VCCI to represent the employers and micro and small businesses of Vanuatu.

The VCCI nominee will be actively involved in the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC) activities, ready to share the knowledge of tools and best practices of this training with the members of VBRC, MSMEs and business community.

If you are interested, you can contact VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] or by phone on 27543, or by mobile phone 7123967, to submit your name and contact details of your business by Friday 18 August 2017.

Invitation to participate to a short course Australia Awards Women Trading Globally 12 to 24 November 2017

Are you a woman who owns and operates a successful small business? Do you wish to learn about international trade and how you might be able to embark on the pathway of growing your business into new international markets?

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under its Aid for Trade and Australia Awards programs, and in partnership with the Export Council of Australia, has pleasure in inviting you to participate in a short course ‘Australia Awards: Women Trading Globally’ .

The course is offered to Pacific women with their own business who are ‘export ready’.

During the course participants will;

  • learn about doing business in and with Australia
  • connect with other women entrepreneurs from across the Pacific and Australia
  • enable you to grow your business and expand internationally.

The program consists of one week of training in Brisbane, Australia, and one week of training in Sydney, Australia.

This two week residential Australia Awards short course is funded by the Australian Government.

Requirements:

  • You own and operate a successful business or you play a leading role within your business
  • You reside in one of these countries: Fiji Vanuatu Solomon Islands Samoa Tonga Papua New Guinea Kiribati Nauru Federated States of Micronesia Marshall Islands Cook Islands Niue Tuvalu Tokelau Palau
  • You have a strong command of English—spoken and written
  • Your business has export capabilities
  • You are able to travel to Australia from 12 to 24 November 2017
  • You are keen to expand your international business capability

The program includes:

  • Comprehensive international business capability training
  • Practical, hands-on exercises
  • Site visits
  • Networking opportunities

This program will enable you to grow your business and expand internationally.

You will need to complete the application form and return it to [email protected] by close of business on Friday 25 August 2017.

For successful applicants, all costs* associated with this program will be funded by the Australian Government. These include;

  • International airfares and visas
  • All meals and accommodation in Australia
  • Transportation within Australia
  • Workshops and workshop materials
  • Organised social functions

* Excludes items of a personal nature.

You will be notified of the success of your application by close of business on Friday 08 September 2017.

For more information to submit your name and contact details of your business, the application form and a brochure about the initiative are available on line https://globalalumni.gov.au/News/Details?ArticleId=494

Applications close on 25 August 2017.

 

Business and Self-employment Promotion at the 2017 Career Fair

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) participated in the 2017 national career fair on 3rd and 4th July 2017 to promote ‘engaging in business and self-employment’ as a career option to young school students.

VCCI’s purpose at the career fair was to develop students’ understanding of the benefits of doing business and generate interests to start making up their minds on a business career path. Starting a business or engaging in self-employment is increasingly seen as part of a strategy to address the youth employment challenge.

On average young people find it more difficult than adults to engage in business because they have less capital in the form of skills, knowledge and experience, collaterals and less access to business network. Information provided by VCCI during the two days event included business training courses and opportunities available at the VCCI to support youths as business entrepreneurs.

Public Private Partnership VCCI & Vanuatu Government, Submit Vanuatu Agribusiness Profile PIPSO & Other News

INTRODUCTION OF PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN VCCI AND VANUATU GOVERNMENT

VCCI position on the Final Report on the Case for Revenue Reform and Modernisation from the Vanuatu Revenue Review Committee is to introduce a public private partnership between VCCI and the Vanuatu Government under a VCCI and Vanuatu Government Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Under the identified public private partnership opportunity, a concrete outcome of the proposed VCCI and Vanuatu Government MOU would be the setup of a working group with the private sector, by the Ministry of Finance, with representatives from agriculture, tourism, finance, manufacturing, large and small commerce, construction, air transport, land transport, shipping, and public utilities sectors, to conduct further consultations on tax reform.

One of the main objectives of such initiative is to identify and assess the impact of the changes, including the ability for these changes to be protected from being undermined by corruption, and the risks of revenues shortfalls under these changes. Such initiative would lead to minimise the risks for the government budget projections based on income projections that could prove to be incorrect, as it occurred in the late ‘90s when the VAT was introduced.

If the Vanuatu economy is just starting to recover from an extended economic downturn, it is even more important for the Vanuatu Government to adopt a cautious and prudent approach in order not to cause a negative impact on the new spending on infrastructure development projects including ongoing and future projects.

Furthermore there is no 5 year economic plan from 2018 to 2022 outlined to support the income projections stating clearly what the economic priority actions would be each year over 5 years in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, including forecasted projections of GDP over the next 5 years supporting the economic priority actions. Each year, which economic industry sectors are given the priority for development to strengthen the private sector development in order to boost economic growth in Vanuatu? How will the Vanuatu economy be managed? Under what economic policy?

The economic strategy for Vanuatu is the basis to generate income projections in the next 5 years. What is the Vanuatu Government 5-10-15 year growth plan? Do they have one?

The market needs to know the ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ Vanuatu Government will deliver the platform for investment, financial and job growth in the Vanuatu economy. Businesses currently need to understand what they are investing in and what the next 5-10 years will bring. Most businesses are capital intensive, this usually requires a minimum 10+ year investment outlook so again investors require confidence in a bankable central Government plan. Investors currently seem largely disillusioned, many are wondering how they can exit or if they can afford to (many sadly want to exit but financially cannot) and if they stay what sort of viable future will there be?

It is incumbent on the Vanuatu Government to give the private sector (investors’ and job creators) confidence that the Government is a competent and responsible administrator. The Government’s failure to engage and consult on the tax reform with the economic industry sectors in a constructive Working Group leads to a negative impact on investors’ confidence in Vanuatu and the Government.

Is the private sector the engine of growth for the country or is it not? In short how do we go from here to avoid the no confidence – no investment – no job creation… and no prosperity for Vanuatu?

 

SUBMIT YOUR VANUATU AGRIBUSINESS PROFILE IN PIPSO WEBSITE TO GET GREAT EXPOSURE

To get a regional positioning, exposure and visibility while promoting your business and products made in Vanuatu, you are invited to follow the few steps to submit your Vanuatu agribusiness profile by connecting to the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) website http://www.pipso.org.fj/for-pacific-businesses/

You can create your own agribusiness profile in 5 minutes online. For more information, please connect to PIPSO website www.pipso.org.fj

 

LARGE COMMERCE COUNCILLOR VACANT POSITION IN VCCI COUNCIL

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) is looking for a large commerce business to represent the Large Commerce sector in the VCCI Council, as the Large Commerce Councillor.

If you are interested to submit your candidacy for the Large Commerce Councillor position and wish to receive more information on this vacant position, you can complete and sign a VCCI Councillor Candidacy Form and return it to the VCCI Reception by contacting VCCI Reception by phone 27543, mobile 7123967 or by email at [email protected] before Wednesday 9 August 2017.

 

Going for gold – being the best you can be!

A series of short practical articles on transforming our society through business.

Businesses, especially very small, small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of the Pacific. They provide for our needs, employ our people, energise our communities, help us fulfil our potential and provide a future for our young people.  Businesses have the power to transform our world one step at a time. Business leaders have a responsibility to use that power wisely, ethically and responsibly. During this short series of articles Chris Elphick looks at the transformational power of business.

Today the focus is on vision and mission – how inspirational is yours?

It has long been understood that businesses need a vision and mission but there is often lack of clarity about what it is and who it is for!

A vision statement provides strategic direction and describes what the owners want the company to achieve in the future – what impact is it going to make in the world.

A mission statement describes an organisation’s purpose and answers the questions “What business are we in?” and “What is our business for?”

A Vision is something you want to become, to achieve, it is a seductive image of an ideal future – whereas a Mission explains the purpose of the organisation – why it exists – it captures the organisation’s soul.

They should link closely together and some organisations will have just one statement that captures both.  If you have a set of business values then they should also relate closely.

Many organisations have statements of their vision, mission and values on the wall, often in a nicely designed plaque! I wonder why we do that and what is the real value of these statements.  To be meaningful vision, mission and values need to be in daily use and be in the hearts and minds of our teams.

A vision/ mission statement should be no more than one-sentence describing the clear and inspirational long-term desired change resulting from an organisation’s work.  The best visions are inspirational, clear, memorable, and concise.

Here are a few examples from the not-for-profit world:

Oxfam: A just world without poverty; Human Rights Campaign: Equality for everyone; National Multiple Sclerosis Society: A World Free of MS; Alzheimer’s Association: Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s; Habitat for Humanity: A world where everyone has a decent place to live; Oceana seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they once were.

Here are a few more from some well know international companies:

“Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world. If you have a body, you are an athlete.” Nike

“We save people money so they can live better.” Walmart

“To Improve Every Life through Innovative Giving in Education, Community and the Environment.” 3M “To refresh the world…To inspire moments of optimism and happiness…To create value and make a difference.” Coca Cola

“To enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential.” Microsoft “To organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Google

It is important not to get too worried about the difference between vision, mission and values!  What is important is that to be an inspirational business we need to inspire people and of course we don’t do that by our words but by our actions.

Engage your staff in developing your vision and mission – make sure it is meaningful to them and that they believe it!

Engage your customers, suppliers and other stakeholders – is it meaningful and believable to them?

Keep it alive – discuss it at team meetings, use it to promote the business and to recruit staff, create vision related projects that are helpful to your staff and your local community.

Develop a reputation as a value-led business that cares about its staff, its customers, its community and its environment – this is good business sense and it makes a real difference to the world in which you operate. Recent research shows that businesses with relevant and inspirational visions attract the best talent and bring in more customers!

‘I believe in businesses where you engage in creative thinking, and where you form some of your deepest relationships. If it isn’t about the production of the human spirit we are in big trouble’ Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop.

Coming next – part three of our Going for Gold series – planning that works!! Chris Elphick is Director of Learn.fast Pacific, supporting the development of a range of businesses and organisations in Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomons and other Pacific countries.  He is an experienced business mentor and has years of experience of working with Small & Medium Enterprises.  Learnfast Pacific works in close association with business support organisations throughout the Pacific.

If you have a business issue for Chris to comment on please contact him at [email protected]

 

 

 

Pacific Business Forum in New Caledonia, VCCI Nominee to private Sector Panel Dialogue and Other Meetings.

PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM IN NEW CALEDONIA 3 TO 4 AUGUST 2017

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) wishes to remind that The Pacific Business Forum (PBF) Team is invited you to join and attend the Pacific Business Forum Genius which will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia the 3rd and 4th of August 2017 at the SPC (Secretariat Pacific Community).

The members of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce including business associations and businesses are invited to join this event.

While the first edition was targeting all sectors of activities, PBF 2017 focuses on New Economies and Development Perspectives linked to the knowledge economy, the blue economy and the digital economy.

