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Labour Work Permits Consultation Meeting update and other News

Labour Work Permits Consultation Meeting update

As all businesses would be aware a consultation meeting on the Labour Work Permits Amendment Act No. 24 of 2018 was held on 4 February 2019 at 3.30pm at Ramada Resort Conference Room, between VCCI, its members and the Department of Labour.

Over 120 business representatives were in attendance, as well as the Labour Commissioner Mrs Muriel Metsan Meltenoven, the Deputy Commissioner Mr Herve Kasten and the Labour Department’s legal counsel Mr Clifton Rau.

This article in the Daily Post summarizes the meetings outcomes – http://dailypost.vu/news/no-changes-to-work-permits-act-for-months/article_c457b16e-94fe-5121-8de1-4dc127c96046.html

VCCI thanks all the business members for their involvement and will keep them updated as talks progress.

Important meetings happening February 2019
Small Business Development Bill Consultation Meeting postponed until further notice

As business owners we would like to make you aware of a proposed new
Small Business Development Bill, drafted by the Cooperatives Department, to establish a Small Business Development Department under the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

VCCI is currently in the process of arranging a Consultation Meeting between the Cooperatives Department, VCCI and business members. A date and venue is yet to be confirmed by the Cooperatives Department.

Please email VCCI Reception at [email protected] to receive a copy of the Small Business Development Bill via email.

PTI Australia Digital Trade Workshop for Businesses

All businesses are invited to attend the PTI AUSTRALIA DIGITAL TRADE WORKSHOP to be held on Friday 1 March 2019 at the Conference Room, Melanesian Hotel from 8.30am to 11.30am. Bookings are essential.

E-commerce refers to buying or selling products and services using the internet. It opens exciting opportunities for businesses in Vanuatu to connect with international markets and is becoming an important way for businesses in the Pacific Islands to trade with the rest of world.

The PTI Australia Digital trade workshop will focus on the e-trade platform – Amazon Australia. The session will be taken by Peter Nobbs, Coach AMZ, an Amazon expert who specialises in helping businesses and entrepreneurs to launch on Amazon Australia.

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Any business can register for the workshop, participants have to fill in the registration form and send it back to Paula Bjelanovic, PTI Australia Events Manager E: [email protected]com as soon as possible for bookings and more information. For any questions, you can contact Jeremy Grennell G.M. Export – PTI Australia E: [email protected]

 

Invitation to Fish 2.0 Regional Innovators Forum in Brisbane

The first-ever Fish 2.0 Regional Innovators Forum for sustainable seafood will take place on April 2-3 in Brisbane.

The forum will feature three expert panels with facilitated discussions and debates around key issues and opportunities to grow the value and trade of seafood in the region, including innovative investment strategies, game-changing innovations from the region which are commercially ready, and regional trade of novel seafood products. In between these panel discussions, attendees will hear pitches from a range of seafood innovators from Australia and the Pacific Islands and have plenty of time to network and meet one another.

If you are a growing seafood business, then you may also apply to the special one-day workshop on April 2. You will learn how to effectively work with investors and partners to grow your business – and then have a chance to pitch your business at the Forum on April 3.

Travel costs and accommodation are not covered and are the responsibility of the participant. The workshop and forum are offered free of charge to accepted business participants, but you must apply to attend at www.fish20.org/brisbane

Powerful small businesses – big impact. Being the best we can be.

For the next few weeks Chris Elphick from Breadfruit Consulting will be providing articles for VCCI focusing on the money – making it, managing it, understanding it, profit and loss, budgets and cashflow, break even and financial systems.

We are all in business to make money.  Without money we cannot grow our business, employ more people, achieve our goals, support our families and so on.

All businesses must have a financial plan – a business without one is like a ship without a rudder.  While your business plan should clarify your vision and goals, your financial plan needs to help you make sound financial decisions.

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Meetings February 2019 & Other News

Important meetings happening February 2019

As business owners we encourage you to participate in dialogue with decision makers on matters that affect you directly. Please note two (2) important upcoming meetings facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce to assist you in raising your voices as active members of Vanuatu’s private sector.

