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Introducing the 31st Edition of the Solomon
Islands Trade Directory gives me great pleasure.
For this Directory has proven over its three
decades of existence to not merely be a list of
businesses and organisations with interests here in
the Solomon Islands, but an indispensible tool in
getting things done here in these, the Happy Isles.
Flipping through its pages reveals a wealth of
information on this country, giving not only
business people, but anyone interested in the
Solomons a clear idea of what is taking place here.
As Prime Minister, I would be remiss if I did not make clear to the readers of
the Trade Directory that as the Solomon Islands emerges with the rest of the
world’s economies from the global financial crisis and economic slow down,
the government of the Solomon Islands provides a wide range of investment
incentives to those contemplating doing business here.
Tax holidays, import concessions, duty free exports, duty free entry,
accelerated capital write-offs, double deductions, long-term exemptions from
withholding taxes, and special additional incentives for those involved in
developing tourism – together, these and many other measures provide an
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Looking back to the Solomon Islands Trade Directory’s now long-ago first
edition and seeing how it has grown in scope and scale over the years,
it occurs to me that the publication has proven to be as resilient as the
Indeed, you could say the Directory and the Happy Isles have grown up, and
weathered, and prospered, side by side, and I commend the BJS Group of
Companies for providing what has become a necessary guide to so many of us.
So enjoy the 2010 edition of the Solomon Islands Trade Directory, and as you
put it to use, please consider yourself a key player in the life of the Solomon
Islands – like the Directory itself.
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The publishing date for the 2010 Solomon Islands Trade
Directory was planned to coincide with the Shanghai
2010 World Expo. As such it will provide the Solomon
Islands Delegation participating in ‘Expo 2010’ with a
publication containing comprehensive information.
It has been thoroughly reviewed and is enclosed in a
stunning new cover that will catch the attention of readers.
The coming months will see general elections for
members of National Parliament. Much interest is being
generated in the election since the beginning of 2010 – voter registration and
awareness has been in the forefront. So the country waits in anticipation to
learn who will lead the nation for the next four years.
The World stage is a changing scene as technologies bring us closer together
with others on the planet. Technology is impacting more and more into the
rural life of the nation – becoming a welcome tool for the resilient villagers
throughout the nation.
Transport and infrastructure development have been aided greatly by
Donors and RAMSI continues to develop the human resources and capacity
of the Nation. Genuine efforts in making it easier to do business in the
Solomons have seen the Companies act updated and streamlined. The focus
on tackling corruption is making inroads into the consciousness of the people
and leaders of the country.
The recognition of the role of women in society is achieving the attention
it deserves. The launching of two acts in March of this year were warmly
welcomed by the women of the country and are a big step to ensuring their
protection from violence and enhance their ability to play the necessary role in
the development of the Nation. Greatly assisting all of these steps has been the
introduction of free education at primary level throughout the Solomons.
So with the continuation of building blocks of a nation being established, the
Solomons is well placed to play its part in the economic recovery of the region.
The information in the Directory will provide an excellent understanding of
the state of the country from many points of view – and may assist interested
parties to invest, to visit and /or support the Happy Isles as they move forward.
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2010 TRADE DIRECTORY
Your Guide to Doing Business
in the Solomon Islands
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Published by Contents
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PO Box 439 Honiara, Solomon Islands Prime Ministers Foreword v
T: +677 22393 Editorial Foreword vii
W: bjs.com.sb Acknowledgements xviii
Chapter 1 - OVERVIEW
BJS Editorial Team Recent Historical Perspective & Political Overview 1
Bruce Saunders, Sandra Gartner, Lisa Waterson Economic Overview 3
Government Investment Priorities 4
Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) 5
BJS Advertising Team People’s Survey 8
Natasha Smith, Daisy May Pororara, Myrtle Atienza, Tony Saunders, Solomon Islands Police Force 9
Nester Nonga Aid Donors Funding & Support 12
BJS Artwork, Layout and Graphic design Chapter 2 - INDUSTRY SECTORS
Carolyn Daunt Agriculture Sector 13
Guadacanal Plains Palm Oil Plantation 15
Banking Sector 16
Printers Wespac Banking Corporation 17
Colourscan Pty Ltd. Construction and Engineering Works Sector 19
Brisbane, Australia Forestry Sector 21
Kolombangara Forest Products Ltd. 23
Education Sector 25
Acknowledgements Don Bosco Technical Institute 32
The editorial team would like to acknowledge the following people whose Employment Sector 34
contributions were key to this publication. Fisheries Sector 35
Health Sector 37
Nick Gagahe, Mary-Louise O’Callaghan, Kamal Azmi, Peter Marshall, Infrastructure Sector 41
Simon Legassicke, Peter Knee, Nick Williams, Calvin Ziru, Ivor Hansen, Mining Sector 54
Peter Tam, Dr. William Adu-Krow, Peter Potter, Fr. Ambrose sdb, Lousia Gold Ridge Mining 55
Baragamu, Yolande Yates, Deanne Easton, Harry Brock, Justin Baguley, Manufacturing, Installation and Servicing Sector 57
Nathan Kama, Christine Heiser, Jack Gulauma, Aluta Kakadi, Retail Sector 58
