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Australian High Commissioner Da Rin visits ITC –WEAV handicraft training at VCCI


HC Da Rin (4th from right) with WEAV members and ITC design team during training at the VCCI

Australian High Commissioner Da Rin paid a visit to the hat weavers trained by International Trade Centre (ITC) international consultants and design team in Port Vila. VCCI has been hosting several sessions of training offered by ITC to the women in handicraft affiliated with Women’s Export Association Vanuatu (WEAV).

The hats are made for export to create income for the weavers who need to supplement their family budgets for school and health fees.

“These hats are beautiful and the world must know about them and the creative skills of the Vanuatu mothers who make them”, said Torek Farhadi, senior adviser at the Geneva based International Trade Centre, an agency of the United Nations (UN). The project is financed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as part of a Pacific Women Economic Empowerment Programme.

Empowering women through highlighting and offering their creativity and products in global markets create a new stream of income for Vanuatu through exports. It also encourages potential tourists who see these hats in high end stores abroad to visit this beautiful country and meet the weavers in person. “In the future WEAV can also offer weaving classes to visiting tourists” said Farhadi.

“Vanuatu’s handicraft is too beautiful to be overlooked” said Farhadi. With this training, we have seen that younger and older generations learning new techniques. “The mothers make the hats and the younger generation is already thinking how to market them on line”, said Serah Tari, WEAV coordinator.

High Commissioner Da Rin congratulated the Mothers for their fine work and said she looks forward to purchasing her Vanuatu hat from a store in Australia soon.



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Monday 13 April 2015

at 5.30pm at Reserve Bank of Vanuatu

Conference Room

Make sure you attend the meeting

Contact Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Mob: 71 23 967




As every year, Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organising the WIK BLO VANUATU in New Caledonia.

This years’ event will occur exclusively in “La place des cocotiers” from 13 to 15 November 2014.

Click in the following link to download Programme WBV 2014 français – Nouméa and Programme WBV 2014 english – Noumea

You can also click in the following link to find out what’s new in Vanuatu:Les Nouvelles Vanuatu 2014

VCCI Honours Labour Day

May 1 is Labour Day, a public holiday held in honour of all working people. In recognition of Labour Day the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has pre-launched parts of the VCCI Employers’ Guidebook on its website. The development of the VCCI Employers’ Guidebook is part of its ongoing commitment to building a decent work environment in Vanuatu, which will help both businesses and employees. It is being produced with the assistance of the International Labour Organisation Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the ILO’s Bureau for Employer Activities.
In the foreword to the Employers’ Guidebook Deborah France-Massin, Director of the ILO’s Bureau for Employer Activities, says, “Building positive employment relations is key to harmonious industrial relations as well as business success. If employers have a firm understanding of national employment relationship laws, they will be able to make good business decisions and reduce the risk of problems ending up in mediation or in court, where employers may incur additional costs for advisors, litigation and settlement. Hence, it is critical for employers to start the employment relationship off on a sound footing by gaining practical knowledge on the information and systems that should be established as the employment relationship begins and ends.”
Astrid Boulekone, General Manager of the VCCI, said, “The VCCI is happy to be able to show its support for decent work in Vanuatu on Labour Day by pre-launching parts of the Employers’ Guidebook. The VCCI developed this after a members’ survey in 2013 showed that VCCI members wanted more information on employment law and practice. It provides much-needed support to businesses.”
The pre-launched sections of the VCCI Employers’ Guidebook can be found at  The full launch will be happening in late May.

The Pacific Business Mentor Programme


The Pacific Business Mentor Programme, PBMP, has been successfully established in all countries Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati and Tuvalu since 2010 up to 2013 with the objective of enhancing the impact of the mentoring activities by helping business owners develop their skills in operating a business successfully.

This programme fully funded by NZAid is coordinated in Vanuatu by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A team of professional business mentors and business trainers visit four times Vanuatu every year to meet with the recipients of the programme.

More than 90 local businesses of Vanuatu have benefited from this programme and are currently the recipients of the Pacific Business Mentoring Programme in Port Vila and Luganville.

If you know any local businesses which would benefit from such programme, please advise these local businesses to contact VCCI at or to come to see Astrid Boulekone at VCCI for any further information.

You are welcome to submit now by return email your complete application form as a scanned copy which will be forwarded to the Pacific Business Mentoring Programme New Zealand (PBMP) headquarters in Auckland.  

You will also give the original complete application form at the Reception of VCCI office in Port Vila.

Pacific Business Mentoring Programme (PBMP) in New Zealand will advise you of the outcome of your application by email soon.

A confirmed recipient of PBMP will receive free of charge the visit of his or her Business Mentor from New Zealand twice a year and will also be able to attend a Business Training Workshop provided by Business Trainers from New Zealand twice a year.

PBMP Business mentors from New Zealand will visit Vanuatu soon from 3rd to 7th March 2014.

You may also check the website of Business Mentoring  at for more information.

You may access this link for Business Mentoring application shortly.


Week of Vanuatu, 7th Edition Wik blong Vanuatu 2013

The organisation of the annual Wik Blong Vanuatu Trade Fair in Noumea, New Caledonia since 2007 has experienced a greater success particularly with a high record number of visitors every year with 10 000 visitors in 2007, more than 12 000 visitors in 2008, 14 000 visitors in 2009 and 20 270 visitors in 2010, 19 145 visitors in 2011, and 20 400 visitors in 2012. (Source: Noumea Centre Ville, Maison des Artisans

This year, Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Southern Province of New Caledonia under the joint agreement with the governments of Vanuatu and New Caledonia wish to carry out again this event Week of Vanuatu, « Wik Blong Vanuatu », 7th Edition, during the week from 6th to 10th November 2013.

