VCCI Brief News 15 May



VCCI advise local businesses that the Meeting on PACER-Plus Trade Agreement, MSG TA3, China Trade Agreement with Pacific Island countries including Vanuatu, and Vanuatu New Caledonia Trade Agreement will be held on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 3pm at VCCI.

For more information on the meeting, please contact VCCI at 27543 or by email at [email protected]




Privacy workshop will discuss online privacy-related issues at the local and national level, bringing together key stakeholders for a solution-driven discussion on the following issues:  increase end-user awareness and making privacy tools available to citizens, especially to digital natives in Vanuatu and the Pacific, develop appropriate frameworks for online privacy in small island economies, and provide guidance on privacy issues around emerging technologies.


The initiative is motivated by recent developments in Asia-Pacific as online privacy is a growing concern. According to the 2016 annual survey of the Internet Society on policy issues in the Asia-Pacific, cybersecurity and privacy replace e-commerce and cloud computing in the top five most monitored policy areas. The survey also reveals that 59% of the respondents believe that their privacy is not sufficiently protected when they use the Internet, and 52% believe that Internet security-related policies do not align with their right to privacy.


In recent years, Small Island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific such as Vanuatu has witnessed an uptick in Internet use due to increased international connectivity, more government enacting universal access provisions and more providers for Internet services. More Internet users mean that more people need to be aware and educated of the importance of Online Privacy. For countries like Vanuatu, a major holdback to the country’s pursuance of its digital financial inclusion agenda is due to the issue of online privacy and personal data protection.


For its significance to businesses, it will enable them to share their perspective and concerns and ensure that these are taken into consideration as Vanuatu develops policies and guidelines on online privacy.

It will also help them understand better emerging privacy issues that may have implications on the way they conduct business, especially online. It will also provide them with tools, advice they can use to prevent privacy risks like online fraud, data breaches etc


Co-hosted by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Telecommunications and Radio-communications Regulator (TRR) of Vanuatu, the one-day workshop will be a combination of panel discussions and roundtable sessions.


Date: 16 May 2017

Time: 9.30am to 5pm

Venue: National Convention Center

The Privacy Workshop is opened to local businesses.



The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) advise that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 18 May at 5pm at VCCI Conference Room.

The Agenda will include a welcome by President, approval of Minutes of AGM held on 26 May 2016, matters arising from the Minutes, Annual Report Year 2016, Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31/12/2016, Auditors Report, election of Council Members, and major issues affecting Businesses: update on Income Tax. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

All Businesses who have a Business License, are automatically members of VCCI and are invited to attend.

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


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.

The topics covered during the workshop will be:

  • The attributes of a successful export company.
  • The attributes of a successful export product.
  • What you should understand about your customers.
  • The power of your packaging and how to use it to your advantage.
  • The NZ market – size, segments and consumers.
  • Market access regulations and your supply chain.
  • Setting prices for your products.
  • Tips on selling your products.
  • How to select a distributor and manage the relationship.
  • Identifying the capability gaps that need to be addressed.

What:                         Export capability building workshop

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

Where:                     Melanesian Hotel, Port Vila

How:                         Register you interest with VCCI – phone 27543 or email

[email protected]


 Bali Process Government & Business Forum 2017


If you, a local business man or business woman, are interested in attending the Bali Process Government and Business Forum 2017 to work with government Ministers from the 45 member countries of the Bali Process and UN member organisations to eradicate modern slavery, such as, human trafficking and forced labour, launched in Perth, Australia, from 24 to 25 August 2017, please advise VCCI Reception on 27543 or contact by email at [email protected]




The National Advisory Board on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (NAB) under the Ministry of Climate Change of Vanuatu, through its United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Taskforce, is expanding its UNFCCC Engagement program in the lead up to Conference of the Parties COP23 to be held from 6 to 17 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany.

This year Vanuatu is looking to build a national delegation towards COP23 that will harness the scope of expertise and experience available across all government sectors, national academia, and private sector and civil society partners. The Taskforce is specifically requesting private sector representatives with expertise in climate finance and mitigation. Funding is provided by funding donors in the Climate Change sector.

If you, a local business man or business woman, are interested in Climate Finance and Mitigation, have an expertise in these two areas, and are willing to be part of the Vanuatu Delegation to attend the 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP23) from 6 to 17 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany, please call now VCCI Reception on 27543 or contact by email at [email protected] to register your name and contact details.