Craig Lonergan, Brown Pwai, Aaron Levine, Nick Blanche, Michael Tokuru, Honiara Shopping Mall 60
Bill MacGregor, James Kim, Jenny Keli, Robertson Szetu, Marie-Claire Tourism Sector 62
Saunders, Fiona Cortis. Papatura Island Resort 68
BJS Adverising Photography: Chapter 3 - SETTING UP A BUSINESS
Megan Squire-Brown, Elisa Dingle & Carolyn Daunt Overview 71
Advertising Models: Industry Support for Business 71
Archena & Jonathan Fuller, Emily Fitzsimmons, Masoud & Keyvan Izadi, Direct Sales - Finding a Customer 75
Thomas Knee, Melina Pitamama, Joash Fika, Bruce Thomas Ilala, Kathy Advertising & Promotional Support 76
Lulumani, Gerry Vilio, Ivor Hansen, Elle-Marie Oppenheim. Importers Requirements 77
Terms of Trade 77
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Freight Rates 77 Tipping 106
Shipping Marks & Documentation 78 Finding a Home 106
Customs & Excise 79 Domestic Consumables & Services 107
Restrictions which are Enforced 80 Emergency Telephone Numbers 112
Current Goods Tax 80 Clothing 113
Sales Tax 81 Hair & Beauty Salons 113
Credit References 82 Domestic Staff 114
Exchange Control 82 Vehicles, Driving & Public Transport 115
Repatriation of Profits 82 Your Health & Medical Facilities 116
Intellectual Property 82 Schooling 117
Redress in Case of Problems 82 Leisure & Entertainment 118
Ombudsman 83 Unpaid Activities/Volunteering 122
Registering your Business 84 Pets 122
Land Ownership 84 Cost of Living 123
Companies 85 Narasirato Pan Pipers 125
Work Permits 86
Labour Force 86 APPENDICES
Unions & Disputes 87 Accommodation Directory 2010 126
National Provident Fund (NPF) 87 Honiara 126
Income Tax 88 Guadalcanal 128
Individual Tax 88 Western Province - Gizo 128
Company Tax 89 Western Province - Munda & Roviana/ Tetapare 129
Withholding Tax 89 Western Province - Marovo Lagoon 130
Export Duty 90 Western Province - Kolombangara & other 131
Jedom Organic Fruits 91 Choisel Province - Far West 131
Rennell & Bellona Province 132
Chapter 4 - THE ENVIRONMENT FOR BUSINESS Central Islands Province 133
Geography & Geology 93 Makira/ Ulawa Province 133
Climate 94 Isabel Province 134
History 94 Malaita Province 134
Government 96 Temotu Province 135
Information & Contacts Easy Reference
Official Assistance 136
High Commissions 136
Foreign Heads of Missions 136
Diplomatic Representatives Abroad 137
Chapter 5 - GUIDE FOR NEW RESIDENTS AND VISITORS
Government Ministries 137
Useful information 101
National & Provincial Public Holidays 140
Currency & Money Matters 101
Your Guide to Learning Pijin 141
Hours of Business 102
International Airline Schedule 142
Travelling to & Around the Islands 102
SI Chamber Commerce & Industry Membership List 143
Solomon Islands War Memorial 174
Solo Enviro Beautification 179
List of Advertisers 183
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Chapter One - Overview
Recent Historical Perspective & Political Overview
Between 1978 and 1998 considerable post independence social and eco-
nomic progress was made. Unfortunately ethnic tension significantly crip-
pled the country from 1998 to 2003. The initial gains, particularly through
until 1995 were almost lost during the tension period.
During 1999, about 30,000 people left Honiara. Early in 2000, many of
them returned and became part of the Malaita Eagle Force to counter
the Guadalcanal Revolutionary Army. The GRA had “forced” the Malaitan
settlers (some were third generation and married to Gualie women) from
their homes on Guadalcanal.
A Commonwealth Secretarial envoy was unable to establish a basis for
peace between disputing parties and police seemed powerless. The
Townsville Peace Agreement resolution in October 2000 did lead to an
immediate cessation of fighting but failed to bring a long term resolution
of the conflict.
This ethnic tension resulted in more than a hundred deaths, social
disruption, loss of jobs and personal freedom in the capital, political
corruption, breakdown in law and order, the emergence of strongmen
and crime figures. The general population, particularly on Guadacanal
and near-by islands were living in fear.
In 1980, Solomon Islands was in the upper half of income per capita for
the Pacific Islands region but by 2003 had fallen to the lowest bracket
following a political coup in June 2000. Whilst the political unrest did not
significantly affect the rural majority, the export economy was in free fall
and the government seemed unable to collect revenues and could no
longer pay staff.
RAMSI Military with Solomon Islands Police Officer
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Law and order was out of control and political leaders seemed powerless Economic Overview
in spite of accords, to do anything to change the situation. As a result, As the storm clouds of the recent Global Financial Crisis start to lift
both sides of politics sought outside intervention. This unanimous worldwide, the Solomon Islands still have a way to go before they once
support came on 17 July 2003 when legislation to “authorise and protect” again see clear skies.
allowed intervention in the affairs of the Solomon Islands through
the appointment of the multi-national Regional Assistance Mission to The Solomon Islands economy emerged from recession after the ethnic
Solomon Islands (RAMSI). tensions (1999-2003) experiencing strong growth averaging 7% over the
next 5 years (2004-2008) This growth at times was one of the highest in
Another short period of civil unrest following elections in April 2006 the region.
had a fairly small impact on the overall economy. Riots broke out in the
capital, Honiara, after a new Prime Minister was named, resulting in The country began to feel the effects of the Global Financial Crisis
serious damage to property. RAMSI was reinforced and law and order towards the end of 2008 with the full impact being felt in 2009. With an
was soon restored. economy based primarily on timber, fish, cocoa, copra and palm oil, the
global downturn reduced both demand and prices of these commodities.