Labour Work Permits Amendment Act No. 24 of 2018
As business owners, if you would like an opportunity to feedback on the Work Permits Amendment Act No. 24 of 2018, you are invited to attend the Consultation Meeting between the Department of Labour, VCCI and business members on Labour Work Permits Amendment Act on Monday 4 February 2019 at 3.30pm. At the Ramada Hotel Conference Room.
In the best interest of key stakeholders, VCCI has invited the Officers of the Department of Labour and a Ministry of Internal Affairs representative to come to explain to business members these changes and the rational of these amendments.
It is an important matter which will affect many businesses in 2019 and into the following years.
You will be able to raise your concerns on the impact of changes to the Act and how it will affect your business and the development and growth of the private sector as a whole.

Labour ( Work Permits) ( Amendment) Act No 24 Of 2018 (2)

Proposed Questions on Labour Work Permits Amendment Act No 24 2018

To confirm your attendance, you can email VCCI Reception at [email protected] or phone 27543 or 7123967.

Small Business Development Bill
As business owners we would like to make you aware of a proposed new Small Business Development Bill, drafted by the Cooperatives Department, to establish a Small Business Development Department under the Ministry of Trade, Commerce, Industry and Tourism.
VCCI is currently in the process of arranging a Consultation Meeting between the Cooperatives Department, VCCI and business members on Friday 15 February 2019 at 9am. A venue is yet to be confirmed by the Cooperatives Department.
In the best interests of key stakeholders, VCCI is inviting the Officers of Cooperatives Department to come to present and explain to business members this new Bill, and how it will affect small to medium business licence holders, and also the work of the VCCI current.
You will be able to raise your questions, concerns and issues on this matter and learn more about the Small Business Development Bill.

Please click to view and download small Business Development Bill

To confirm your attendance, you can email VCCI Reception at [email protected] or phone 27543 or 7123967.

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Vanuatu Salary Survey 2018/2019 for businesses

Strategic Pay along with the Airports Vanuatu Limited are pleased to announce the Vanuatu Salary Survey for 2018/19.

In its second edition, the objective of this survey is to provide comprehensive information on remuneration market trends in Vanuatu. This will assist participating organisations in making informed remuneration-related decisions. In addition, it provides a means of comparing individual remuneration rates to your market.

All participating organisations will receive a free copy of the 2018/19 Vanuatu Salary Survey Report in PDF format.

If you wish to participate to the survey and have any questions about the data sheet or need some assistance, please contact Mike Boneham, Technical Consultant, [email protected], P: +64 9 975 7628.

The deadline for submission is Monday 18 February 2019.

Privacy and Confidentiality, Strategic Pay understands the confidential nature of participants’ data and as is the case with all their remuneration reports, information submitted to them for analysis is kept strictly confidential. All data is collated and aggregated within a secure environment and results are not attributable to any individual role or organisation. This strict confidentiality extends to the party commissioning the report and they will not share any individual data submissions or details with anyone outside their organisation.

6th AUSTRALIA VANUATU BUSINESS FORUM 28 February 2019

A gentle reminder from the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) and VCCI on registrations for the 6th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum, organised by Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC), which will be held on the 28th of February 2019 at the Ramada Resort in Port Vila.

Get a great overview of opportunities in Vanuatu as well as updates on economy, infrastructure, investment, and the labour market. This forum is a must for any business operating in the region or looking to do so.

Registration fee is AU$250 for Delegate and AU$280 for Delegate + trade exhibitor.

To register please go to the following link: https://events.apibc.org.au/event/AVBF6/home.html
and to find out more information you can search the below link
https://apibc.org.au/news/6th-australia-vanuatu-business-forum-registration-open/

[email protected], website apibc.org.au

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Local businesses to NZ trade mission in 2019

Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand PTI (NZ) is looking for prospective businesses that may be interested in participating to the Pasifika trade mission to NZ to take place during the trade show of Pasifika Festival 2019 from 23rd to 24th March 2019.

The broad criteria for participation in the trade mission is

1. The company has attended a Path to Market workshop
2. They have products ready for sale – retail packs and not bulk commodities
3. They are able to travel to NZ for up to 7 days
4. They can provide enough product for sale at the event.
5. They have been recommended by VCCI in conjunction with PTI(NZ)

For more information, you can contact now Mr Ian Furlong, Trade Development Manager, PTI (NZ) in Auckland, by email [email protected], Phone +64 9 529 5165, Mobile +64 21 0294 7233, website http://www.pacifictradeinvest.com/

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Introducing your Council

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VCCI First Vice President David Russet

Over the coming months VCCI would like to introduce you to your Council members. This week we feature the First Vice President of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr David Russet.