The organisation of an evening meeting with potential New Caledonian investors on Wednesday 6th November 2013 at Complex Nouvata Parc from 6.30pm to 8.30pm would allow the set up of a solid basis for a favourable business environment in the private sector of both countries.

This evening will be organised around the following theme: « Vanuatu Economy New Developments »

In this respect, there will be a testimonial session covering the experiences of successful investments.

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the official authorities of New Caledonia wishes to invite you take advantage of the success of this new cooperation to intensify economic synergies between Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Nearly 140 guests, businessmen and businesswomen of New Caledonia, participated to the Investment Information Meeting on Wednesday 7th November 2012 in the evening at the hotel Ramada, Noumea.

The 8 local companies that attended the Investment Information Meeting in 2012 are as follows:

  1. AJC: Assistance Juridique, Comptabilité, Conseil
  2. ANZ Bank
  3. Bred Bank
  4. Caillard & Kaddour
  5. First National Real Estate
  6. Law Partners
  7. Pacific Private Bank
  8. Telecom Vanuatu Limited

The 3 local companies that participated in the financing without attending the Investment Information Meeting in 2012 are as follows:

  1. Colorite Graphics
  2. IPV Printers Ltd
  3. Pierre Brunet Entreprise Générale

This year, we wish to renew this initiative which has experienced a great success with the Caledonian public. Nearly 100 people are expected for the Investors Meeting Evening which includes an interactive presentation on Vanuatu Economy New Developments followed by a cocktail on Wednesday 6th November 2013 from 18h30 to 20h30 at the Complex Nouvata Parc, Noumea.

The 5 local companies who will attend the Investment Information Meeting in 2013 are as follows:

1.  AJC: Assistance Juridique, Comptabilité, Conseil

2. Caillard & Kaddour

3. First National Real Estate

4. Law Partners

5. Telecom Vanuatu Limited

The 2 local companies that will participate in the financing without attending the Investment Information Meeting in 2013 are as follows:

1. Colorite Graphics

2. IPV Printers Ltd

Local companies that have provided donations to CCI – Wik blong Vanuatu in 2013 are as follows:

  1. ANZ Bank
  2. Vanuatu Brewing Limited

For more information, please contact Mrs. Astrid Boulekone by email or on mobile number 00 678 77 53 906 or 00 678 27 543 in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Jennyfer Jurion by email or on mobile number 00 687 75 26 16 in Noumea, New Caledonia.

Programme for Week of Vanuatu – Wik blong Vanuatu 2013 in Noumea from 6th to 10th November 2013

Wednesday 06.11.13 Thursday 07.11.13 Friday 08.11.13 Saturday 09.11.13 Sunday 10.11.13
From 07H30 to 20H30 From 6H00 to 19H00 From 11H to 18H From 9H to 18H From 9H to 17H
Opening of location site of Jeudis/ ThursdaysFor products deliveryChecking of productsStarting from 09H


Setting up of bootsJeudi/ Thursday of VanuatuFrom 6H to 10H Opening of location siteHouse of CraftmenFor products deliverySetting up of  boots

From 8H to 11H


Opening of location siteHouse of CraftmenStarting from 8H  Opening of location siteHouse of CraftmenStarting from 8H 
Customary CeremonyThursday of VanuatuFrom 10H to 10H15 Opening CeremonyVanuatu Trade FairFrom 11H to 11H15  Vanuatu Trade Fair  Entertainment House of CraftmenFrom 9H to18H Vanuatu Trade Fair Entertainment House of CraftmenFrom 9H to 17H
Jeudi/ Thursday of VanuatuEntertainment Place des CocotiersFrom 10H to 19H


Opening  of Vanuatu Trade Fair  EntertainmentHouse of CraftmenFrom 11H to 18H
Vanuatu – New Caledonia Investment Information Evening Complex Nouvata ParcFrom 18H30 to 20H30  Tourism PresentationTreking AmbrymContact 79 55 83CCI New Caledonia

From 18H to 19H














LOGO AJC - Version 2013 - FR              LOGO First National Real Estate NC

Nouvelle-Calédonie 1ère

Emission TV : Temps de parole                    La semaine du Vanuatu en 2011

Du lundi au jeudi à 19h15.


Les échanges avec le Vanuatu


Après la 5e édition de la week blong Vanuatu, semaine de promotion de l’archipel voisin, gros plan sur les échanges économiques avec la Nouvelle-Calédonie. Parmi les secteurs prisés des investisseurs calédoniens, le tourisme mais aussi l’industrie de transformation ou encore l’immobilier. Nous évoquons également les dossiers qui sont en panne, à savoir l’aérien ou encore les échanges agricoles et en particulier les importations de tubercules en provenance du Vanuatu.

Invité : Paul de Montgolfier, consultant, aide juridique aux investisseurs.

Émission préparée et présentée par Frédérique Machoro-Siebecke
Rédacteur en chef : Patrick Durand-Gaillard

Durée : 6 min 37 s


Issue N° 3409   Saturday, November 26 2011