Since 2003 and the arrival of RAMSI, Solomon Islands’ relations with its This slump could have been far more severe for the domestic economy
regional neighbours have improved. This has led to an increase in aid had it not been partially cushioned by development aid and foreign
flow and investor confidence. The current government, The Coalition for investors inflows.
National Unity and Rural Advancement (CNURA) led by Dr. Derek Sikua, is
committed to working with RAMSI. The 2009 Peoples Survey reports that The domestic economy contracted 2.2% in 2009. All sectors except
88% of Solomon Islanders support the presence of RAMSI in their country. transport & communication and construction experienced negative
General elections are scheduled for August 2010 which could impact growth. The biggest of these was the forestry sector with a fall in revenue
on political stability in the short term and may affect the Government’s of 28% from the previous year. (see Chapter 2 for more details)
ability to manage the economic challenges facing the country. This contraction in the economy resulted in a decline in government
revenue from these economic sectors. A reduction in prices also
affected the collection of other revenue such as goods tax. Faced with
fiscal constraints as well as lower taxes and duties, the Government
struggled to maintain sufficient cash flow to fulfill its payroll obligations.
This compelled the government to introduce a number of cost cutting
measures in April 2009 to try and balance the books.
The very high level of population growth at 2.5% per annum means it
will be difficult to continue to achieve real GDP per capita growth as the
logging industry continues to decline. The resurrection of the mining
sector with the opening of the Gold Ridge mine in 2010 is expected to
boost GDP in the medium term.
On a positive note, the annual rate of inflation was 1.3% down from
19.4% in 2008. The drivers for this significant drop were falls in the
Consumer Price Index across all categories except for transport and
communications. The Central Bank Solomon Islands (CBSI) does not
envisage a rapid return to high levels of inflation in the long run given the
weaknesses in both the domestic and global economies.
Prospects for the domestic economy to rebound in 2010 are positive
given the increase in worldwide commodity prices. CBSI estimates
5% growth overall with anticipated growths coming mainly from the
Fisheries, Utilities, Transport & Communication and the Construction
sectors with 36.5%,17.5%, and 14.5% respectively. (See Chapter 2).
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Government Investment Priorities Incentives are granted at the discretion of the Minister of Finance. For
While all form of investments are encouraged, there are certain more information on investment incentives and how to access them,
characteristics of investments that will be most favoured and supported contact the Foreign Investment Division of the Ministry of Commerce,
by the National Government. Current focus of the National Government Industry and Employment.
is to attract more investments that support the national development Contact: Foreign Investment Division T: +677 22856
strategies based on the “Bottom-up-Approach”. This is a concept devised W: www.investmentsolomons.gov.sb
to decentralize development to rural areas.
Most favoured investments are those that will improve the livelihood of Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
rural people including down stream processing or manufacturing. The RAMSI is comprised of civilian, police and military personnel from the
national government will support directly these types of investments 16 countries of the Pacific Islands Forum. Since RAMSI arrived in July
especially where local raw materials are fully utilized in the production 2003, much has been achieved through the close co-operation between
stages. Investments intended for international markets are also listed as a the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI. Law and order has been
priority for government support. restored, national institutions are being rebuilt and considerable progress
has been made towards stabilising and reforming the economy.
Investment Incentives The Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI now focuses on working
The Solomon Islands Government offers a wide range of business together to develop the strength of institutions of government, to build
assistance or investment incentives to enable business growth in any a sustainable law and justice system and to preserve a stable and secure
of the country’s investment sectors. Investment incentives include tax environment. This is being done through a partnership between the
holidays, import concessions for raw materials including machinery and Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI based on mutual respect,
plant, duty free exports, carry forward losses, accelerated depression, understanding and open dialogue.
export market development incentives and training incentives. A brief
outline of these incentives include: The Solomon Islands Government – RAMSI Partnership Framework, the
key work plan for RAMSI’s work in Solomon Islands, outlines RAMSI’s work
• Up to 10 years tax free holidays in the following key areas:
• Up to 10 years exemption from withholding tax on dividends
Law & Justice
• Up to 10 years exemption from withholding tax on interest The RAMSI Law & Justice program is focussed on re-establishing the local
paid to non residents police force as one of the leaders of the Pacific and helping to provide a
• Accelerated capital write off of 40% in the first year and 5% per judicial system that takes into account traditional values whilst ensuring
annum thereafter for manufacturing enterprise. 50% for tourism the Solomon Islands has a sustainable justice system.
• Double deduction for expenditure on apprenticeships and tertiary One of the core objectives of RAMSI’s work in Solomon Islands is the
education rebuilding of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). The RAMSI
• 150% deduction for cost of inter province transport of raw materials Participating Police Force (PPF) work alongside the RSIPF to help build
• 150% deduction for export promotion expenditure their capacity to serve Solomon Islands. Much of this work sees PPF
• Duty free entry for capital equipment and drawback on re-export items officers side-by-side with their RSIPF colleagues to help build their skills
and the long-term future of law and order in Solomon Islands.