Name, position and sector you represent on the council:
David Russet,
Director Bellevue Property Management,
First Vice President VCCI and representing Agriculture and Livestock Sector

Brief summary about yourself and your business:
I was born in Vanuatu from a farmer orientated family.
I am a cattle farmer and a plantation owner. We have a herd of about 10 000 heads.
Among our activities, we also have copra that we harvest and sell, approximately 400 tons per year. We also plant, harvest and sale cocoa and kava.

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PTI AUSTRALIA DIGITAL TRADE WORKSHOP FOR BUSINESSES 1 MARCH 2019

All businesses are invited to attend the PTI AUSTRALIA DIGITAL TRADE WORKSHOP to be held on Friday 1 March 2019 at the Conference Room, Melanesian Hotel from 8.30am to 11.30am. Bookings are essential.

General Info: E-commerce, refers to buying or selling products and services using the internet. It opens exciting opportunities for businesses in Vanuatu to connect with international markets and is becoming an important way for businesses in the Pacific Islands to trade with the rest of world.

Any business can register for the workshop, the participants have to fill in the Registration Form and send it back to Paula Bjelanovic, PTI Australia Events Manager E: [email protected] as soon as possible for bookings and more information. For any questions, you can contact Jeremy Grennell G.M. Export – PTI Australia E: [email protected]
You can also contact VCCI Reception by email [email protected] and phone 27543 or mobile 7123967 to get the registration form.

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Important meetings happening January – February 2019 & Other News

Important meetings happening January – February 2019

As business owners we encourage you to participate in dialogue with decision makers on matters that affect you directly. Please note four (4) important upcoming meetings facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce to assist you in raising your voices as active members of Vanuatu’s Private Sector.

1/ Economic & Trade Signing Agreement between Vanuatu and New Caledonia – Private Sector Opportunities

The honorable Prime Minister will lead a delegation to New Caledonia next month for the signing of an Economic & Trade Agreement between Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Along with the signing of the agreement there will be an opportunity for private sector businesses wishing to access this export market to be included on a Goods List, which will be used during “Business to Business” meetings with relevant stakeholders interested in export agreements.

VCCI has organized a Consultation Meeting between members and Eliu Luen, EIF Manager, Trade Development Division on Tuesday 29 January at 9am at the VCCI Conference Room to hear more about the opportunity of being included on the Goods List for Vanuatu business owners.

All VCCI members are welcome to attend this meeting. To confirm your attendance you can email VCCI Reception at [email protected] or phone 27543 or 7123967.

2/ Public Consultation on Proposed Political Reform Laws
VCCI is organising a Consultation Meeting on the Political Reform package and has invited the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ralph Regenvanu to come to present the proposed bills on political reform to VCCI and its members.

This meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 30 January 2019 at midday at the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

We are asking all the interested members to download and read the Bills before the meeting, to save unnecessary questions. taking up time.

The political reform package bills can be downloaded and read from this link French, English,Bislama

All VCCI members are welcome to attend this consultation meeting. To confirm your attendance you can email VCCI Reception at [email protected] or phone 27543 or 7123967.

3/ Work Permits Act Amendments
As business owners, if you would like an opportunity to feedback on the Work Permits Act Amendments which were gazetted last week, you are invited to attend the Consultation Meeting between the Department of Labour, VCCI and Business Members on Work Permits Act Amendments on Monday 4 February 2019 at 3.30pm at the Ramada Hotel Conference Room.

Labour ( Work Permits) ( Amendment) Act No 24 Of 2018  and Draft Agenda

4/ Small Business Development Bill
VCCI is currently in the process of arranging a Consultation Meeting between the Cooperatives Department, VCCI and business members on Friday 15 February 2019 at 9am. A venue is yet to be confirmed by the Cooperatives Department.

Small Business Development Bill

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Global Entrepreneur Summit

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the premier annual gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and innovative thinkers that underscores the United States’ commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation. The 2019 GES will be held in partnership with the Dutch government June 4-5, 2019 at the World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands.

Applications are done online: http://www.ges2019.org. After applying online, please notify U.S. Embassy Suva [email protected] Please send any questions to [email protected]

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Introducing your Council

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         VCCI President Mr. Shaun Gilchrist

Over the coming months VCCI would like to introduce you to your Council members. This week we feature the new President of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Shaun Gilchrist.

