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


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,


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]