• Special additional incentives for tourism developments. Hotel and
resort establishment including other tourism settings are eligible for Justice
these special incentives. RAMSI advisers work alongside their colleagues within the Solomon
• Free movement of capital and profit remittances Islands judicial system. Their work is focussed on improving the capacity
of local judges, lawyers, and legal staff in Solomon Islands. RAMSI’s
assistance has also helped to improve legal infrastructure such as the
High Court and the new Malaita District Magistrate’s Court.
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Law Reform Machinery of Government
The Solomon Islands Law Reform Commission has been re-established Through the Machinery of Government program, RAMSI works closely
with the help of RAMSI. Since RAMSI’s arrival, the Law Reform Commission with key government agencies to strengthen their capacity to meet all
has helped to drive reform in more than 30 areas. their responsibilities – from implementing government policy, delivering
Corrections services and holding elections.
RAMSI advisers provide support to the rejuvenated Correctional Services Public Service
of Solomon Islands. This support includes major improvements to RAMSI’s Public Service Improvement Program is assisting the Solomon
infrastructure, such as redevelopments at Rove Correctional Centre, and Islands Ministry of Public Service, Public Service Commission and Institute
the construction of new Correctional Centres throughout the Solomon of Public Administration and Management to improve their skills in HR
Islands provinces that ensure Solomon Islands meets all of its United management, processes and skills, which will assist with the development
Nations obligations. of a professional public service.
Economic Governance RAMSI provides assistance to Solomon Islands accountability and
Through its Economic Governance and Growth program, RAMSI is integrity institutions, such as the Office of the Auditor-General,
working with the Solomon Islands Government to rebuild the economy. Ombudsman’s Office and Leadership Code Commission. Since 2008, all
audits carried out by the Office of the Auditor-General have been led by
Reforms and legislation
RAMSI is assisting the Solomon Islands Government to improve
legislation that provide a stronger environment for business and Parliament & Elections
investment. Recent changes to the Foreign Investment Act 2005, Through the Parliamentary Strengthening Project, which RAMSI co-
for example, have resulted in positive changes to the private sector funds with the United Nations Development Program, the National
environment that have provided a significant boost in foreign investment Parliamentary Office is also working to strengthen the Solomon Islands
in Solomon Islands. Parliament’s core representative, oversight and law-making functions.
State-Owned Enterprises RAMSI’s Electoral Strengthening Program is also helping to improve the
RAMSI has assisted the Solomon Islands Government in its efforts to electoral process within Solomon Islands. This program aims to assist
allow greater competition in a range of areas. The sale of Home Finance the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission with critical activities such as
Limited, the Solomon Islands main mortgage lender, together with the voter registration, electoral reform – and of course, to ensure the safe and
end of the telecommunications monopoly held by Our Telekom represent proper operation of the country’s election in 2010.
recent significant achievements. Women in Government
Revenue & Budget The joint Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI Women in
RAMSI’s assistance has helped to restore many of the country’s core Government Strategy is working to enhance women’s leadership
revenue collection processes, which have helped the Government potential and improve opportunities within the public service.
increase the country’s revenue growth by an average of more than 25%
since 2007. With RAMSI’s help, the Solomon Islands Government is now Contact: RAMSI – Office of the Special Co-ordinator
also delivering fully funded Budgets that meet all of the Government’s T: +677 25122 W: www.ramsi.org
debt repayment obligations.
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People’s Survey 2009 The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force
Business opportunities and media access are just two of the areas The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is headed by the
covered in the third annual People’s Survey 2009 which are of particular Commissioner of Police who, under the Constitution of the Solomon
interest to potential new business investors. Islands, holds an independent constitutional post. The RSIPF has the
Commissioned by RAMSI, 5035 people were interviewed across 7 mandate under the laws of Solomon Islands to maintain peace and order
provinces to record perceptions of living conditions and current issues in in the nation and is the primary law enforcement agency in the country.
the Solomon Islands.
The RSIPF is a national organisation and currently has 1050 personnel
Business Opportunities covering the ten Police Provinces.
• 27% of respondents said that conditions for starting a business were
The various roles that the RSIPF undertake include:
better than two years ago. 28% said that conditions were the same
and 29% said they were worse and 15% did not know. • patrols to rural villages on foot and in small boats
• The majority of respondents thought it was no harder for women to • dealing with disturbances amongst groups and villages
start a business than for men (69%) while 19% thought it was harder. • attending to motor accidents
• investigating crime
• Thirty Percent of respondents said they tried to start a business in the
• prosecuting alleged offenders in court
past two years. Of this thirty percent, 90% said they had experienced
• assisting in the enforcement of fisheries and border related matters
• providing a general policing service to the people of Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands does not have a defence force and accordingly
• Forty-four percent of respondents said they never read a newspaper
issues of national security are also the responsibility of the RSIPF.
and 35% said they read a newspaper only rarely. Six percent read a
newspaper every day, 10% weekly and 5% monthly. As a result of the ethnic tension period (1999 -2003) the RSIPF struggled
• Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they listen to the radio every to carry out its Constitutional and legal obligations. In 2003 the Regional
day, 9% said every week, 5% said every month,17% said rarely and Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) arrived in the country.