Name, position and sector you represent on the council:
Shaun Gilchrist
CEO Azure Pure Water Limited
President VCCI and representing the Manufacturing Sector

Brief summary about yourself and your business:
I arrived in Vanuatu in 2009. I have worked in various sectors here and abroad including construction, IT service provision, interactive gaming regulation and manufacturing. I now own and operate Azure Pure Water with my partner Yael Sakker. Azure has been in operation in Vanuatu for the past 24 years and was the first bottled water company in Vanuatu. Azure was the first bottled water company to secure export regionally and to the cruise lines for exclusive supply.

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Reminder 6th AUSTRALIA VANUATU BUSINESS FORUM 28 February 2019

This is a reminder that 6th AUSTRALIA VANUATU BUSINESS FORUM will be held on Thursday 28th February 2019 at Ramada Resort Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Join the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) at the forum for a great overview of opportunities in Vanuatu as well as updates on economy, infrastructure, investment, and the labour market. This forum is a must for any business operating in the region or looking to do so.

Register and book online today and secure your spot. https://events.apibc.org.au/event/AVBF6/home.html

You can contact Australia Pacific Business Islands Council (APIBC) Secretariat for more information, Lillian Chapman, Business & Events Manager, tel +61 (0) 7 3348 5142, fax +61 (0) 7 3348 5172, mobile +61 (0) 405 364 909, email [email protected], website apibc.org.au

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SECOND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – INNOVATION GRANT FACILITY: OPPORTUNITY FOR PACIFIC AGRO-SMEs TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS

The Innovation Grant Facility (IGF) provides funding to agro-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in seven Pacific Island States; Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu to access knowledge, technologies or expertise and build staff capacity to improve product quality, expand product offerings, enhance process efficiency, increase market share or competitiveness.
Maximum amount per grant award is €17,000 (approx. 2 million VUV).

Deadline – 31 January 2019
For more information and application forms, please visit:

SECOND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – INNOVATION GRANT FACILITY: OPPORTUNITY FOR PACIFIC AGRO-SMES TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS


For any queries you can contact Kristyn Lobendahn, Communication Officer Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) Compound, phone: + (679) 7736 304, mobile: + (679) 7659 488, email [email protected]

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Vanuatu Salary Survey 2018/2019 for businesses

Strategic Pay along with the Airports Vanuatu Limited are pleased to announce the Vanuatu Salary Survey for 2018/19.

In its second edition, the objective of this survey is to provide comprehensive information on remuneration market trends in Vanuatu. This will assist participating organisations in making informed remuneration-related decisions. In addition, it provides a means of comparing individual remuneration rates to your market.

All participating organisations will receive a free copy of the 2018/19 Vanuatu Salary Survey Report in PDF format.

The deadline for submission is Monday, 18th February 2019.

Please click to view and download Jobwise Manual for Vanuatu Survey 2018
and Copy of Vanuatu Survey Questionnaire 2018-19 v2

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Farewell Outgoing VCCI President Tom Bayer and other news

Farewell Outgoing VCCI President Tom Bayer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo: Outgoing VCCI President Tom Bayer receiving is gift from General Manager Astrid Boulekone

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry sincerely thanked and congratulated the outgoing VCCI President Thomas Bayer for his leadership, dedication and contribution to develop and maintain the VCCI in Vanuatu from 2014 to 2018, at its Council Meeting on Thursday 13th December 2018.

VCCI and VCCI Council took the opportunity to farewell outgoing VCCI President Thomas Bayer with a gift on this occasion as a token of appreciation. Thomas Bayer will stay in the VCCI Council as the Finance Councillor.

The new VCCI President is Shaun Gilchrist, who is the Manufacturing Councillor in the VCCI Council. VCCI welcomes the new VCCI President Shaun Gilchrist to lead the VCCI Council and the VCCI in the new strategic direction and restructuring in 2019.

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Small Business Quality Innovation Workshop

“Improvement of Quality Products to enhance Trade Development”

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) through its Business Development Service (BDS) Unit have just completed a very successful quality innovation workshop in Luganville, Santo.

The workshop was fully funded by Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) program. This workshop was a new initiative and was tailored and delivered specifically to the small businesses within Sanma Province.

Sectors represented in this workshop in small businesses were Tourism, Agriculture and Construction and Joinery. Topics discussed were in detailed on the detail on quality products and quality innovation and understanding the concept the higher and better the product is, the high chance it to compete in the in the business market.