This event is a unique opportunity to meet with 350 entrepreneurs from all the Pacific area. For this second edition, the Pacific Business Forum guideline is Genius and will focus on the “NIU economy” or how the digital economy can help Pacific Businesses. The PBF Pacific Genius is a source of inspiration for all the participating companies to go faster, further and stronger. Let’s shake together the coconut tree!

Aware of the need to stimulate economic exchanges between the countries of the South Pacific, the CGPME NC (Small and Medium Businesses organisation in New Caledonia) is at the initiative of the Pacific Business Forum, a B2B event aimed to bring together entrepreneurs from all Pacific countries to strengthen trade relations and economic synergies across the Pacific Ocean area.

Speakers include Mr Idriss Aberkane as keynote speaker. Mr Idriss Aberkane who is a French professor, speaker, essayist and business man, is well known in the academic media for his writings and lectures on the knowledge economy and neurosciences. Other businesses from all the pacific area will talk about their innovative activity which could become a source of inspiration for Pacific businesses, including start-ups. Some models are immediately applicable to our businesses; others will be sources of inspiration for « new business ». 2 New Caledonian businesses Aqualone and BlueCham will speak about their experience of “start-up” and their innovative activity that revolutionizes their sector.   The PBF Genius it’s two days of intensive networking:

  1. Conferences with 1 Keynote speaker,
  2. Don’t miss the keynote speaker and ” 15 minutes” speakers
  3. Several Genius round tables and Business Speed Datings!

The participation at the Pacific Business Forum Genius is free of charge.

You can register on the website: https://pacificbusinessforum.com/en/

Some specific agreements have been negotiated with the 2 hotel partners of the PBF Genius, Ramada Hotel and Château Royal located in Noumea. A specific code will be sent to you once you will be registered in order to benefit from a specific fare as an attendee of the PBF Genius.

For further information follow the PBF on their social network Facebook/PBFGenius2017 and LinkedIn: PacificBusiness Forum

All the Pacific Business Forum Team is available for any further informations and to assist you in the preparation of your participation.

Pacific Business Forum

E-mail : [email protected]

Website : www.pacificbusinessforum.com

Follow PBF on their social networks

Facebook : www.facebook.com/PBFgenius2017

LinkedIn : PacificBusinessForum

VCCI NOMINEE TO PARTICIPATGE TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR PANEL DIALOGUE WITH FORUM LEADERS IN APIA, SAMOA, ON 6 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) wishes to remind, on behalf of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the arrangements for the Private Sector Dialogue with Forum Leaders, during the 48th Pacific Islands Forum in Apia, Samoa, in September 2017.

The Dialogue will take place on Wednesday, 6 September, 2017, the Private Sector Dialogue will be held from 11:00am – 12:30pm.  The Dialogues will take the form of a panel discussions on agreed thematic issues relevant to the Forum theme of “The Blue Pacific – our sea of islands – our security through sustainable development management and conservation”.

This moderated panel session aims to engage Leaders in high-level interactive dialogue with representatives from the private sector. The theme for the Private Sector Panel with Forum Leaders is: “The Blue Pacific- a sea of commerce, challenges and opportunities”, emphasizing the oceans as a conduit for trade and commerce.

The concept note for this event provides narrative and guiding questions on the theme that Forum Leaders and Private Sector representatives will speak on. Members are encouraged to refer to these concept notes in the preparation for this panel session. This event is open to all Forum Members and invited Forum Observers, Development Partners, and Private Sector representatives. The private sector representatives’ participation is fully funded through the PIFS.

“The Blue Pacific – a sea of commerce, challenges and opportunities”

Being the largest ecosystem in the world, covering almost half the global sea surface, the Pacific Ocean is at the centre of global trade and commerce. For the Pacific Island countries, the ‘blue economy’ is 40 times bigger than the region’s land mass. Hence, the sea is a strong economic force providing seaborne trade, commerce and investment opportunities. It is the major source of food, energy, transport linkages as well as being the source of cultural and traditional ties that support the livelihoods of our peoples.

The Pacific Ocean’s economic contribution to the Pacific economies is already significant. The Ocean provides goods and services (tourism and fishing activities) worth more than 10 percent of regional Gross Domestic Product. In addition, the ocean dependent sectors (such as tourism, transport, fisheries) are estimated to be absorbing at least 6 percent of regional employment.

The Blue Pacific harbors tremendous traditional and new commercial opportunities that (will) underpin (s) the Pacific economies prosperity.  A big share of commerce, trade, and investments depend on the sea: for movement of goods and services, transport and logistics; renewable energy; marine resources; and recreational services. The 21st technology revolution is creating a new ocean economy with a range of ecosystem services that will breathe life to a new economic model. Novel technologies are introducing new dimensions of marine resource developments, including seabed mineral resources, bio prospecting, and improved fish production practices.

On the other hand, the Blue Pacific is facing threats, and posing challenges to trade, commerce, and investments for the Pacific Economies. For instance, its vastness isolates Pacific countries from the heart beats of global commerce, which increases the cost of doing of business in the region. Pacific Countries are also vulnerable to ocean induced disasters, including cyclones. The Ocean environment and health is facing significant threats, emanating from human activities. Demographic trends are fuelling demand for additional (and over exploitation) of natural resources, especially for food and energy. Coastal urbanisation is also on the rise and the pollution levels in coastal inlets and in the ocean itself is unprecedented.

To safeguard the ocean, and the commercial opportunities it provides, the challenges and threats the sea faces are drawing attention on all fronts led by our political leaders.  Members of the Panel will discuss both trade and commerce opportunities provided by the Pacific Ocean, as well as the threats facing the Pacific Ocean.

Panellists are encouraged to reflect on the following questions, when presenting their perspectives on the theme:

1. What new opportunities does the Blue Pacific provide to grow commerce and investments in the region? How do you see the role of the private sector in harnessing these opportunities, whilst ensuring conservation and improved management of the Blue Pacific? How should existing businesses transition towards ‘blue’ business practices?

2. What are the opportunities and incentives for innovative business models investing in restoring/promoting Ocean health? What should the governments and communities be offering to encourage better and sustainable business practices?

3. How effective are current policies, laws, regulations and practices in promoting Ocean health, and protecting opportunities the Ocean provides?

If you, a business man or business woman, are interested to attend the Private Sector Dialogue as the VCCI Nominee, you can contact VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] and by phone on 27543 or mobile 7123967 before 9 August 2017.

LARGE COMMERCE COUNCILLOR VACANT POSITION IN VCCI COUNCIL

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) is looking for a large commerce business to represent the Large Commerce sector in the VCCI Council, as the Large Commerce Councillor.

If you are interested to submit your candidacy for the Large Commerce Councillor position and wish to receive more information on this vacant position, you can complete and sign a VCCI Councillor Candidacy Form and return it to the VCCI Reception by contacting VCCI Reception by phone 27543, mobile 7123967 or by email at [email protected] before Wednesday 9 August 2017.

FINAL REPORT ON THE CASE FOR REVENUE REFORM AND MODERNISATION

VCCI wishes to advise that the Final Report on the Case for Revenue Reform and Modernisation from the Vanuatu Revenue Review Committee has been released and is now available.

A Council of Ministers decision in 2015 led to re-establishment of Tax Policy Unit (TPU) in Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) to provide effective management and leadership on revenue policy and law issues. The Revenue Review Committee (RRC) was established under the leadership of TPU to undertake the review of revenue reforms.

The process of revenue reforms started out with the analysis of current revenue system in Vanuatu and identifying its shortcomings.   In 2016, the Council of Ministers approved in principle the proposed corporate and personal income tax model and requested the Revenue Review Committee to undertake public and nationwide consultations of the recommended reform and subsequently provide a Report to the Council of Ministers detailing the findings.

The various options and their impacts were discussed in all the consultations to arrive at the final recommendations.

The Review has examined the potential impact of the proposed income tax and evaluated its impact with the guiding principles for a good tax system that was set out in Consultation Paper No. 1 – The Case for Revenue Reform and Modernisation.

Alternative revenue options, including those proposed during the nationwide consultations have also been evaluated with the guiding principles.

The analysis on revenue forecasts and estimates of the impact of income tax or other options on the economy is based on the national framework for revenue forecasting and is part of the Model of the Vanuatu Economy (MOVE) that the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu (RBV) is developing in association with the Department of Finance and Treasury (DOFT) and the Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO).

The Final Report on the Case for Revenue Reform and Modernisation is now available for businesses to access from the homepage of the website of the Vanuatu Revenue Review Committee at https://revenuereview.gov.vu/index.php/en/

You can also access it from the VCCI Reception in the electronic format. You can contact VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] and by phone on 27543 or mobile 7123967.

Going for gold – being the best you can be!

A series of short practical articles on transforming our society through business. Businesses, especially very small, small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of the Pacific. They provide for our needs, employ our people, energise our communities, help us fulfil our potential and provide a future for our young people.  Businesses have the power to transform our world one step at a time. Business leaders have a responsibility to use that power wisely, ethically and responsibly.

During this short series of articles Chris Elphick looks at the transformational power of business.

Today the focus is on inspirational leadership Much has been written about leadership in business – no leader, no business and of course we all have leadership skills and abilities. However, going for gold requires us to be inspirational leaders – to be the sort of people others want to emulate or be around.

Inspirational leaders have the ability to instil in someone the motivation, enthusiasm and courage to do better things and achieve more.

That means we have to be motivated and enthusiastic ourselves – this seven-point plan might help.

Firstly we need to be positive and optimistic – our glass must always be half full! From optimism comes confidence and the people you leader will learn to be confident and they in turn will help others – your optimism will have as crucial knock-on effect throughout your business, your family, your community and eventually your nation.

Secondly inspirational leaders must be ‘real’ – genuine people.  We must open ourselves up to others and make sure what we say and what we do are totally aligned. You will never inspire anyone unless they believe in you for who you are, not for the words you utter or the status you have.

Thirdly, inspirational leaders need to have ‘edge’ – the ability to assert what we believe. Be prepared to stand out in the crowd, be prepared to take a stand against corruption or abuse, be prepared to voice what we believe in and stay true to those beliefs.

Fourthly we need to be prepared to be vulnerable – to get outside our comfort zone and to put ourselves as leaders on our own learning curve. When we share stories of our mistakes with others then others see us as human and can maybe see themselves in us.  In this way, we can connect and help people find their own inspirational leader within.

Fifthly we need energy and enthusiasm especially when we are around others – this will come across in our words, our body language, our behaviours, our actions.  By being energetic we are able to motivate others and to enthuse them.  As leaders we need to know when we must recharge our own batteries – none of us can keep going forever.  We need to take breaks, spend time with people we are close to, have fun, keep learning and open ourselves up to new experiences!

