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Private Sector Business Forum to be held next month

The VCCI is currently organizing a Private Sector Business Forum with financial assistance from the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO ,  to  be held in the mornings of 2nd and 3rd July 2013 at the USP Conference Room.

The main objective of the forum is to discuss issues of importance to the business community and which affect their operations, and hence the economy of Vanuatu.

Issues include those related to Employment, Costs & Benefits of Trade Agreements and Infrastructure and related issues.

VCCI Members from all sectors to be invited, following feedback from previous business forums.

For more information, please contact VCCI Manager Alick Berry on alick.berry4@gmail.com (email) or 27543 (phone).

Date Session Participants Sector   Chairman Speakers   Subject

Tues

8.30 – 9.00     Official   Opening GM CCI President of   CCI  

2 July

      PM – Hon.   Moana Carcasses Kalosil Refreshments
         
  Session I     Cross   Cutting Issues        
  Private   Sector    
  9.30 -11.30 Members from ALL business ILO, TLAC,   VEO GM CCI VCCI &   Vanuatu Employers Organisation (VEO) Committee Representatives on Tripartite   Labour Advisory Council (TLAC)  
  sectors   Employers   Trade Promotion   Tea Break
      Minimum Wages    
      Sectoral   Wages    
         
                   
  Session II                

Wed

       

3 July

9.00 – 10.00     Employment   Relations Bill (ERB) Overview GM CCI VCCI &   Vanuatu Employers Organisation (VEO) Committee Representatives on Tripartite   Labour Advisory Council (TLAC)  

    Unemployment   Insurance Proposal   Tea Break

    Annual Leave,   Maternity Leave, Sick Leave    

       

10.00 – 10.30     Update on   Costs and Benefits under Trade GM CCI Vanuatu   Manufacturers & Exporters Association Representatives  
  Private   Sector Agreements    
  Members from ALL business    
  sectors     Tea Break
         
  10.30 – 11.30     Infrastructure/   Other issues GM CCI Simon Cramp   (Director Governance For Growth, AusAid)  
        VCCI   Representatives of Business Associations  
 

               

 

 

Encouraging Agripreneurs in Erromango to start using the commercial farming system

Lead farmers and agripreneurs in Erromango have recently completed a fully-funded training  to help them gain skills to increase their crop production, monitor their quality processes as well as improve their marketing skills and approaches.   The techniques taught will further assist the farmers and agripreneurs towards a more semi commercial to commercial based farming concept.

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Forestry Officer in Erromango and the Area Secretary for North Erromango organized and implemented an Agribusiness training program for selected leading farmers and agri-preneurs on June 3rd to 7th 2013 at Ipota, Erromango.

The total number of leading farmers and agri-preneurs that attended the 4 days training was 26.  The participants were mostly kava, sandalwood, root crop and small livestock leading farmers as well as retail shop owners and local bakery owners.

The main objective of the workshop was to show the farmers how to increase the production by using the commercial farming system and rotation system.  The other objective was to show the farmers how to practice proper harvesting, processing, drying, packaging and labeling.

Most of the activities are currently been done by the farmers however it was emphasized that the processes must be done more appropriately to achieve quality root crop products for the markets.

The establishment of the local market structure is to monitor the quality of the product for the goods of our Local & Export Market.

Mr. Alick Berry , the Manager of Emplyer Services at the VCCI  emphasized on an increase of production of  root crop variety and the farming management technique as well as the financial management.

Mr. Alick Berry’s next training program of 2013 is South Ambae in Penama Province.

The program has been running every year since 2003. This year it is funded by Pacific Fund or Fonds Pacific and this funding is operated by French Development Agency or Agence Française de Dévelopement (AFD).

For any questions or further information, please feel free to contact François Kavirere, VCCI Senior  Agribusiness Project Officer on 27543, ext 13.

 

Lead farmers in North West Efate and Epi learning the concepts of commercial farming

During the last month the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted Agri-Business training in Efate island (Malafau village) from 16th to 19th April and Epi island from 29th to 3rd of May in commercial farming practices. The VCCI organized and implemented the Agribusiness training program to selected lead farmers and agri -preneurs.

The main objective of the workshop was to show the farmers how to increase their production by using the commercial farming systems and rotation systems . Other objectives included showing the farmers how to practice proper harvesting , processing, drying, packaging and labelling.

In Malafau, 15 leading farmers and agri-preneurs (representing 2,200 farmers in North West Efate) attended the 4 day workshop. This was organised by the VCCI, the Shefa Provincial Council and the Chairman of Malafau Council, Mr Jimmy Ben.

Francois Kavirere, VCCI Senior Agribusiness Project Officer emphasized on an increase of production of root crops and farming management techniques as well as the financial management of a farm.

He added, “To solve the problem of quality in the market, the idea to set up a Quality Check Point in the local market structure was discussed. This Quality Check Point would help organise the community by monitoring the quality of product and buying their quality farm crops.”

In Epi ,36 leading farmers and agri-prenurs attended the 4 day workshop. The participants were mostly kava and root crop leading farmers as well as retail shop owners and local bakery owners. The workshop was organised by the VCCI, the Agriculture Officer in Epi and the Area Secretary for West Epi.

Alick Berry, VCCI Agribusiness Manager, stressed on the importance of understanding the commercial farming concepts learnt during the training program and putting them into practice by starting small, and building the skills up slowly to achieve targets.

The 2013 VCCI Agribusiness Training Program is currently being conducted to farmers in Tanna. The VCCI has already visited Central Pentecost, Gaua and Maewo this year.

The program has been running every year since 2003. This year it is funded by Pacific Fund or Fonds Pacifique and this funding is operated by the French Development Agency or Agence Française de Dévelopment (AFD).

For any questions or further information, please feel free to contact Alick Berry, VCCI Agribusiness Manager on 27543, ext 13.

Practical session in a Kumala plot in Epi
Practical session in a Kumala plot in Epi

Commercial leading farmers in Malafau Village, Efate
Commercial leading farmers at the opening of their Workshop in front of their Nakamal in Malafau Village, Efate

Private Sector Business Forum to be held next month

The VCCI is currently organising the 2013 Private Sector Business Forum, to be held in the mornings of the 2nd and 3rd July at the USP Conference Room.

The main objective of the forum is to discuss issues of importance to the business community and which affect their operations, and hence the economy of Vanuatu. Issues include those related to labour – such as minimum wages and severance pay – and those of exports – such as the MSG (Melanesian Spearhead Group).

VCCI Members from all sectors are to be invited, following feedback from previous business forums.
For more information, please contact VCCI Manager Alick Berry on alick.berry4@gmail.com (email) or 27543 (phone).