8% said never, whilst 31% said they did not have a radio. Since 2003 the RSIPF has been assisted by the Participating Police Force
• Forty-seven per cent said they could always receive Solomon Islands (PPF) component of RAMSI. Fifteen police forces from the Australasian
Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) in their community. Thirty-one per and Pacific areas contribute to the PPF. Their mandate is to capacity
cent said they could receive it sometimes, 3% said rarely and 8% said build, assist and generally reinvigorate the RSIPF. The PPF numbers
never, while 11% said they did not know. approximately 250 personnel as at February 2010.
A full report is available online at www.ramsi.org The RSIPF has recently completed its Strategic Plan for the period 2010
– 2013 and the specified Mission Statement is “Working in partnership
with the community, building confidence in the RSIPF for a safe, peaceful and
prosperous Solomon Islands.”
The Specified Goals are:
• Improve community confidence in the RSIPF
• Improve RSIPF resource management
• Protect the sovereignty of the Solomon Islands
• Reduce crime and the fear of crime
• Protect natural resources
• Provide emergency response and management
Solomon Islanders walking through a river • Provide support to the criminal justice system.
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With the assistance of RAMSI, and in particular the PPF, the law and order The RSIPF has recently launched a project in the Provinces involving the
situation has returned to a more than acceptable level. re-introduction of the former ‘Area Constable’ model that was evident
pre Independence in 1978. The new ‘Community Officers’ are respected
The country, with a population of approximately 600,000 people,
village representatives who act as the intermediary between RSIPF and
experienced 17 homicides in 2009. Almost 90% of those homicides
the villagers. They wear a distinctive item of clothing to identify them
involved domestic related disputes over family or land where the
and they are instrumental in solving a large number of minor disputes.
offender was known to the victim.
The system is being trialled and is proving very popular, especially in
In 2008 there were 18 fatal motor accidents throughout the Solomons. remote locations where the RSIPF is not immediately available.
That number was reduced to 6 in 2009.
With the normalisation of the law and order situation there has been
In 2003 thousands of firearms were seized and destroyed by RAMSI greater attendance at schools, tourism has grown and considerable
personnel. Since that time it has been illegal to possess a firearm and foreign investment has returned to the Solomons. Honiara, in particular,
they do not feature in the Solomons environment. has seen many significant building projects over recent years.
In the three years since January 2007 there has been no reported criminal Crime is most often linked to the abuse of alcohol, although petty theft
incident involving firearms. and burglaries do occur. Pick pockets sometimes operate out of the
Central Market Place and people should exercise normal common sense
There is a renewed confidence within the RSIPF and in recent years there
in terms of leaving valuables unattended.
has been a big emphasis upon ‘high visibility policing’ which has resulted
in more community related initiatives and beat patrols, particularly in Incidents involving assaults on expatriate members of the community are
Honiara. very rare, although they are at times the victim of burglaries.
Honiara City remains a peaceful location and by international standards,
with a population in excess of 60,000 people, crime is comparatively low.
Crime is certainly very low in the outer Provinces.
The challenge for central government is to deal with the influx of people
A.R. H OUSEKEEPING S ERVICE from the Provinces into Honiara city who are looking for employment.
There are limited opportunities for unskilled workers and the resultant
‘squatting’ situation causes issues over land ownership.
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Aid Donors Funding & Support Chapter Two - Industry Sectors
The bulk of public sector investments comes from Donor Aid. In 2009 this
assistance totalled SBD$1,590,285,163 up 24% on 2008 figures. Agriculture Sector
The single largest donor to the Solomon Islands since 2003 has been the Solomon Islands is an ideal place to produce a range of agricultural
Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Composed commodities because of its warm tropical climate, fertile soil, plentiful
of 16 neighbouring nations, it is a separate development partner whose rainfall and predominantly organic farming methods.
largest contributors are Australia and New Zealand. The Agriculture sector employs more than 75% of the countrys work force
The World Bank currently has projects building institutional capacity in an informal subsistence way and 20% more formally for commercial
in the health and energy sectors. Asian Development Bank is focusing operations.
on improving transportation infrastructure and services and a stronger This sector is dominated by 3 crops – palm oil, coconut and cocoa. There
business enabling environment. are also small areas of coffee and honey production emerging as cash
The United Nations Joint Presence includes representatives of the United crops. Agricultural products are the second largest contributor to export
Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) revenue after logging.
and UNICEF. The World Health Organisation also has a small country office Coconut products have traditionally been both consumed domestically
based in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. and exported as copra, coconut oil and some coconut meal. Cocoa is
Other significant donors include Australia, New Zealand, the European exported in dried bean form.
Union, Japan and Taiwan which are represented by their respective This sector experienced zero growth in 2009 however the Central Bank
diplomatic missions. hopes that there will be strong growth in the cocoa industry in 2010 as
In addition to Australia’s significant contribution to RAMSI, Australia’s sustained high prices will attract farmers. A small recovery is expected in
bilateral development assistance program is guided by the Solomon the copra industry as world prices may pick up.