Sixthly we must have integrity – this means being the same person all the time! A definition of integrity is ‘the state of being whole and undivided’.  People will not trust or follow you if you show more than one face – inspirational leaders must be honest with strong moral principles.

Finally, inspirational leaders must connect with others – they should act like a magnet and attract others to them not so that others will copy us but that they will learn about their own inspirational qualities.  Also when we connect in this way we build strong networks which will help the spread of the transformational power of individual businesses.

A business on its own will transform nothing – it needs to be led by someone who is motivated by the excitement of helping to transform the way they do business, the way they relate to staff and customers, the role they play in their community, their commitment to the environment – just imagine what a difference we could make if every small business saw itself as an instrument not just for profit but for transformation!  Go well!

Coming next – part two of our Going for Gold series – business visions to transform the world! Chris Elphick is Director of Learn.fast Pacific, supporting the development of a range of businesses and organisations in Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomons and other Pacific countries.  He is an experienced business mentor and has years of experience of working with Small & Medium Enterprises.  Learnfast Pacific works in close association with business support organisations throughout the Pacific.

If you have a business issue for Chris to comment on please contact him at [email protected]

 

 

 

Pacific Islands Development Forum Meetings, Pacific Business Forum New Caledonia, Private Sector Dialogue with Forum Leaders and Other News

VCCI NOMINEE TO PARTICIPATE TO THE PACIFIC ISLANDS DEVELOPMENT FORUM MEETINGS IN HONIARA IN AUGUST 2017

VCCI is looking for a business nominee to attend on its behalf the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Meetings to be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, as follows:

1. The Members Representative Council (MRC) Workshop to be held on 17 and 18 August 2017

2. The Members Representative Council (MRC) on 21 August 2017;

3. 1st High Level Pacific Blue Economy Conference (“PBEC”) on 23 and 24 August 2017;

4. The Conference on 24 August 2017.

The purpose of the MRC workshop is to consider the outcome of the PIDF National Consultations on PIDF strategic plan for 2017-2020, PIDF climate roadmap and Pacific Climate Treaty and other key organizational issues. The agenda of the meeting will be provided in due course.

The cost of participation in all of these meetings in terms of travel, accommodation and meals will be covered by PIDF.

If you, a business man or business woman, are interested to attend the Private Sector Dialogue as the VCCI Nominee, you can contact VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] and by phone on 27543 or mobile 7123967 before 28 July 2017.

PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM IN NEW CALEDONIA 3 TO 4 AUGUST 2017

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) wishes to remind that The Pacific Business Forum (PBF) Team is invited you to join and attend the Pacific Business Forum Genius which will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia the 3rd and 4th of august 2017 at the SPC (Secretariat Pacific Community).

The members of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce including business associations and businesses are invited to join this event.

While the first edition was targeting all sectors of activities, PBF 2017 focuses on New Economies and Development Perspectives linked to the knowledge economy, the blue economy and the digital economy.

This event is a unique opportunity to meet with 350 entrepreneurs from all the Pacific area. For this second edition, the Pacific Business Forum guideline is Genius and will focus on the “NIU economy” or how the digital economy can help Pacific Businesses. The PBF Pacific Genius is a source of inspiration for all the participating companies to go faster, further and stronger. Let’s shake together the coconut tree! Aware of the need to stimulate economic exchanges between the countries of the South Pacific, the CGPME NC (Small and Medium Businesses organisation in New Caledonia) is at the initiative of the Pacific Business Forum, a B2B event aimed to bring together entrepreneurs from all Pacific countries to strengthen trade relations and economic synergies across the Pacific Ocean area.

Speakers include Mr Idriss Aberkane as keynote speaker. Mr Idriss Aberkane who is a French professor, speaker, essayist and business man, is well known in the academic media for his writings and lectures on the knowledge economy and neurosciences. Other businesses from all the pacific area will talk about their innovative activity which could become a source of inspiration for Pacific businesses, including start-ups. Some models are immediately applicable to our businesses; others will be sources of inspiration for « new business ». 2 New Caledonian businesses Aqualone and BlueCham will speak about their experience of “start-up” and their innovative activity that revolutionizes their sector.

The PBF Genius it’s two days of intensive networking:

  1. Conferences with 1 Keynote speaker,
  2. Don’t miss the keynote speaker and ” 15 minutes” speakers
  3. Several Genius round tables and Business Speed Datings!

The draft programme is under finalisation and will be forwarded to you once it is received.

The participation at the Pacific Business Forum Genius is free of charge.

You can register on the website: https://pacificbusinessforum.com/en/

Some specific agreements have been negotiated with the 2 hotel partners of the PBF Genius, Ramada Hotel and Château Royal located in Noumea. A specific code will be sent to you once you will be registered in order to benefit from a specific fare as an attendee of the PBF Genius.

For further information follow the PBF on their social network Facebook/PBFGenius2017 and LinkedIn: PacificBusiness Forum

All the Pacific Business Forum Team is available for any further informations and to assist you in the preparation of your participation.

 

FORUM DU BUSINESS DU PACIFIQUE EN NOUVELLE CALEDONIE DU 3 AU 4 AOUT 2017

La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Vanuatu (CCIV) souhaiterait vous rappeler que l’équipe du Forum d’affaires du Pacifique ou Pacific Business Forum (PBF) est ravie de vous inviter à vous joindre et participer au Pacific Business Forum Genius qui se tiendra á Nouméa, Nouvelle-Calédonie, le 3 et 4 août 2017 á la CPS ou la Communauté du Pacifique (Secrétariat de la Communauté du Pacifique).

Les membres et adhérents de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie inclus les associations de business et les entreprises sont invités á se joindre á cette événement.

La thématique du PBF Genius 2017 est Les Nouvelles Economies et les Perspectives de Développement.

Après le succès de la première édition de la PBF en novembre 2016, qui a réuni 350 chefs d’entreprises de 15 pays situés dans l’océan Pacifique, la CGPME NC organise une nouvelle édition de cette manifestation internationale, encore une fois à Nouméa, Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Les temps forts de cet évènement sont les suivants:

Rencontre avec Idriss Aberkane, l’invité d’honneur du PBF Genius. Idriss Aberkane est un chercheur, spécialiste de cerveau, titulaire de plusieurs doctorats, c’est aussi un entrepreneur et un conférencier recherché qui met sa connaissance scientifique au service du développement d’une nouvelle économie : l’économie de la connaissance.

– Témoignage et partage d’expérience avec les sociétés Aqualone et BlueCham Deux sociétés calédoniennes qui viendront parler de leur expérience de « start-up » et de leur activité innovante qui révolutionne leur secteur.

– « 15 minutes speakers »

– Genius Tables Tondes (ateliers en petit comité autour d’une thématique ciblée)

– Business Speed Datings

Le programme est en cours de finalisation et nous ne manquerons pas de vous l’adresser une fois que celui-ci sera disponible.

La participation à la Pacific Business Forum Genius est gratuite. Vous pouvez vous inscrire sur le site web https://pacificbusinessforum.com/fr/

Deux hôtels partenaires du PBF Genius auront le plaisir de vous offrir leur service, un tarif spécialement négocié sera appliqué sur les réservations effectuées par les participants du Forum.

Certains accords spécifiques ont été négociés avec les partenaires de l’hôtel, le Ramada Hotel Genius PBF et Château Royal situé à Nouméa. Un code spécifique vous sera envoyé une fois que vous serez inscrit, afin de pouvoir bénéficier d’un tarif spécifique en tant que participant de la PBF Genius.

Toute l’équiped de PBF se tient à votre disposition pour tout complément d’information et pour vous assister dans la préparation de votre participation.

Pacific Business Forum

E-mail : [email protected]

Website : www.pacificbusinessforum.com

Follow PBF on their social networks

Facebook : www.facebook.com/PBFgenius2017

LinkedIn : PacificBusinessForum

LARGE COMMERCE COUNCILLOR VACANT POSITION IN VCCI COUNCIL

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) is looking for a large commerce business to represent the Large Commerce sector in the VCCI Council, as the Large Commerce Councillor.

If you are interested to submit your candidacy for the Large Commerce Councillor position and wish to receive more information on this vacant position, you can complete and sign a VCCI Councillor Candidacy Form and return it to the VCCI Reception by contacting VCCI Reception by phone 27543, mobile 7123967 or by email at [email protected] before Monday 31 July 2017.

 

VCCI NOMINEE TO PARTICIPATGE TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR PANEL DIALOGUE WITH FORUM LEADERS IN APIA, SAMOA, ON 6 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) wishes to advise, on behalf of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the arrangements for the Private Sector Dialogue with Forum Leaders, during the 48th Pacific Islands Forum in Apia, Samoa, in September 2017.

The Dialogue will take place on Wednesday, 6 September, 2017, the Private Sector Dialogue will be held from 11:00am – 12:30pm.  The Dialogues will take the form of a panel discussions on agreed thematic issues relevant to the Forum theme of “The Blue Pacific – our sea of islands – our security through sustainable development management and conservation”.

This moderated panel session aims to engage Leaders in high-level interactive dialogue with representatives from the private sector. The theme for the Private Sector Panel with Forum Leaders is: “The Blue Pacific- a sea of commerce, challenges and opportunities”, emphasizing the oceans as a conduit for trade and commerce.

The concept note for this event provides narrative and guiding questions on the theme that Forum Leaders and Private Sector representatives will speak on. Members are encouraged to refer to these concept notes in the preparation for this panel session. This event is open to all Forum Members and invited Forum Observers, Development Partners, and Private Sector representatives. The private sector representatives’ participation is fully funded through the PIFS.

“The Blue Pacific – a sea of commerce, challenges and opportunities”

Being the largest ecosystem in the world, covering almost half the global sea surface, the Pacific Ocean is at the centre of global trade and commerce. For the Pacific Island countries, the ‘blue economy’ is 40 times bigger than the region’s land mass. Hence, the sea is a strong economic force providing seaborne trade, commerce and investment opportunities. It is the major source of food, energy, transport linkages as well as being the source of cultural and traditional ties that support the livelihoods of our peoples.

The Pacific Ocean’s economic contribution to the Pacific economies is already significant. The Ocean provides goods and services (tourism and fishing activities) worth more than 10 percent of regional Gross Domestic Product. In addition, the ocean dependent sectors (such as tourism, transport, fisheries) are estimated to be absorbing at least 6 percent of regional employment.

The Blue Pacific harbors tremendous traditional and new commercial opportunities that (will) underpin (s) the Pacific economies prosperity.  A big share of commerce, trade, and investments depend on the sea: for movement of goods and services, transport and logistics; renewable energy; marine resources; and recreational services. The 21st technology revolution is creating a new ocean economy with a range of ecosystem services that will breathe life to a new economic model. Novel technologies are introducing new dimensions of marine resource developments, including seabed mineral resources, bio prospecting, and improved fish production practices.