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Reminder Call from Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand for Candidates for Trade Mission to New Zealand in 2019

This is a reminder that the Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand PTI (NZ) are into the planning stage for the Pasifika trade mission to NZ which will be scheduled in early 2019 during the trade show of Pasifika Festival 2019 from 23rd to 24th March 2019.

At this stage, PTI (NZ) is looking for prospective businesses that may be interested in participating to this event.

The broad criteria for participation in the trade mission is

1. The company has attended a Path to Market workshop
2. They have products ready for sale – retail packs and not bulk commodities
3. They are able to travel to NZ for up to 7 days
4. They can provide enough product for sale at the event.
5. They have been recommended by VCCI in conjunction with PTI(NZ)

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6th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Participants in business network during 5th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum of 28th February 2017 at Holiday Inn

The 6th AUSTRALIA VANUATU BUSINESS FORUM will be held on Thursday 28th February 2019 at Ramada Resort Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Join the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) at the forum for a great overview of opportunities in Vanuatu as well as updates on economy, infrastructure, investment, and the labour market. This forum is a must for any business operating in the region or looking to do so.

Register and book online today and secure your spot. https://events.apibc.org.au/event/AVBF6/home.html

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Pacific Trade Invest Australia Year 2018 in Review

Caleb Jarvis, Trade & Investment Commissioner, of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia reflects on 2018.

It has been another incredible year for PTI Australia. In 2018, we supported 981 Pacific businesses – including 278 women-led businesses – and facilitated over A$23.5 million in exports.

These results are driven through our commitment to delivering commercial outcomes for Pacific businesses and people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Azure Pure Water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Business round-table between the Vanuatu Government, led by Prime Minister of Vanuatu Hon. Charlot Salwai, and PTI Australia

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Stellar Year 2018 for Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Having facilitated seven trade deals of more than $12 million and seven investment deals worth more than $12 million, 2018 has been a stellar year for Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand Commissioner Michael Greenslade (pictured right).

“It’s a record result which is not only higher than ever, it shows the success of the Path to Market,” says Michael, speaking as host of the organisation’s Christmas gathering on December 7 at its Newmarket offices in Auckland.

“It has been building momentum over the years to the stage where we’ve managed to fully meet our KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for the fourth year in a row.”

Michael attributes a large part of the growth to being able capture and retain useful network data, which is far more effective than the paper-based system they relied on.

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Second Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand Business Intel Survey Quarter 4-2018

PTI_BIS2_Final_Quarter_2018

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand is pleased to announce the second Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand Business Intel Survey focusing on key economic themes of interest to Pacific businesses. This survey is for the final quarter of 2018. The first survey, published in October, was for the July-September quarter, 2018.

The quarterly survey gauges activity across the Pacific Islands Forum countries with feedback received from a range of business stakeholders around the region each quarter.

The aim of the survey is to help inform businesses and policy makers on economic trends by providing timely gauges of economic momentum and expectations for growth, employment and investment going forward.

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Vango Appeal 24 November 2018 to Businesses and VCCI and Other News

Vango Appeal 24 November 2018 to Businesses and VCCI

RE: VANGO URGENT CALL TO ITS PARTNERS ON HUMANITERIAN RESPOND TO SUPPORT THE NEED FOR FOOD FOR THE AMBAE EVACUEES IN PORT VILA.

Vango as an umbrella institution for all Civil Society Organisation’s working in Vanuatu is committed to effective humaniterian coordination is taking the lead with its partner’s in mobilising the Port Vila communities and institutions based in Port Vila to respond.

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Media Release PVIS Scholarships 9 November 2018

PVIS Kryssa Lapi, Simeon Revo, Principal Mrs.Sarah

New three-year PVIS Senior Secondary Scholarship Announced

Port Vila International School (PVIS) is pleased to announce the availability of a three-year full
scholarship for an exceptional Ni-Vanuatu student starting in January 2019.
The international school is encouraging prospective local senior secondary students to register now
to attend the PVIS Senior Secondary Scholarship Day on Friday 23 November to be considered for
this fantastic opportunity.

