The National Trade Development Committee (NTDC) will host its first meeting of the year on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Resort Conference Room in Port Vila.

The Meeting will be chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister responsible for 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,” a press statement from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism says.

“This NTDC meeting will include a presentation on the impacts of the upcoming Van2017 Mini Games which will be given by a Van2017 official,” the press statement continues.

“This prestigious event will provide Vanuatu with the opportunity to showcase what it has to offer and has large potential for tourism and trade related businesses in the country.

“The meeting will discuss how the entire Government can work together to maximise the benefits to Vanuatu from The Games.”

The statement says this meeting will also provide an update on the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu’s (RBV) efforts to promote access to finance, including to those in the most remote parts of Vanuatu. Given the country’s geographical factors, financial inclusion is another important tool in overcoming barriers to trade, and in encouraging inclusive economic growth. There will then be a number of other presentations on a wide variety of trade-related topics.

The NTDC would like to extend its acknowledgement to the Enhanced Integrated Framework for its continued support.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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