Ni-Vanuatu businesswomen: apply now to take part in Women Trading Globally awards

All ni-Vanuatu women business owners are invited to participate in a short course ‘Australia Awards: Women Trading Globally’.

The course is offered to Pacific women with their own business who have the potential to become ‘export ready’, and is offered by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in partnership with the Export Council of Australia.

This program will enable you to grow your business and expand internationally. During the course participants will:

  • learn about doing business in and with Australia
  • connect with other women entrepreneurs from across the Pacific and Australia
  • enable you to grow your business and expand internationally.

This two-week residential Australia Awards short course is funded by the Australian Government. The inaugural course is scheduled for 12‒24 November in Brisbane and Sydney. All costs (flights, accommodation, incidentals, study fees) are funded by the Australian Government.

For more information, program dates and eligibility requirements, please visit this website, and also download these two forms:

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ADB provides additional funds to repair roads affected by Cyclone Pam

Road damage on Efate following Cyclone Pam. Photo: ADB/file

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors is providing Vt 840 million (US$8.2M) in total additional financing to continue the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and climate-proofing of roads affected by Cyclone Pam.

The additional funding consists of a Vt 420 million loan and a Vt 420M grant from ADB’s Ordinary Capital Resources and the Asian Development Fund, respectively. The Government of Vanuatu is also contributing Vt 124 million to the project.

“Climate change adaptation remains a main feature of ADB’s support in the Pacific region involving building strong and building back better,” said Emma Fan, Regional Director of ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney. “The extra funding will help the government upgrade and strengthen the resilience of targeted infrastructure under the project.”

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Apply now: 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award now open

Queen Elizabeth greets Mary Siro at last Thursday's ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Photo: BCA

This could be you: Queen Elizabeth greets 2016 Ni-Vanuatu Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award winner Mary Siro at Buckingham Palace, London, 23 June 2016. Photo: BCA

Applications for the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award of 2018 are now open. The Queen’s Young Leaders’ Awards recognise and celebrate exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

Mary Siro of Wan Smolbag is a past winner of the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Award – could the next winner be you?

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