COVID-19 is not only a pandemic and public health crisis; it has also severely affected the global economy and financial markets. In Vanuatu, COVID-19 severely affected tourism, large and small enterprises, and changed the broader landscape of Vanuatu’s economy. There is significant reduction of physical trade between Vanuatu and other countries, substantial loss of income for both the private sector and public sector, productivity decrease in state owned enterprises and private sector, and sharp fall of personal income.
The COVID-19 has created a “new normal” in which e-commerce has become the forefront of all trades.
At Vanuatu Post Ltd, as the Government’s State Own Enterprise (SOE), our board and our shareholders under the leadership of Hon. Jay Ngwele, Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities and Hon. Johnny Koanapo, Minister of Finance and Economic Management, we decided that to ensure that Vanuatu Post Ltd continue to generate revenue, we must innovate using the internet and encourage businesses to go online. And inorder to achieve that, we must collaborate with other stakeholders like the Ministry of Trades, the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce, V-Lab and various players that share the same goals with us towards our e-Commerce roadmap.
Today, we are launching the Vanuatu e-Commerce Symposium logo, the banners, the concept book with background information and the e-commerce symposium program, and also we want to inform the public and media about the official date of the e-commerce which will be on the 8th and 9th of July 2021. We invite all businesses, senior high school students, strategic government departments dealing with production and trades, and members of the public to come.
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