On the other hand, the Blue Pacific is facing threats, and posing challenges to trade, commerce, and investments for the Pacific Economies. For instance, its vastness isolates Pacific countries from the heart beats of global commerce, which increases the cost of doing of business in the region. Pacific Countries are also vulnerable to ocean induced disasters, including cyclones. The Ocean environment and health is facing significant threats, emanating from human activities. Demographic trends are fuelling demand for additional (and over exploitation) of natural resources, especially for food and energy. Coastal urbanisation is also on the rise and the pollution levels in coastal inlets and in the ocean itself is unprecedented.

To safeguard the ocean, and the commercial opportunities it provides, the challenges and threats the sea faces are drawing attention on all fronts led by our political leaders.  Members of the Panel will discuss both trade and commerce opportunities provided by the Pacific Ocean, as well as the threats facing the Pacific Ocean. Panellists are encouraged to reflect on the following questions, when presenting their perspectives on the theme:

1. What new opportunities does the Blue Pacific provide to grow commerce and investments in the region? How do you see the role of the private sector in harnessing these opportunities, whilst ensuring conservation and improved management of the Blue Pacific? How should existing businesses transition towards ‘blue’ business practices?

2. What are the opportunities and incentives for innovative business models investing in restoring/promoting Ocean health? What should the governments and communities be offering to encourage better and sustainable business practices?

3. How effective are current policies, laws, regulations and practices in promoting Ocean health, and protecting opportunities the Ocean provides?

If you, a business man or business woman, are interested to attend the Private Sector Dialogue as the VCCI Nominee, you can contact VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] and by phone on 27543 or mobile 7123967 before 4 August 2017.

Small businesses – High Impact

A series of short practical articles on running successful and profitable small to medium size businesses.

Today we focus on the seeds of the tree – new life and ideas.

Imagine your business as a tree

The seeds of the tree grow other trees – they replicate and reproduce – they help the forest to grow.  Likewise, with a business the seeds are new ideas – without them businesses will eventually die away.

When was the last time you had a new idea?  New ideas are the lifeblood of thriving businesses.  If we stick with the same old products or services we will get the same old results and the chances are our competitors will soon overtake us.

Sometimes it is not easy to come up with new ideas on our own, especially when we are busy and maybe feeling stressed!  Here are a few ideas to help new ideas flow:

Involve others – staff, friends, family, business mentor.  Two heads are always better than one and it is much more fun brainstorming new ideas together!

Start with a large sheet of paper and lots of coloured pens – write down all the ideas you can think of.

Have fun doing it!

Clear the decks – find some space and time – turn off your mobile phone – make yourselves comfortable.

The art of good brainstorming is not to judge – write down every idea and then think about them one at a time.  Be careful about your own judgements – just because you might not do it, doesn’t mean it is a bad idea.  It might not be right for your business at this time but it might be in the future!

Once you have a long list of ideas then leave the list on the wall for a few days – let everyone read and think – allow time for incubation and thinking.

Then, again with other people, work through each idea and create a short-list – try to rate them as (A) great ideas (B) good ideas and (C) good ideas but maybe not yet or not for me.

Then with the A list, choose one and start to plan, as you would with any other business process.

At this stage, if you haven’t already done so, engage an external person to give you her/ his opinion – this might be a mentor or accountant or other business colleague.

Some ideas might cost money or need new resources or new people while other ideas might be implemented with no new or additional investment.  Just because it is a great idea, it doesn’t mean you can afford it now!

Good ideas don’t have to be big ideas – it might be something small but effective – a new way to display your products or a change to your website or your opening hours or your advertisement in the newspaper.  New ideas tell your customers that you are a forward looking business – they put out a good, positive message.

Like seeds multiply, so do ideas – start with one and you will end with many more.

Sometimes it is good to meet with other business people in your area and brainstorm ideas together – the brain is very powerful yet we only use a fraction of it.

Look out for the dream-takers!!  These are people who will always have something negative to say – they suck energy out of good ideas.  Share your ideas with people who are interested and who will have something positive to contribute.

Sew the seed, water it, feed it the right compost, nurture it and watch it grow.

Coming next – small businesses – high impact part eleven – the earth in which the tree grows – the marketplace.

Chris Elphick is Director of Vanuatu-based Learn.fast Pacific, supporting the development of a range of businesses and organisations in Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon’s and other Pacific countries.  He is an experienced business mentor and has years of experience of working with Small & Medium Enterprises.  Learnfast Pacific works in close association with business support organisations including Chambers of Commerce and Industry throughout the Pacific.

If you have a business issue for Chris to comment on or you want copies of other articles please contact him at [email protected]
 

 

 

Business Capability Building Workshop 21 July 2017, 10th World Chambers Congress, Pacific Business Forum and other News.

Business Capability Building Workshop Port Vila – Friday 21 July 2017

This is a reminder that Pacific Trade and Invest (New Zealand) in conjunction the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) will be conducting a free one day workshop to assist business owners to be successful in Vanuatu and in the future to be able to enter the export market.

Running a business requires many skills and much knowledge and this workshop is aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of business owners so that they can be successful in Vanuatu and beyond.

This workshop is the first step in a 6 step Pacific Path to Market programme that can provide selected company’s the opportunity to participate in a Trade Mission to New Zealand in March 2018 to look at export opportunities for themselves.   The workshop covers the things that make companies successful and provides a snapshot of the New Zealand market.

The topics are as follows:

  • The attributes of a successful company.
  • The attributes of a successful product.
  • What you should understand about your customers.
  • The power of your packaging and how to use it to your advantage.
  • The NZ market.
  • Managing your supply chain.
  • How to set prices and improve profitability.
  • Tips on selling your products.

If you are wanting to make your business successful in Vanuatu and one day enter the export market, then you should consider attending this workshop.

What:                 Business Capability Building Workshop

When:                Friday 21st July 2017 from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Where:               VCCI Conference Room – please note change of venue

How:                    Register your interest and name with VCCI by phone 27543, mobile 7123967 or by email at [email protected] before Wednesday 19 July 2017

VCCI NOMINEE TO PARTICIPATE TO THE 10th WORLD CHAMBERS CONGRESS IN SYDNEY IN SEPTEMBER 2017

VCCI is looking for a business nominee to attend on its behalf the 10th World Chambers Congress to be held in Sydney, Australia from 19 to 21 September 2017 as a sponsored delegate. Support for the VCCI nominated delegate’s participation is kindly provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Sydney Business Chamber (SBC, a division of the NSW Business Chamber).   The chamber is offered one single registration to attend the 10th World Chambers Congress with the registration fees complimentary included three days attendance at all congress sessions, 3 lunches, 3 morning and afternoon teas, welcome reception (19 September 2017) and Gala Dinner (21 September 2017).  A contribution is offered towards the chamber’s nominated delegate’s airline travel to the Congress. The VCCI nominee will have to cover his or her remaining airline travel fees, accommodation, meals and other incidentals.

The World Chambers Congress which will be held in Sydney in September this year is the bi-annual gathering of Chambers from around the world. As this congress is presided over by the ICC/WCF in Paris, they use the UN list of Lesser Developed Countries and the Pacific Island Chambers who have registered to use a special LDC funding grant provided by Australia’s Dept. of Foreign Affairs, to cover partial costs for an official of the designated country chamber to attend.

Co-organised by the ICC World Chambers Federation and Sydney Business Chamber, the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress is the premier event of its kind bringing together chamber, business and government figures alike. Now in its 10th edition, this flagship event is much more than just a chamber’s gathering.

With over 1,000 international delegates from over 100 countries and territories, the Congress addresses some of the most significant and current global issues from sustainability and diversity challenges to slowing global trade and digital growth. In convening the globe’s most prominent leaders and brightest minds, we aim to transform the future of business.

Featuring renowned speakers from all over the world, Congress delegates will benefit from first-hand knowledge and diverse perspectives throughout the event’s extensive three-day programme. What’s more, with both formal and informal occasions to develop networks, the Congress is the ideal place to establish institutional ties and promote trade and investment opportunities from attending companies, countries and regions.

The World Chambers gathers an international group of chamber, business and government leaders from over 110 countries. Unrivalled in scale and scope, the congress continues to champion innovation, networking and much more.

REASONS TO ATTEND:

Network: An unparalleled opportunity to connect and strengthen relations with peers from over 110 countries

Knowledge: Gain insight from internationally renowned speakers and experts

Know-how: A unique occasion to share chamber and industry best practices and future trends

For more information about the 10th World Chambers Congress to be held in Sydney, Australia from 19 to 21 September 2017, you can visit the web site http://www.worldchamberscongress.org

If you are interested to attend the event as the VCCI nominee, you can contact VCCI to advise VCCI Reception by phone 27543, mobile 7123967 or by email at [email protected] before Thursday 20 July 2017.

LARGE COMMERCE COUNCILLOR VACANT POSITION IN VCCI COUNCIL

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) is looking for a large commerce business to represent the Large Commerce sector in the VCCI Council, as the Large Commerce Councillor.  

If you are interested to submit your candidacy for the Large Commerce Councillor position and wish to receive more information on this vacant position, you can complete and sign a VCCI Councillor Candidacy Form and return it to the VCCI Reception by contacting VCCI Reception by phone 27543, mobile 7123967 or by email at [email protected] before Monday 31 July 2017.

 

 

PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM IN NEW CALEDONIA 3 TO 4 AUGUST 2017

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) wishes to advise that The Pacific Business Forum (PBF) Team is invited you to join and attend the Pacific Business Forum Genius which will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia the 3rd and 4th of august 2017 at the SPC (Secretariat Pacific Community).

The members of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce including business associations and businesses are invited to join this event.   While the first edition was targeting all sectors of activities, PBF 2017 focuses on New Economies and Development Perspectives linked to the knowledge economy, the blue economy and the digital economy.

This event is a unique opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs from all the Pacific area. For this second edition, the Pacific Business Forum guideline is Genius and will focus on the “NIU economy” or how the digital economy can help Pacific Businesses. The PBF Pacific Genius is a source of inspiration for all the participating companies to go faster, further and stronger. Let’s shake together the coconut tree!

Aware of the need to stimulate economic exchanges between the countries of the South Pacific, the CGPME NC (Small and Medium Businesses organisation in New Caledonia) is at the initiative of the Pacific Business Forum, a B2B event aimed to bring together entrepreneurs from all Pacific countries to strengthen trade relations and economic synergies across the Pacific Ocean area.