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Invitation to Australian Awards

Dear Business Owner or Employee,
Are you an Australia Award Alumni? Did you know there are monthly events held exclusively for Australia Awards Alumni? This opportunity allows you to connect with the alumni network, the network provides professional development opportunities and professional support.
Please register following the first link. below. To view past Alumni events, follow the second link.\

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Private Sector Dialogue Preparatory Meeting 2018 Outcomes

The 2018 Private Sector Dialogue Preparatory Meeting was convened on 6 and 7 August 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The objective of the meeting was to prepare the private sector for their forthcoming engagement with Forum Leaders in September 2018 in Nauru; as well as to explore private sector interventions on issues relating to Non Communicable Diseases, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Financing, and Regional Economic Integration through the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER-Plus).

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China International Import Expo, the first year of challenges and achievements for Business Link Pacific in Vanuatu and Other News

China International Import Expo

Vanuatu will be participating in the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) from 4-10 November 2018 in Shanghai. Vanuatu, among participating countries around the world, will take the opportunity to showcase its best and unique organic products to the world. There are seven Vanuatu businesses that will participate and these include Activ Association – Chocolate Aelan Makers, Vanuatu Bijouterie, Vanuatu Nature Ltd, Azure Pure Water, Fine Foods Ltd, Vanuatu Beverage Ltd and Caillard Kaddour.

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The first year of challenges and achievements for Business Link Pacific in Vanuatu

As we approach the end of the year, we look back and realise it has been a long and eventful year for Business Link Pacific (BLP) in Vanuatu. BLP is a joint New Zealand Aid Program and AECOM development initiative. The program supports the local market of business advisory services and empowers the small and medium enterprises to access the right services to unlock their growth potential.

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Applications open for Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2019

The sixth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Suva, Fiji will take place the first week of March 2019 through a partnership between Cultural Vistas and the U.S Department of State.

This comprehensive conference will provide emerging Pacific leaders, ages 25 – 35, with new skills and knowledge to advance the region’s economic vibrancy and civic engagement, thereby contributing to regional security and development. A diverse and highly selective group of 42 young men and women from across the independent Pacific states, Australia and New Zealand and the United States will be chosen to participate in the conference.

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Global Employers’ Climate Action Forum 2018

The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF), as the current President of the Marrakech Business Action for Climate Network (MBA4C), hosted the Global Employers’ Climate Action Forum (GECAF) on 25th July 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Suva, Fiji. The overarching theme for the day-long event was “Resilient Businesses and Communities” and offered an avenue for stakeholders to synergise towards a common green future. Proceedings included four plenary sessions and one workshop-style breakout session for all participants.

Click here to view and download Global Employers Climate Action Forum-Outcome-Document

 

Participants to Global Employers’ Climate Action Forum (GECAF)

Organisers and presenters of the Global Employers’ Climate Action Forum.

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Outcomes of Pacific Path to Market workshop 2018 in Vanuatu, Small Business Production Innovation Workshop and Other News

Outcomes of Pacific Path to Market workshop 2018 in Vanuatu

 

Photo 1: Path to Market PTI NZ Working Session

 

Photo 2:  Path to Market PTI NZ Working Session

 

The Pacific Trade and Invest (PTI) of New Zealand conducted the Pacific Path to Market workshop on 16 October 2018 at the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The workshop was being attended by 15 people which gave PTI (NZ) the opportunity to meet and talk to more business people in Vanuatu.

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Small Business Production Innovation Workshop – “Innovative Production to enhance Trade Development”

 

Production Innovation Workshop Santo Group Photo

 

Production Innovation Workshop Santo Working Session

 

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) through its Training and Business Development Services (BDS) Unit has just completed a very successful production innovation workshop in Luganville, Santo.

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Talanoa Dialogue Global Video Competition

The Fijian COP23 Presidency, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is calling on storytellers from around the world to participate in a global video competition. This is to collect climate change stories that highlight action being undertaken by individuals, organisations, governments and partnerships to reduce the emissions that are warming our planet and build greater resilience to the impacts of climate change.

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Rift between Papua New Guinea and Pacifical threatens the future of regional tuna MSC certification

The industry group representing tuna canning and processing companies in Papua New Guinea is seeking its own Marine Stewardship Council certification for the nation’s skipjack and yellowfin fisheries, threatening a split between Papua New Guinea and the other eight island-nations in the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, and Pacifical – which was founded to market the region’s tuna internationally

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ADB Port Vila Integrated Urban Improvements Project meet Businesses at VCCI Monday 15 October 2018, Understanding Risk Finance Pacific Forum 16 to 19 October and Other News.