Islands Australia Partnership for Development. It focuses on improving The Solomon Islands Government is assisting cocoa farmers to increase
health outcomes across the country, improving income earning production from currently 4,000 tonnes to 10,000 tonnes a year by 2014.
opportunities, especially for rural Solomon Islanders, and improving This will take export earning from SBD$71 million to over SBD$200
infrastructure such as roads, telecommunications and energy. Australia million a year. (Solomon Star March 12, 2010). They are doing this with
also provides a substantial number of scholarships (Australia Awards) to funding from the Australian Government in a project called Cocoa
Solomon Islands students to study at regional institutions and in Australia. Livelihood Improvement Project which teaches growers improved
New Zealand’s Solomon Islands Program, is its largest bilateral aid farming and management practices.
programme, and is guided by a new strategy for 2009-2018. New Zealand A new franchised shipping scheme that was proposed to start March
aims to contribute to a prosperous and stable Solomon Islands by fostering 2010 by Snowy Mountains Engineering Company (SMEC) promises
broad-based economic and social development. NZAID focuses on: reliable shipping on uneconomical routes, many of which service copra
• improving livelihoods and broad-based economic growth producing regions.
• investing in people through education and skills development One of the largest plantations of both coconut and cocoa, was the Russell
• support for building peace and stability. Islands Plantation Estates Limited (RIPEL) occupying 10,000 hectares.
Whilst the bulk of donor assistance is delivered in collaboration with Commercial production at the plantation has ceased due to disruptions
Government Departments, they provide significant aid though direct during the ethnic tensions and subsequent land and labour disputes.
assistance programmes such as Australia’s Community Sector Program Resolution of the RIPEL issues are urgently required by the Government if
(CSP), Japan’s Grassroots Scheme, and the EU’s Micro-projects. These it wishes to see a significant increase in coconut and cocoa production.
work directly with Solomon Islanders. In addition, non-governmental
organizations such as Oxfam, World Vision and numerous Church groups With the assistance of Taiwan, dry rice farming is developing in many
provide important development assistance, particularly in rural areas.
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provinces as a cash crop and a way of reducing living costs. There is also a Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Ltd.
Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Ltd
growing focus on farming animals such as chickens and pigs. Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Ltd continues
Opportunities to gain momentum. Production has steadily
• Rice farming grown over the past 3 years. In 2009 GPPOL
• Cattle farming produced 25,000 tonnes of crude palm oil and
• Spices 3,000 tonnes of palm kernel oil. This level of
• Honey farming production is now on par to the levels prior to
• Small livestock the ethnic tension. A total of 5,800 hectares of
• Root crops oil palm is now in to production, and GPPOL
• Coffee has highlighted new potential areas for further oil palm expansion.
Constraints With the rehabilitation program now completed and the areas replanted
• Access to land (80% Customary & 20% Government owned) in 2006/7 coming into production the potential is very encouraging. In
• The sector is still primary production orientated 2010 we should see the production of crude palm oil exceed 30,000
• Lack of skilled personnel for commercial production. tonnes. The oil is all exported back to Europe and used in the food
• Government policy objectives industry.
• Lack of Infrastructure GPPOL now employs approximately 2000 employees, the majority of
• High transport and power costs which are housed on site in company villages. Since 2005 the company
Government Incentives has built over 300 buildings, mainly employee housing and offices. If the
• 3-6 year exemption period on export tax expansion plans go forward, GPPOL will be increasing its workforce and
• 5-10 year tax exemption on company profits further company villages will be constructed.
• 40% capital write off as depreciation in the first year and 5% per In conjunction with the company managed estates , GPPOL have also
annum thereafter when constructing a factory been developing the small holders program whereby families are
encouraged to establish their own small 3 ha plantation. There are now
221 block holders, some of which are harvesting already whilst others
have only recently planted their area. GPPOL encourages this sector with
interest free loans for seedlings and tools as well as technical support.
The small holders are then able to sell the fresh fruit to the company for
processing in the mill. This provides an alternative revenue source for
villages in and around the plantation area.
The past 4 years have seen major changes on the Guadalcanal Plains, with
support from ADB, in providing a tar sealed road, ANZ in providing the
rural banking program and Solomon Telekom, providing both fixed and
The joint venture partnership with the landowners has proven to be a
very successful model of how rural development can be implemented in
a very short period of time. GPPOL’s expansion plans will hopefully see
this rural development spread over a much broader geographical area
over the next few years.
In 2010 GPPOL will become a certified sustainable palm oil producer
through the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil initiative (RSPO). RSPO
unites stakeholders from the seven sectors of the palm oil industry,
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producers, processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers,
investors, environmental or nature conservation NGO’s and social or
development NGOs, to develop and implement global standards for
sustainable palm oil production. The certification will be an important
milestone for Solomon Islands and GPPOL to be recognised as a social,
environmental and legally responsible palm oil producer.
Contact: T: +677 21003/21005 W: www.nbpol.com.pg
Despite the recent global economic downturn, banks, although cautious
in their lending policy are continuing to expand client services. Westpac Bank - Celebrating 25 Years of Serving the
There are three private banks in the Solomon Islands. These are: Solomon Islands Community
Bank of South Pacific (BSP)
In 2010, Westpac celebrates 25 years of serving the Solomon Islands
T: +677 21874 W: www.bsp.com.sb
community. The bank opened in Honiara in 1985 following a request
This is a branch of Papua New Guinea’s BSP operation. It has a wide
from the then-prime minister, Solomon Mamalone. Westpac consolidated
network of offices and agents throughout the Solomon Islands.
its position in 1988 with the purchase of the Hong Kong and Shanghai
The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) Banking Corporation’s South Pacific operations.