After the success of the first edition of the PBF in November 2016, which brought together 350 entrepreneurs from 15 countries, the CGPME NC is organizing a new edition of this international event (3-4 August 2017), again in Noumea, New Caledonia. The event will also have the honour to host Mr Idriss ABERKANE as keynote speaker. Mr Idriss Aberkane is a French professor, speaker and essayist, he is well known in the academic media for his writings and lectures on the knowledge economy and neurosciences. Other businesses from all the pacific area will talk about their innovative activity which could become a source of inspiration for Pacific businesses. Start up will be also at the honour during the PBF Genius as emblematic French start up were invited to come and join the Forum in order to meet with participants. Some models are immediately applicable to our businesses; others will be sources of inspiration for «new business». 2 New Caledonian businesses Aqualone and BlueCham will speak about their experience of “start up” and their innovative activity that revolutionizes their sector.

The PBF Genius it’s two days of intensive networking:

  1. Conferences with 1 Keynote speaker,
  2. Don’t miss the keynote speaker and ” 15 minutes” speakers
  3. Several Genius round tables and Business Speed Datings!

The draft programme is under finalisation and will be forwarded to you once it is received.

The participation at the Pacific Business Forum Genius is free of charge.   You can register on the website: https://pacificbusinessforum.com/en/

Some specific agreements have been negotiated with the 2 hotel partners of the PBF Genius, Ramada Hotel and Château Royal located in Noumea. A specific code will be sent to you once you will be registered in order to benefit from a specific fare as an attendee of the PBF Genius.   All the Pacific Business Forum Team is available for any further information and to assist you in the preparation of your participation.

FORUM DU BUSINESS DU PACIFIQUE EN NOUVELLE CALEDONIE DU 3 AU 4 AOUT 2017

La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Vanuatu (CCIV) souhaiterait vous informer que l’équipe du Forum d’affaires du Pacifique ou Pacific Business Forum (PBF) est ravie de vous inviter à vous joindre et participer au Pacific Business Forum Genius qui se tiendra á Nouméa, Nouvelle-Calédonie, le 3 et 4 août 2017 á la CPS ou la Communauté du Pacifique (Secrétariat de la Communauté du Pacifique).

Les membres et adhérents de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie inclus les associations de business et les entreprises sont invités á se joindre á cet événement.   La thématique du PBF Genius 2017 est Les Nouvelles Economies et les Perspectives de leur Développement.

Après le succès de la première édition de la PBF en novembre 2016, qui a réuni 350 chefs d’entreprises de 15 pays situés dans l’océan Pacifique, la CGPME NC organise une nouvelle édition de cette manifestation internationale (3-4 août 2017), encore une fois à Nouméa, Nouvelle-Calédonie.   Les temps forts de cet évènement sont les suivants: – Rencontre avec Idriss Aberkane, l’invité d’honneur du PBF Genius. Idriss ABERKANE est un chercheur, spécialiste de cerveau, titulaire de plusieurs doctorats, c’est aussi un entrepreneur et un conférencier recherché qui met sa connaissance scientifique au service du développement d’une nouvelle économie : l’économie de la connaissance.

– Témoignage et partage d’expérience avec les sociétés Aqualone et BlueCham Deux sociétés calédoniennes qui viendront parler de leur expérience de « start up » et de leur activité innovante qui révolutionne leur secteur.

– « 15 minutes speakers »

– Genius Tables Tondes (ateliers en petit comité autour d’une thématique ciblée)

– Business Speed Datings

Le programme est en cours de finalisation et nous ne manquerons pas de vous l’adresser une fois que celui-ci sera disponible.

La participation à la Pacific Business Forum Genius est gratuite. Vous pouvez vous inscrire sur le site web https://pacificbusinessforum.com/fr/

Deux hôtels partenaires du PBF Genius auront le plaisir de vous offrir leur service, un tarif spécialement négocié sera appliqué sur les réservations effectuées par les participants du Forum.   Certains accords spécifiques ont été négociés avec les partenaires de l’hôtel, le Ramada Hotel Genius PBF et Château Royal situé à Nouméa. Un code spécifique vous sera envoyé une fois que vous serez inscrit, afin de pouvoir bénéficier d’un tarif spécifique en tant que participant de la PBF Genius.

Toute l’équiped de PBF se tient à votre disposition pour tout complément d’information et pour vous assister dans la préparation de votre participation.

Pacific Business Forum E-mail : [email protected] Website : www.pacificbusinessforum.com Follow us on our social networks Facebook : www.facebook.com/PBFgenius2017 LinkedIn : PacificBusinessForum

Small businesses – high impact

A series of short practical articles on running successful and profitable small to medium size businesses. Today we focus on the roots of the tree – planning, systems and processes.   Imagine your business as a tree   The roots of the tree are its system for keeping it healthy and growing well.  If the roots are weak or ill formed then the tree will not flourish. The roots are the tree’s guidance system – it’s map for prosperous growth. That is the same for our business. Many business owners see business planning as tedious, boring, bureaucratic, nothing to do with real work.  Yet we all plan – going shopping, going on a journey, getting married, planning a family event and buying a new car. Builders, plumbers and electricians work to plans – sometimes drawn up by themselves, sometimes by others. Plans keep us on track, they help us estimate costs, and they are the map of the process that we are engaged in. They help us measure progress.

A good business plan is just that – a map of your business which helps you get from where you are now to where you want to be.  It is not something we write for others. It is an essential business tool.  It should be clear, interesting, and relevant. We should review it regularly (at least monthly) and share it with others (staff, partners and even customers). A map is no good if it has too much detail or if it lacks relevant information or if we cannot read or understand it.  The same is true for your business plan – keep it simple and short!  It should be a living document that is in regular use. It is a central reference point for all the information relating to your business. It must be versatile and flexible.   A business plan can be the key to working smarter, not harder.  A good business plan will

  • Keep you looking to the future and motivate you to achieve the results you want
  • Help you step outside of our business, viewing opportunities objectively
  • Enable you to recognise the problems that may call for outside advice and assistance
  • Help you recognise change in markets and consumer needs
  • Plan your business growth and help you manage your financial capacity
  • Be a useful marketing tool for anyone who wants to join or support your business

Here are a few tips to creating a map for your business:

  • it yourself
  • your staff/ partners
  • Start with your vision – why are you in business – what are your main goals – what drives you?
  • Clarify your mission – what the business does, where it does it and who does it do it for.
  • You will set yourselves goals that are all designed to help you move forward and make progress. You are likely to have short term goals (up to a year), medium term and longer term goals (5yrs+)
  • the current state of your business – do this by getting feedback from staff, suppliers, customers; review your financial information; do a SWOT and PEST analysis frequently; keep an eye on your competitors.

– strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats.  This is a simple tool to assess your business from the inside and is a great way to involve your people – ask their views.

– political, economic/ environmental, social, technology.  This tool helps us assess the external business environment that we operate in.

  • Development/ action plan – this is a series of prioritised steps that is designed to help you move from where you are to where you want to get to.  This will include actions to do with marketing, sales, operations, services, and people.
  •   A simple financial plan to support your development plan – a budget and cash flow.
  • An executive summary – a one page plan that you can easily review every day and give to others if necessary.

Many business people don’t plan because they are not sure of what to do, they lack confidence or they can’t see the point.  If you feel like that then ask for help – contact your local Chamber of Commerce for their assistance. Having a good plan that is well used can make the difference between a business being the best it can be or remaining unfulfilled and mediocre.  The difference between a strong, healthy, long-lived tree and a weak, sickly one that easily succumbs to pressure!

Coming next – small businesses – high impact part ten – seeds – ideas and new life for the business.

Chris Elphick is Director of Vanuatu-based Learn.fast Pacific, supporting the development of a range of businesses and organisations in Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon’s Islands and other Pacific countries.  He is an experienced business mentor and has years of experience of working with Small & Medium Enterprises.  Learnfast Pacific works in close association with business support organisations including Chambers of Commerce and Industry throughout the Pacific. If you have a business issue for Chris to comment on or you want copies of other articles please contact him at [email protected]

 

New Caledonia Economic Mission in Port Vila 12-14 July at Convention Center from 1-5pm and Other News for this Month.

New Caledonia Economic Mission in Port Vila 12-14 July 2017

 

The Economic Mission of New Caledonia Trade and Invest (NCTI) will take place in Port Vila, Vanuatu in July 2017. The New Caledonia Economic Delegation will be in Vanuatu from 12 to 14 July 2017. Led by the New Caledonia Trade and Invest, the New Caledonia Delegation includes the New Caledonia Trade and Invest, New Caledonia Industries Federation (FINC), New Caledonia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Caledonia businesses and New Caledonia Government representatives.

The program of the Economic Mission will start with field visits and economic meetings on 12 July 2017. On Thursday 13 July 2017, there will be a conference and presentation on the business opportunities in Vanuatu and New Caledonia at the Convention Centre in the morning followed by a workshop and brief meetings between Vanuatu and New Caledonia businesses in the afternoon. The Vanuatu Investment Promotion, VCCI, Vanuatu businesses such as ANZ, AJC, Caillard Kaddour, MSG, other banks and VAN2017 organisation of mini games in the Pacific, will introduce the opportunities of the markets in Vanuatu to the New Caledonia entrepreneurs. Then the New Caledonia Trade and Invest, Federation of Industries of New Caledonia (FINC), and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New Caledonia will present the opportunities of the markets in New Caledonia to the Vanuatu entrepreneurs.

The workshop will allow New Caledonian entrepreneurs to better understand the opportunities of markets in Vanuatu and its access. A meeting space will be dedicated to the economic exchanges between the different entrepreneurs.

If you operate a business in any sectors, Infrastructure and Construction, Manufacturing, Information Communications and Technology, Tourism, Agriculture, including the productive sector and services sector, and you want to know more about the New Caledonian markets and would like to meet and talk with New Caledonia businessmen and business women, you are invited to attend the meeting with New Caledonia Entrepreneurs on Thursday 13 July 2017 from 1pm to 5pm at the Convention Centre.

To register your name and confirm your attendance to this meeting, please contact VCCI Reception by email at [email protected] and by phone on 27543, mobile 7123967.

 

Green Climate Fund Pacific Regional Structured Dialogue 18 to 21 July 2017

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) regional office is organizing a regional dialogue from 18 to 21 July 2017 at the Tanoa Hotel, in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Earlier this week, the Forum Secretariat was approached to identify businesses from the private sector to attend. The Dialogue agenda is designed in 2 parts – (1) at the political level with Pacific Leaders and/or Ministers and (2) at the practical level with Civil Society Organisations and private sector.

 

If you are a business engaged in whole or in part in renewable energy, climate change mitigation efforts or adaption efforts in any industry – this meeting will be useful to learn more about how GCF can finance private sector projects relating to climate change mitigation, resilience and adaptation at all levels. If you are a private sector collective, association or council, please pass this on to your members for their information and expression of interest to attend. The GCF uses flexible financial instruments including debt, equity and guarantees combined with concessional funding to promote private sector investment initiatives in clean energy, climate resilience etc, such as Early Warning Systems and Telecommunications, Insurance providers, Power Producers and/or utilities, hard infrastructure and more.