ADB Port Vila Integrated Urban Improvements Project meet Businesses at VCCI Monday 15 October 2018

 

The Social and Safeguards specialists for the ABD Port Vila Integrated Urban Improvement project, Ms Penny Dutton will meet the VCCI, Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee (VBRC), and interested businesses next week on Monday 15 October, 10 AM – 11:30 AM at the VCCI premises.

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Understanding Risk Finance Pacific Forum 16 to 19 October 2018 in Port Vila

This is a reminder that you are invited to the upcoming Understanding Risk Finance Pacific forum which is co-hosted by the World Bank and Ministry of Finance and Economic Management of Vanuatu.

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Brief outcomes on Vanuatu Greenpreneurs Week to cultivate Local Green Businesses

 

Greenpreneurs learn about organizations providing services to small business at the opening reception and expo

Participants and mentors at the Jumpstart your Green Business Workshop

Budding entrepreneurs and experienced sustainable business owners gathered in Port Vila for Vanuatu Greenpreneurs week from 25 to 26 September 2018 at Warwick Le Lagon. Jointly organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE), the event was aimed at cultivating development of local businesses that help address environmental or social issues as a core part of their business model.

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Vanuatu Terminal Services (VTS) – Organizing Customer Services To Meet Customers Expectation Training

Organised Customers Services to meet VTS demand

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (VCCI) through its Business Development Services (BDS) Unit have just completed a competency based Customer Services Training to the Vanuatu Terminal Services (VTS) Officers.

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Private Sector Workshop 8 October 2018 followed by VIPA Consultation 11 October 2018 on National Investment Bill and Other News

Private Sector Workshop 8 October 2018 followed by VIPA Consultation 11 October 2018 on National Investment Bill

 

This is a reminder notice in regards to the VIPA Consultation meeting with the Private Sector on the National Investment Bill which was published last week.

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Reminder Business Capability Building Workshop of Pacific Path to Market
16 October 2018

 

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce wishes to remind and invite the interested businesses who are not yet registered and wishing to attend this workshop to register now, as we still have space.

Pacific Trade and Invest (New Zealand) in partnership with the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry 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.

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Powerful small businesses — big impact
Being the best we can be – this articles is looking at how we get the biggest impact from our small business – by Chris Elphick Partner in Breadfruit Consulting

This series of articles is looking at how we get the biggest impact from our small businesses.

No business is too small to plan. In many ways small businesses need more planning than larger ones because everything has to be done by very few people.

To start planning try to visualise a very large, wide river. The nearside of the river is where you are now. That is your starting point. The far bank of the river is your destination – that is where you are heading. Getting across the river from where your current position is to where you are heading is why you need the plan. Imagine setting off on a long journey without a map – you might get to your destination, but it might take longer and you might miss lots of interesting diversions along the way.

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Succeeding in tourism – A series of practical articles by Chris Elphick, Breadfruit Consulting, aimed at tourism SMEs and other news.

Succeeding in tourism – A series of practical articles by Chris Elphick, Breadfruit Consulting, aimed at tourism SMEs.
Article seven – Tourism, a great opportunity for small businesses.

 

Over the last few weeks I have been focussing on the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses working in the tourism industry.

This is the last article in this short series and I want to focus on the economic opportunities offered to small businesses by the tourism sector.

At the moment we have no reason to believe that people will stop travelling. All the evidence points to more and more people coming to the Pacific and particularly wanting to visit out-of-the way places and have more genuine cultural experiences. How long this will continue for no-one knows. The impact of climate change is more than likely to have a devastating effect on the communities that tourists want to visit.

 

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Powerful small businesses – Big impact – Being the best we can be

 

“If you think small things don’t make a difference, try going to bed with a mosquito” Anita Roddick, founder Body Shop International.

This series of articles is looking at how we get the biggest impact from our small businesses.

Whether we employ 2 people, 20 people, 200 people or even 2 thousand people we need to be concerned with the same issues. We need to plan and prioritise, we need goals, we need to make things or provide services that people want at a price they can afford, we need to work with others, Whatever our business size we all want the same things – we want to make a profit to fund the things that are important to us.

Firstly, we must start thinking big – be bold and courageous – visualise yourself running your business in five years’ time and what it could be like. Share ideas with friends; brainstorm together; imagine what the future could look like. Make sure you write everything down, draw pictures, be creative, dare to dream.

Don’t worry about what other people say – think positive and do your best to eliminate negative thoughts.

 

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