NTDC to promote trade development

The National Trade Development Committee (NTDC) will host its second meeting of 2018 at the Melanesian Hotel on August 10.

The Meeting will be chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, who heads the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business.

Convened three times a year since 2012, the NTDC consists of private sector representatives and all Director Generals, Directors and Heads of Statutory Bodies responsible for trade-related matters. The NTDC is the central body for coordinating trade policy and prioritising Aid-for-Trade (AfT) projects, both of which are crucial for Vanuatu’s development.

Highlights from this coming NTDC meeting include a summary of the recently launched eTrade Readiness Study. The NTDC will debate the best way for the country to take advantages of the opportunities which technology offers for development.

The meeting will also hear updates from a number of productive sector departments, including Industry and Fisheries, and discuss how the Government can best work to develop these sectors – both within government, but also with the private sector, donors, and other partners.

The private sector is represented at this meeting by the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The private sector is encouraged to engage with the NTDC by providing comments and feedback through the VCCI.

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