 

The goal of the meeting is to enhance the Pacific Islands’ engagement with the GCF to deliver upon Pacific Island Country low carbon – high resilience development goals.

 

The Programme will focus on:

 

  1. Increasing understanding of the GCF and the opportunities for the Pacific Island countries.

 

  1. Further developing the Pacific Island Roadmap for engagement with the GCF. How is the Pacific progressing as a region? Identification of common regional goals. Pacific coordination and the role of regional agencies.

 

  1. Progressing country programming – moving from a brief to a full GCF Country Programme (CP), providing clarity on the role of an Entity Work Plan (EWP) and how it relates to CPs and

providing information on the role of an National Designated Authority (NDA) in coordinating CPs and EWPs.

 

  1. Increasing the understanding of the roles of different stakeholders in the GCF process (NDAs, Accredited Entities, private sector, civil society, development partners and others).

 

  1. Enhancing private sector engagement in the Pacific.

 

  1. Increasing understanding of what happens after approval (ie addressing conditions, Accreditation Master Agreements, Funded Activity Agreements)

 

  1. Sharing best practices, including institutional strengthening, no-objection procedures.

 

The GCF has indicated their willingness to fund private sector participation for 2 nominees. If you are interested to attend this meeting and represent the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, please contact VCCI Reception now by email at [email protected] or by phone on 27543, mob 7123697 to sign up before Wednesday 13 July 2017.

 

Sydney International Jewellery Fair 2017

This is a reminder that the event of Sydney International Jewellery Fair 2017 will take place from 26 to 28 August 2017 in Sydney. The Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia has secured a stand to showcase jewellery from the Pacific Island. The event is scheduled from Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August 2017 at the International Convention Centre, in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia.

PTI Australia will meet the trade show exhibition stand costs. Successful applicants will be required to pay for return airfares to Australia, accommodation, meals and other incidental costs while in Australia for the exhibition costs and logistics for sample transportation. They will provide feedback on the exhibition. PTI Australia will provide the applicants with a letter of support if required.

Applications to be part of the PTI Australia stand and exhibit at the Sydney International Jewellery Fair 2017, Australia’s number one jewellery event, will close on Friday, 14 July 2017.

For more information to register your participation, you can check the following link on the PT& I Australia website, https://pacifictradeinvest.com/export/sydney-international-jewellery-fair-2017.

 

Business Capability Building Workshop Port Vila – Friday 21 July 2017

This is a reminder that Pacific Trade and Invest (New Zealand) in conjunction the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) will be conducting a free one day workshop to assist business owners to be successful in Vanuatu and in the future to be able to enter the export market.

 

Running a business requires many skills and much knowledge and this workshop is aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of business owners so that they can be successful in Vanuatu and beyond.

 

This workshop is the first step in a 6 step Pacific Path to Market programme that can provide selected company’s the opportunity to participate in a Trade Mission to New Zealand in March 2018 to look at export opportunities for themselves.

 

The workshop covers the things that make companies successful and provides a snapshot of the New Zealand market. The topics are as follows:

 

  • The attributes of a successful company.
  • The attributes of a successful product.
  • What you should understand about your customers.
  • The power of your packaging and how to use it to your advantage.
  • The NZ market.
  • Managing your supply chain.
  • How to set prices and improve profitability.
  • Tips on selling your products.

If you are wanting to make your business successful in Vanuatu and one day enter the export market, then you should consider attending this workshop.

 

What:                         Business Capability Building Workshop

When:                      Friday 21st July 2017 from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Where:                     Melanesian Hotel

How:                         Register your interest and name with VCCI by phone 27543 or by email at [email protected]

 

Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee

 

Vanuatu business leaders, civil society, UN and Government partners came together on Thursday 6 July, to officially launch the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC), a significant step towards meaningfully engaging the private sector in the Government’s climate change and disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities.

The formation of the VBRC reflects the reality that the consequences of climate change and disasters are experienced by all sectors of Vanuatu society, private and public, and that all sectors have a role to play in responding to climate change and engaging in disaster risk management. It is envisioned that this new body will serve as forum for dialogue and enabling key actors involved in climate change and disaster risk management activities to act collectively. 

Tropical Cyclone Pam demonstrated the integral role the private sector plays in both the immediate response and recovery of communities across the country from climate-related disasters. As the impacts of climate change and natural disasters are expected to continue increasing in severity, it is critical for the private sector to make risk informed decisions and investments that limit their own losses from disasters, improve business continuity and mitigate future risks. 

The event was attended by Vanuatu business leaders from a range of industries, including telecommunications, banking, transport, logistics, manufacturing, agriculture, and other sectors. The inclusion of companies of varying sizes, from large multinational companies to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), will help the VBRC be representative of Vanuatu’s diverse private sector landscape. Featured speakers included a representative from the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council, Mr Leonard Chan of BSP Fiji, a similar initiative launched last year following Tropical Cyclone Winston in conjunction with international development partners at the World Humanitarian Summit. 

The newly established committee is supported through the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), DFAT/GIZ Climate Finance Readiness for the Pacific Programme, DFAT Connecting Business Initiative, UNDP Pacific Risk Resilience Programme and DFAT Local Supplier Engagement Project. 

If your business is interested in learning more about how they can become involved in the new VBRC initiative to be ready before the next cyclone season in November 2017, you can contact VCCI by email at [email protected] or by phone on 27543, mobile 7123697.

Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee 6 July 2017, New Caledonia Economic Mission in Port Vila, Sydney International Jewelry Fair and Other News

VANUATU BUSINESS RESILIENCE COMMITTEE 6 July 2017

This is a reminder that the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is pleased to announce the formation of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC). The VBRC will serve as a coordinating mechanism for the government to effectively engage with the private sector to build resilience to disasters and climate change. With support from the DFAT Connecting Business Initiative, UNDP Pacific Risk Resilience Program, DFAT Local Supplier Engagement Project, and DFAT/GIZ Climate Finance Readiness for the Pacific Project, the VBRC will help strengthen the private sector through:

  • Establishing a clear entry point for the private sector to participate and engage within the climate change and disaster risk reduction sectors
  • Providing a regular forum for dialogue and collaboration between the public and private sector, especially in regards to climate change issues, disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery
  • Raising awareness among the private sector about climate change and disaster risk management
  • Strengthening resilience of businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises through capacity building programs to help withstand and recover from shocks, including business continuity planning
  • Formalizing involvement within official national disaster management and climate change planning, policies and processes, helping strengthen the linkage and coordination between the public and private sector
  • Identification of private sector capabilities, interests and needs as it relates to climate change and disaster risk management, especially in accessing climate finance
  • Sharing of best practices and successful case studies, helping inform future Public Private Partnership initiatives
  • Assisting businesses in securing business continuity preparedness training and resources through appropriate climate finance resources, including through international organizations.

Vanuatu private sector businesses, including but not limited to the key sectors of banking, insurance, infrastructure and construction, tourism, food and agriculture, telecommunications, logistics, and transport are invited to attend the official launch of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee on Thursday, 6 July 2017 from 5pm to 7pm, at Holiday Inn Resort.

We look forward to facilitating an interactive discussion with various private sector businesses to discuss how the new VBRC may assist with resilience building activities, ideas for entry points for engagement in humanitarian responses, and the challenges currently being faced. Please contact VCCI Reception by phone on 27543, mobile 7123967 or by email [email protected] for more information.

 

New Caledonia Economic Mission in Port Vila 12-14 July 2017

The Economic Mission of New Caledonia Trade and Invest (NCTI) will take place in Port Vila, Vanuatu in July 2017. The New Caledonia Economic Delegation will be in Vanuatu from 12 to 14 July 2017.

It is led by the New Caledonia Trade and Invest and it includes the Federation of Industries of New Caledonia (FINC), Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New Caledonia, New Caledonia businesses and New Caledonia Government representatives. The program of the Economic Mission will start with field visits and economic meetings on 12 July 2017. On Thursday 13 July 2017, there will be a conference and presentation on the business opportunities in Vanuatu and New Caledonia at the Convention Centre in the morning followed by a workshop and brief meetings between Vanuatu and New Caledonia businesses in the afternoon.

The Vanuatu Investment Promotion, VCCI, Vanuatu businesses such as ANZ, AJC, Caillard Kaddour, and VAN2017 organisation of mini games in the Pacific, will introduce the opportunities of the markets in Vanuatu to the New Caledonia entrepreneurs. Then the New Caledonia Trade and Invest, Federation of Industries of New Caledonia (FINC), and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New Caledonia will present the opportunities of the markets in New Caledonia to the Vanuatu entrepreneurs. The workshop will allow New Caledonian entrepreneurs to better understand the opportunities of markets in Vanuatu and its access.

A meeting space will be dedicated to the economic exchanges between the different entrepreneurs. If you operate a business in any sectors, Infrastructure and Construction, Manufacturing, Information Communications and Technology, Tourism, Agriculture, including the productive sector and services sector, and you want to know more about the New Caledonian markets and would like to meet and talk with New Caledonia businessmen and business women, you are invited to attend the meeting with New Caledonia Entrepreneurs on Thursday 13 July 2017 from 1pm to 5pm at the Convention Centre.

To register your name and confirm your attendance to this meeting, please contact VCCI Reception by phone on 27543, mobile 7123967 and by email at [email protected]

 

Sydney International Jewellery Fair 2017

The event of Sydney International Jewellery Fair 2017 will take place from 26 to 28 August 2017 in Sydney. The Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia has secured a stand to showcase jewellery from the Pacific Island. The event is scheduled from Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August 2017 at the International Convention Centre, in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. PTI Australia will meet the trade show exhibition stand costs.

Successful applicants will be required to pay for return airfares to Australia, accommodation, meals and other incidental costs while in Australia for the exhibition costs and logistics for sample transportation. They will provide feedback on the exhibition. PTI Australia will provide the applicants with a letter of support if required.

Applications to be part of the PTI Australia stand and exhibit at the Sydney International Jewellery Fair 2017, Australia’s number one jewellery event, will close on Friday, 14 July 2017.

For more information to register your participation, you can check the following link on the PT& I Australia website, https://pacifictradeinvest.com/export/sydney-international-jewellery-fair-2017

 

Business Capability Building Workshop Port Vila Friday 21 July 2017

Pacific Trade and Invest (New Zealand) in conjunction the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), will be conducting a free one day workshop to assist business owners to be successful in Vanuatu and in the future to be able to enter the export market.   Running a business requires many skills and much knowledge and this workshop is aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of business owners so that they can be successful in Vanuatu and beyond.

