VANUATU MANUFACTURERS CREATE NEW ASSOCIATION

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (The Independent, July 25) – More small manufacturers and export businesses are setting up in the country in specialized areas, manufacturing products for local sale and export.

Some new companies saw the benefit of working together.

"Overall the idea is so that members voices can be collective when talking to government or other agencies," said the interim executive president, Samuel Grant of Pacific Unicorn Corporation.

"It is the first time an attempt has been made to set up such an association which will be separate from the chamber of commerce but works under its umbrella," explained Geordie Makenzie, who is vice-president of the interim executive.

"While I represent manufacturers in the chamber, it is important we have our own association to work under and our link to the chamber is already there so that we optimize advocacy for manufacturers," said Makenzie.

They hope to have the first AGM in January.

VTMEA executives are Samuel Grant of Pacific Unicorn Corporation, interim president; Geordie Makenzie of Fiberglass Vanuatu, as vice-president; Roxanne Naylor of Kava Company as interim secretary; and Linda of Volcanic Earth as interim treasurer.

July 27, 2006

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