T: +677 21111 W: www.anz.solomonislands
Today, Westpac Solomon Islands provides business and consumer
This is an Australian bank that has been aggressive in promoting rural
banking and financial services to more than 5,000 customers. The reach of
banking. It has a good network in the Solomon Islands and operates a
services will soon be expanded through a number of electronic banking
mobile banking service to cater for the villages.
initiatives designed to make banking easier, faster and more secure. These
The Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) include mobile telephone banking, outlets in remote locations to provide
T: +677 21222 W: www.westpac.com.sb limited services and facilities for larger corporations to better manage
This is another Australian bank with a focus on business banking. (see multiple-country accounts through online services. The electronic
story Chapter 2) network of banking services complements the centrally located main
branch in Honiara. The branch provides a full range of banking services
Then there is the Central Bank including overseas transfers, payroll services and trade finance. A Gold
The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands (CBSI) issues currency notes Card area provides specialised service for high value customers. Westpac
and coins, manages the country’s foreign reserves, supervises the is perfectly positioned to provide banking and financial services for the
financial system and formulates and implements monetary policy in Solomon Islands’ budding tourism sector. Services such as Westpac’s
Solomon Islands. Internet Payment Gateway allows local operators to offer booking and
T: +677 21791 W: www.cbsi.com.sb payment services via the Internet, opening the window of opportunity
for the world to experience this tropical island as a tourist hotspot, a place
There has been international pressure from USA on all Government in to invest in and to conduct business.Westpac’s sustainability agenda has
the region to effect greater scrutiny and control on international financial seen the delivery of financial literacy workshops to various schools and
transactions to control terrorism and crime. Several bills to meet the new community groups. The workshops provide basic money management
international standards have been implemented over the recent two years skills. These will be complemented with the introduction of business skills
bringing the Solomon Islands into the International arena - the Central training sessions, targeted to small to medium size local enterprises.
Bank plays a significant role in this regard as the oversighting body.
Since Westpac’s arrival in the Solomon Islands, it has provided meaningful
employment and training to many local employees. There are currently
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50 local staff members, 10 of which have been with the Bank for more Construction & Engineering Works Sector
than 20 years. Their banking expertise combined with their knowledge The construction sector was one of only two economic sectors that
of the customs and businesses environment of the Solomon Islands is experienced positive growth in 2009 amounting to a 1.3% increase on
invaluable for customers. 2008 levels. Building activity around Honiara is vibrant with the newly
completed Heritage Park Hotel leading the charge. Other significant
They join more than 37,000 Westpac Group employees across the globe projects which will be completed in 2010 include the Town Ground Sports
servicing 10 million customers, primarily in the Western Pacific region. Stadium, the Central Market Shopping Mall and the new headquarters for
The Westpac Group is considered one of the largest banks in the world, the Bank of the South Pacific. Chinatown continues to expand with new
by capitalisation, and one of a few with a AA rating by Standards & Poor’s. retail shops opening on a frequent basis.
Contact: Craig Lonergan, General Manager Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) forecasts a growth rate in 2010
T: +677 21 222 F: +677 24 957 of 7.7%. This is mainly due to the increase in building approvals along
W: www.westpac.sb with Bemobile’s entry into the telecommunications market and the
subsequent construction of mobile towers.
During 2008, 146 new buildings valued at over SBD$61 million were
approved. Whilst final figures are not yet available, January to September
2009 saw 152 new buildings valued at over SBD$87 million approved. Of
these, 97 were residential, 52 commercial/ industrial, and 3 other. This
spending will spread over a few years.
Rural and Provincial Work
Much work is yet to be done on the infrastructure development programme
funded through aid partners. Increased funding has seen an increase in
road and bridge works along with the soon to commence upgrading of 10
wharf sites around the country (see Infrastructure Sector, Chapter 2).
The Solomon Islands is also littered with vessels from failure to maintain and
upgrade navigational aids. Ship maintenance is poor and slipway operators
with any real skills are almost non-existent. This aspect of transport
infrastructure and compliance with marine regulations is yet to be properly
addressed. Each of these leads to commercial opportunities.
The further development of the energy and water supply sectors
throughout the country will provide much needed growth of the civil,
mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering fields. Bio-diesel fuel and
coconut oil generators may provide opportunities for chemical engineering,
as well as further construction and installation work. Hydro and solar power
for rural areas will also lead to much needed work.
The upgrade of airstrips (all weather), the technology and construction
associated with the installation of essential navigational aids will also
provide work in the Provinces as these programmes are carried out as part
of infrastructure development.
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Maintenance & Re-Engineering Forestry Sector
With these construction and engineering programmes in place, added Historically, the Solomon Islands have relied heavily on the logging
to the existing lack of maintenance of capital infrastructure, there are industry for its export earnings and employment. The sector consists
tremendous opportunities for maintenance and re-engineering. There is of round log exports, domestic & export sawmilling and an emerging
little evidence that this aspect of built environment has been addressed. plantation based sub-sector.