This workshop is the first step in a 6 step Pacific Path to Market programme that can provide selected company’s the opportunity to participate in a Trade Mission to New Zealand in March 2018 to look at export opportunities for themselves.   The workshop covers the things that make companies successful and provides a snapshot of the New Zealand market. The topics are as follows:

  • The attributes of a successful company.
  • The attributes of a successful product.
  • What you should understand about your customers.
  • The power of your packaging and how to use it to your advantage.
  • The NZ market.
  • Managing your supply chain.
  • How to set prices and improve profitability.
  • Tips on selling your products.

If you are wanting to make your business successful in Vanuatu and one day enter the export market, then you should consider attending this workshop.

What:    Business Capability Building Workshop

When:   Friday 21st July 2017 from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Where:  Melanesian Hotel

How:    Register your interest and name with VCCI by phone 27543, mobile 7123967 or by email at [email protected]

Business Networking, Silicon Valley Meeting, Export Promotion Strategy / Marketing Strategy Training & Other News

BUSINESS NETWORKING WITH NOMAD CAPITALIST 27 JUNE 2017

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) wish to advise that AJC (Assistance Juridique et Comptabilité) together with Pacific Private Bank, are inviting you to drinks and the networking session at the Banyan Bar on Tuesday 27 June 2017 at 4:30pm.

In addition to half price drinks, they will also be joined by Mr Andrew Henderson, owner of Nomad Capitalist advisory firm of United States, who will share his experience and insights on the best countries for expat living.   Mr Andrew Henderson started out as an entrepreneur from United States, and is now an Independent Tax, Residency & Banking Consultant. He travels to 15-20 countries per year and writes reviews on Taxation, Company Incorporation, Second Passport Schemes, Banking and General Wellbeing. He advises individuals on best countries to live in. Webpage reach of 2m per year, 15k vlog subscribers on YouTube http://nomadcapitalist.com/

You will have an opportunity to promote Vanuatu, hear more about global trends and network with fellow Nomads in Port Vila.   Looking forward to seeing you there!   For other inquiries, please do contact Martin St-Hilaire, Managing Partner, AJC on M +678 77 44 500 T +678 24 404 and email: [email protected]

 

Special Request for Attendance by Silicon Valley’s “Unofficial Emissary” Paul Bragiel

Paul Bragiel, known as the “Unofficial Emissary of Silicon Valley”, is on an extensive global goodwill tour in an effort to harmonize expanding networks of technical and financial thought leadership.  Concurrently, Team Paul is searching for untapped exponential opportunities that may otherwise be overlooked in remote geographic locations.    Mr. Bragiel would greatly appreciate an audience with the VCCI as a means of stimulating new relationships and opportunities with some of the best cyber-connected islands in the Pacific.    Vanuatu’s committed investment into the Southern Cross Cable Network has been noticed by Silicon Valley. Mr. Bragiel believes there to be a high degree of underutilized – or not yet discovered – talent and capabilities within Vanuatu.  Paul is currently advising the governments of Colombia, Singapore, Estonia and Tanzania on matters of technology, finance and entrepreneurship policy and hopes to extend such advisement to the various applicable components within Vanuatu’s eco-system.

When / Where –   UPDATE: Mr. Paul Bragiel is currently scheduled to be in Vanuatu from 28 to 30 June 2017.   

What – Mr. Bragiel would enjoy the opportunity to meet with Vanuatu’s business industry captains, start-up figures, prominent families and CEO/Owners of banks, insurance and financial institutions. He has offered to host (where appropriate to offer) senior members of the VCCI in order to foster a meaningful gathering of Vanuatu’s “Who’s Who” and decision makers.

Who / Bio for Paul Bragiel – Paul Bragiel is an internet entrepreneur and currently a managing partner of Bragiel Brothers. Bragiel graduated from University of Illinois in 1999. Shortly after graduating he founded his first company, Paragon 5, with offices in Chicago and Poland. In 2004 he founded the first location-based social network Meetro. In 2008 he founded Lefora which was sold to Crowdgather in the summer of 2010.  In 2010 he launched i/o Ventures, a seed fund and accelerator based in San Francisco. Mentors include founders of companies such as YouTube, LinkedIn, Zynga, Bittorrent, Paypal, Myspace, WordPress, Yelp & Trulia. In 2012 he launched three more technology-focused seed funds. Savannah Fund (Sub-Saharan Africa) and Golden Gate Ventures (Southeast Asia) were created to foster entrepreneurship in those regions. GameFounders (Eastern Europe) invests in companies building gaming-related products. In 2015 he launched Presence Capital, a $10m venture fund investing in early-stage virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) companies.  Collectively he’s invested or advised 100+ companies, which have raised $1.5b+ in follow-on financing. Companies include Uber, Zappos and Unity. Often he travels around the world to give lectures on startups and serves as an advisor to governments on their technology and entrepreneurship policy including the nations of Colombia, Singapore, Estonia and Tanzania.

Additional Recourses –   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/12/southeast-asian-firms-can-become-champions-in-this-field.html  https://techcrunch.com/2016/05/20/paul-bragiel-is-back-with-a-new-venture-firm/  https://techcrunch.com/2010/10/13/inside-io-ventures-tour-the-central-perk-for-code-tctv/  http://www.teampaul.com/  https://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2012/06/06/good-news-for-african-tech-siliconvalley-veterans-launch-10-million-seed-fund/#457296d3669e  https://pando.com/2012/12/18/golden-gate-ventures-looks-for-next-china-in-southeast-asia/

For more information on 2017 Goodwill Tour of Paul Bragiel, please feel free to connect with Sean McKay Holt, MBA, Team Paul, Expedionary Organizing Team, via email [email protected], or LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/seanmholt

 

Developed Market Oriented Export Promotion Strategy / Marketing Strategy

Under the Knowledge and Co-Creation Program of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) of the Japanese Government, a training in Developed Market Oriented Export Promotion Strategy or Marketing Strategy funded by JICA is proposed to a business man or business woman of Vanuatu. The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is looking for a business man or business women to be the nominee of VCCI to attend this training in Chubu, Japan, from 13 September to 19 October 2017.
Today, export promotion is expected to play a major role in economic development of many developing countries. However, most of the exports from developing countries are raw materials rather than processed products. For further contribution to the local industries, it is important to export value-added products. Insufficient quality of products, ineffective marketing and promotion prevents developing countries to export value-added products to developed countries.  The goal of this program is to acquire a new approach of export promotion for developing countries to developed countries’ market. The essence of this approach is to convert our concept from “Product-out” to “Market-in”. In other words, it is to develop value-added products according to the potential markets’ needs. For achieving this goal, effective skills of market research, product development, branding, promotion and communication with potential customers are essential. This program will be focused on learning “Market-in” export promotion concept and practical skills.
Course Objective:  Participants acquire market-oriented approach of export promotion of local products to developed countries, based on effective marketing skills and the partnership between public and private non-profit organization.
Overall Goal Projects to export the products of participants’ countries to the developed market are planned and implemented in the participants’ country.   For what? This program provides participants with opportunity to acquire skills on market-oriented export promotion of locally made unique products.  Participants will learn practical knowledge of marketing and export promotion, including understanding of customers in developed countries, effective product development, branding, effective design and usage of promotional tools.   For whom? This program is offered to those who provide direct service/support to companies/associations on export to developed markets, such as business men, business women, managers/staffs of private non-profit institutions or business associations or industry working groups.
Applicants must have experience on providing business supporting service for export, especially, marketing of export products, for instance, providing hands-on or direct operational support for firms to export their unique products with local characteristics/resources.  The way of services can be to provide useful overseas market information, networking with traders, supporting product development for overseas markets, participating and organizing international trade fairs, etc.  How? Participants will have opportunities to acquire practical approaches and methods of marketing and promotion for promoting export of their products to the developed market.
Participants are expected to learn the essence of successful promotion, branding and promotion by case studies, lectures and workshops.  This program focused on learning practical skill and knowledge, thus it requires participants’ active participation for the program, including discussions and workshops during the program as well as assignments before coming to Japan.
Review comments from the previous participants of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam, include “There are many useful things I learn during the duration of the course here in Japan. However, one that is most appealing to me is the development of Branding and development of local products. In my country, we have many unique products, and I believe if reached an export stand they will be very competitive in the market, both overseas and domestically.”(Vanuatu, 2016)

If your business offers a value-added product and you would like to be a potential candidate for this training in Export Promotion Strategy or Marketing Strategy, you can contact VCCI Reception by phone on 27543 or by email at [email protected] to submit your name before Thursday 29 June 2017.

 

VANUATU BUSINESS RESILIENCE COMMITTEE

The VCCI is pleased to announce the formation of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC). The VBRC will serve as a coordinating mechanism for the government to effectively engage with the private sector to build resilience to disasters and climate change. With support from the DFAT Connecting Business Initiative, UNDP Pacific Risk Resilience Program, DFAT Local Supplier Engagement Project, and DFAT/GIZ Climate Finance Readiness for the Pacific Project, the VBRC will help strengthen the private sector through:

  • Establishing a clear entry point for the private sector to participate and engage within the climate change and disaster risk reduction sectors
  • Providing a regular forum for dialogue and collaboration between the public and private sector, especially in regards to climate change issues, disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery
  • Raising awareness among the private sector about climate change and disaster risk management
  • Strengthening resilience of businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises through capacity building programs to help withstand and recover from shocks, including business continuity planning
  • Formalizing involvement within official national disaster management and climate change planning, policies and processes, helping strengthen the linkage and coordination between the public and private sector
  • Identification of private sector capabilities, interests and needs as it relates to climate change and disaster risk management, especially in accessing climate finance
  • Sharing of best practices and successful case studies, helping inform future Public Private Partnership initiatives
  • Assisting businesses in securing business continuity preparedness training and resources through appropriate climate finance resources, including through international organizations.

Vanuatu private sector businesses, including but not limited to the key sectors of banking, insurance, infrastructure and construction, tourism, food and agriculture, telecommunications, logistics, and transport are invited to attend the official launch of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee on Thursday, 6 July 2017 from 5pm to 6pm, at Holiday Inn Resort.

We look forward to facilitating an interactive discussion with various private sector businesses to discuss how the new VBRC may assist with resilience building activities, ideas for entry points for engagement in humanitarian responses, and the challenges currently being faced. Please contact VCCI Reception by phone on 27543 or by email [email protected] for more information.

Export Capability Building Workshop 21 July 2017

Pacific Trade and Invest (New Zealand) in conjunction the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), will be conducting a free one day workshop to assist business owners In Vanuatu who are thinking of entering the export market particularly to New Zealand.   The workshop is aimed at businesses that are currently selling products in Vanuatu and that see the export market as a growth opportunity. The objective is to increase business owner’s knowledge and build their capability to be successful in the export market.

