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Northern Islands Market Vendor Association had first annual meeting

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More than 300 market vendors from around Santo island and offshore, under the Northern Islands Market Vendor Association, have gathered for their first Annual General Meeting on Santo.

“This is the first time for us to have an AGM since the Association was set up,” says Marie Vuti, President of the Northern Islands Market Vendor Association (MVA).

The one-day Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at the Sanma Provincial Government Council’s Chiefs Nakamal, on 7 November, as part of ongoing support for the Market Vendors Association under the UN Women’s Market for Change (M4C) project.

Other M4C support includes the development of the Association’s management and operational systems, the MVA’s alignment with good governance standards, and that members are supported to ensure these systems are understood and implemented to promote continuity of the Association and to serve the needs of the membership.

“I would like to congratulate the Northern Islands MVA on this historical milestone,” says Christina Bare-Karae UN Women M4C Project Manager.

“Through this AGM, you ensure transparency and accountability of the Association to your members and reaffirm your commitment to work together with the Luganville market vendors and Luganville Municipal Council to ensure safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory market environment for the vendors.”