This workshop is the first step in a 6 step Pacific Path to Market programme that culminates in several participating companies participating in a Trade Mission to NZ in March 2018 to showcase their products, to see the NZ market themselves and to meet potential buyers.   What:     Export capability building workshop

When:    Friday 21 July 2017 from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Where:   Melanesian Hotel, Port Vila

How:      Register your name with VCCI by phone 27543 or email [email protected]

 

ETC Workshop 14 June, NSA PACER Plus & Other VCCI Brief News

Regional Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications Workshop 14 June 2017 in Port Vila

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will organise in Port Vila, Vanuatu its second annual Logistics and ETC (Emergency TeleCommunications) regional workshop for disasters purposes from 12 to 16 June 2017.

More than 90 people confirmed to attend from UN agencies, International NGO’s, National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and Governments bodies (Customs, etc..), militaries, Donors, Red Cross, Academics and Private sector agencies.

This workshop will focus on the regional Private Sector engagement initiatives on Wednesday 14 June 2017 from 8:30am to 13pm at Warwick Le Lagon Hotel.

Key private sector engagement initiatives will cover the Connecting Business Initiative (CBI), the Fiji Business Disaster Resilience Council (FBDRC), the creation of the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC) and the Local Supplier Engagement Programme initiated by the Australian Red Cross (ARC).

Vanuatu private sector businesses including transporters, suppliers and retailers, telecoms operators, Internet providers, logistics companies, etc are invited to participate and talk about their difficulties in engaging in humanitarian responses, the challenges faced, how they engaged anyway with either NDMO or other, or just by themselves, and what they would need to engage better.

If you are a business interested to attend this workshop on Wednesday the 14 June from 8:30am to 13pm at Warwick Le Lagon Hotel, please contact VCCI Reception by phone on 27543 or by email [email protected]

 

PACER PLUS WAY FORWARD BY NON STATE ACTORS

After the 7th NSA Dialogue Workshop in Port Vila on 31 May 2017 organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA), with the financial support of the Australian and New Zealand governments, the participants of the private sector and NGOs of the Forum Pacific Islands Countries noted that the way forward in progressing PACER Plus would consist of the following key actions:

  1. All parties commit to further engage in consultations at the national level to ensure that the provisions of the PACER Plus is well understood and its implications fully assessed for improved awareness as well as the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for the Agreement;
  2. Forum Members will be preparing necessary briefs on the PACER Plus text in preparation for the signature of the Agreement on 14 June 2017;
  3. Communication materials, including documents explaining PACER Plus in simple language needs to be prepared;
  4. FICs to review and prioritise the capacity building activities in the implementation arrangements of the PACER Plus;
  5. Support will be provided to those FICs that sign the Agreement for ratification processes and planning for implementation, through the Readiness Package;
  6. Support will be provided to the FIC Parties to implement the agreement upon entry into force, including the setting up of the Implementation Unit and Joint Committee. The Joint Committee is to comprise representatives of PACER Plus parties that will oversee the delivery of the implementation assistance;
  7. Broader trade and investment related support will be provided to the FICs by Australia, committing to target 20% of its Pacific ODA for Aid for Trade and New Zealand, committing to target 20% of its total ODA for Aid for Trade; and
  8. Additional Forum Members willing to be a party to the PACER Plus are invited to submit their Market Access Offers for consideration by all Parties.

Vanuatu has now announced that it will not sign the PACER Plus agreement on 14 June 2017 in Tonga, in order for the Vanuatu Government to have more time to assess the benefits and costs of PACER Plus to Vanuatu including among other areas the impact on the country’s infant industry.

 

Oils of Paradise Vanuatu Women’s Fair-Trade

Oils of Paradise Vanuatu Women’s Fair – Trade would like to invite any interested members individual to join them at the first ever hosting of Island Nigh at their new Cultural Village.

Where:  BUKURA Devils Point

When:   23rd June 2017, from 6:30pm – 10:30pm

For more information, please click here to view and download Island Night Brochure.

Confirmation of bookings please contact Ms. Rona Garae  by email: [email protected] or mobile: 7718234.

 

Export Capability Building Workshop 21 July 2017

Pacific Trade and Invest (New Zealand) in conjunction the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), will be conducting a free one day workshop to assist business owners In Vanuatu who are thinking of entering the export market particularly to New Zealand.

The workshop is aimed at businesses that are currently selling products in Vanuatu and that see the export market as a growth opportunity. The objective is to increase business owner’s knowledge and build their capability to be successful in the export market.

This workshop is the first step in a 6 step Pacific Path to Market programme that culminates in several participating companies participating in a Trade Mission to NZ in March 2018 to showcase their products, to see the NZ market themselves and to meet potential buyers.

What:         Export capability building workshop

When:       Friday 21 July 2017 from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Where:      Melanesian Hotel, Port Vila

How:         Register your name with VCCI by phone 27543 or email:  [email protected]

 

Small businesses – high impact

A series of short practical articles on running successful and profitable small to medium size businesses. Today we focus on the trunk of our tree – the business owners

Imagine your business as a tree

Small businesses are created, nurtured and sustained by owners – it may be a sole trader or a group of owners. They make decisions, determine the culture of the business and the direction it is taking.  Without a sturdy and solid trunk the tree will fail and be unable to grow.

Running a small business is both rewarding and challenging.  We get great pleasure from seeing our efforts result in positive businesses, providing goods and services that people want and offering employment and training to our staff. And, of course, productive businesses are likely to become profitable businesses.

However, running a small business is also challenging – the buck stops with the owner. It can be quite a lonely experience running a business. It can be a steep learning curve!  Most of us do not start up a business because of our knowledge of business but because of our interest in and passion for a specific topic or product or service.  Suddenly we realise that we have to learn about planning, financial management, people and recruitment, handling customers, quality, time keeping, marketing, new technology and so on – the list is long!

Also the rest of the tree relies on the strength of its trunk but who do we rely on? Where do owners get their support from? Who do we talk to when we sre feeling stressed or unclear?

Here are a few tips to help keep yourself strong and positive as your business grows:

Plan – planning is not an optional extra, it is essential if we are to reach our goals.  Planning does not have to be complicated or time consuming, unlike the possible consequences of lack of planning!  Keep it simple but do it!

Take time before you make major decisions, appreciably where they involve money and recruitment of people.  Mistakes can be costly later on.  Consider your options, seek advice and don’t jump to conclusions too quickly.

Share your plans with others – seek support from friends or family or other business colleagues – people whose opinions and experiences you value and trust.

Use a mentor and/or business coach – sometimes an objective comment on our plans and operations is what we need.  Friends and family will not always tell us what we need to hear or provide the tough love we need!

Make the time to attend networking events – these may be run by the Chamber of Commerce or particular sector/ professional groups.

Invest in your customers – they will sell your business for you if they believe you are interested in them.

Take time away from the business, for yourself and your family – we all need to recharge our on batteries.

Keep fit – physically and emotionally.  When we get busy we might stop exercise or even eating healthily.

Find time to keep learning – on line or attending training or reading – anything that gives us more knowledge to run a better business and at the same time it keeps our brain fit!

Be prepared – in the Pacific in particular we have to consider the consequences of extreme weather events – we can’t stop them but we can prepare.

Celebrate success – even small successes are worth celebrating and get into the habit of thanking those who help you.

Beware procrastination!  We live in an age where it is very easy to procrastinate – we can spend time on Facebook or other aspects of social media rather than focusing our attention on growing a strong tree.   Next time you walk past a tree, stop and look at the trunk – look at the character and the colours and the shapes.  Each tree is different.  Each business is different – you will shape the future success of your business.  Stand tall and be strong!

Coming next – small businesses – high impact part eight – compost – what we need to help the business grow. Chris Elphick is Director of Learn.fast Pacific, supporting the development of a range of businesses and organisations in Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon’s and other Pacific countries.  He is an experienced business mentor and has years of experience of working with Small & Medium Enterprises.  Learnfast Pacific works in close association with business support organisations including Chambers of Commerce and Industry throughout the Pacific.

If you have a business issue for Chris to comment on or you want copies of other articles please contact him at [email protected]

 

Discover Budget Vanuatu’s new bookings website and in-vehicle SOS Alarm feature

Budget Vanuatu has unveiled a fresh “new look”, easy to use bookings website that perfectly promotes discovering Vanuatu and experiencing island hospitality to Vanuatu’s growing international self-drive tourism market.

The dynamic new Budget Vanuatu website at www.rentalcarsvanuatu.com is mobile friendly, and features a streamlined, clean design aesthetic with easy to use navigation that makes selecting rental vehicles deceptively easy.

The Budget Vanuatu website introduces Budget’s new in-vehicle SOS Alarm feature, which ensures all drivers can easily trigger Budget’s 24-hour roadside assistance – even when drivers are out of mobile coverage.

“The SOS Alarm is unique to all Budget rental vehicles and means drivers are never alone when discovering Efate’s many amazing tourism highlights,” said Ms Emily Kell, Budget Vanuatu’s manager.

For international tourists, this important vehicle safety feature means they can have peace of mind exploring and can enjoy their “island time” in Vanuatu.

“No matter where they are on the island of Efate, if they get into trouble Budget Vanuatu can find them. We want our drivers to have relax and have a great time, and know they are in good hands with Budget Vanuatu.”

Supported by the Vanuatu Tourism Promotion Office and the Department of Tourism’s accreditation program, the website was developed by local businesses Savvy Vanuatu and Lionfish Design Studios.

Promoting safe driving and responsible tourism are integral to the Budget international brand, and were important communication considerations in the new website’s development.

Additionally, showcasing Vanuatu, promoting local discounts and Qantas Frequent Flyer incentives, competitive long-term rental contracts, and easy to understand rental terms and conditions were part of the website design brief.  The site uses best practice digital expertise that effectively harnesses the latest cybercrime safe technology.

The new Budget Vanuatu website will be complimented by a social media campaign designed to drive international web traffic to the new website and Budget Vanuatu’s Facebook page.

“To celebrate our new website, Budget Vanuatu is running an online promotion with a 15% discount when you book using our brand-new website,” said Ms Kell.

Budget Vanuatu is proudly a local owned Vanuatu company and operates as an authorised Budget franchise via Budget Australia.

“When you hire a Budget Vanuatu rental vehicle, you can be certain you are receiving our best service, competitive pricing and a quality late model vehicle with low kilometres as per Budget’s global standards,” said Ms Kell.

Budget’s vehicles are sourced and serviced exclusively by Carpenter Motors Vanuatu to meet Vanuatu’s local conditions. Budget Vanuatu is an integral part of the Carpenter Motors Vanuatu (CMV) company, the country’s leading automotive vehicle dealer.

Connect with us: W: www.rentalcarsvanuatu.com, FB: www.facebook.com/BudgetVanuatu For more information: Lisa Macalister Savvy Vanuatu – : +678 550 5500, E: [email protected]  Or Emily Kell, Budget Vanuatu – P: +678 559 6741. E: [email protected]