The result has been the need to simply replace much of the capital
infrastructure and major plant previously purchased or installed during According to Central Bank data, the volume of logs exported in 2008
the eighties and nineties. hit a record level of 1.5 million cubic metres accounting for 16% of GDP,
SBD$974 million in export receipts and 13% of government revenue. The
For the construction and engineering sectors, this is an almost untapped majority of timber is sourced from native forests and has been harvested
field. The critical factor will be developing the opportunities to improve over many years at approximately 5.5 times the sustainable level. It has
the infrastructure investment effect through sound ongoing maintenance been estimated that SI native forests will be exhausted within 3 years.
and the concurrent training of staff through the TVET education.
2009 proved to be a sharply different economic result for the industry.
The forestry sector experienced a sharp fall in revenue of -28% from 2008
levels with log exports barely reaching 1 million cubic metres.
The global financial crisis saw overseas orders drying up and prices
plummeting during the year along with diminished logging activity due
to native stock depletion. This had a significant impact on Government
revenue for the year and resulted in a revision of the budget in April 2009
and a subsequent reduction in spending.
The Central Bank assumes the sector will continue to fall in 2010 by
-7.3% due to terminal decline in stocks. Although there has been a
significant pick up in world demand for logs from the lows of early
2009, international log prices sourced from the World Bank continue the
downward trend that began towards the end of 2009.
The long term strategy for this sector is to develop sustainable
plantations. Currently there are only 2 such commercial plantations –
Kolombangara Forest Production Limited (KFPL) in the Western Province
and Eagon Pacific Plantation Limited in Central New Georgia. Both
plantations are between 12,000 and 14,000 hectares each.
KFPL is one of the few “sustainable” companies in the Pacific to have
achieved Forest Stewardship Council certification and therefore attracts
a premium on the sale price of its logs. It is a joint venture between the
state owned Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands (40%) and a US
investment fund (60%).
100% Korean owned company Eagon, was acquired from the government
in 1995 and exports mainly eucalypt logs to Korea.
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Opportunities Kolombangara Forest Products Limited (KFPL)
Kolombangara Forest Products Ltd
• Sustainable plantations Kolombangara Forest Products Limited (KFPL) in the Western Province was
• Value added timber eg timber milling, timber products founded in 1989 and is currently a joint venture between the Government
• High quality high value plantations eg teak, mahogany of the Solomon Islands represented by the Investment Corporation of the
Solomon Islands (ICSI) and the Tropical Timber Fund (TTF).
• Land tenure The global economic crisis significantly impacted KFPL operations and,
• Shipping frequency and reliability although not directly related, TTF intends to exit with impending changes
• Ports in ownership to be completed in 2010.
• Bureaucratic difficulties Sales volumes were 32,762 cubic metres in 2009 down by 49% from 2008
• Government regulations figures of 64,323 cubic metres. Revenue was down to US$ 2.4 million from
2008 figures of US$ 5.5 million.
Limited technical support and financial assistance is available at this stage According to Simon Le Gassicke, KFPL General Manager, the company
for plantation forests. was caught with considerable log stock which became unsalable
Contact Department of Forestry for more information. resulting in significant financial loss in 2008 and 2009. He expects KFPL
T: +677 24215/24611 to export more than 40,000 cubic metres during 2010 generating US$
3.2 million in revenue. Round logs will be exported predominantly
to Vietnam. Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and China. Less than 2% of
production stays in the Solomon Islands for domestic use.
KFPL continues to develop its 14,000 hectare hardwood timber plantation
principally Gmelina arborea (“White Teak”) and Eucalyptus deglupta. The
plantation also has about 15,000 ha of protected rainforest most of which
Trays of Seedlings in the KFPL Nursery
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The company has held full Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification Education Sector
Kolombangara Forest Products Ltd
since 1999 and continues to strive to apply best business practice. Education in the Solomon Islands is largely the responsibility of the
Demand for FSC timber is still a very small part of total demand with most public sector. There are 10 Provincial Authorities (including for Honiara
interest stemming from northern Europe and USA. City Council) under the Ministry, 14 Church and 7 Private Education
Authorities. Education is valued - most parents will make real sacrifices to
KFPL’s management practices are transparent and orientated for the long- meet their children’s desire to go to basic education and continue with
term. Annually FSC undertake an audit to confirm the principles are being secondary, vocational or higher education. However because of high fees
fully applied – this makes the FSC reputation meaningful. from year 10 (Senior Secondary School) onwards and other costs such as
The company was pleased to provide FSC certified sawn timber to Non for uniform, travel, school infrastructure projects many parents often find
Government Organisations who have honourably upheld their principles it hard to afford school costs at the higher levels of formal education.
when delivering assistance in the tsunami relief programme. Simon Le In 2009 the Solomon Islands government, with financial assistance
Gassicke said that management was a little disappointed with the fact
from Australia and New Zealand introduced fee free education for an
that some donor programmes preferred to import timber products rather
estimated 145,000 primary and junior school students. This is designed
than utilise domestic production. to encourage all children to have access to basic education regardless of
KFPL intends to expand its involvement in the Solomon Islands forestry financial circumstances.
sector as well as increase its own production in the medium term. A Another initiative being trialled in the Western Province is the One Laptop
change of ownership may also bring some degree of processing on shore Per Child (OLPC) programme. This programme is based on the concept
rather than exporting 98% of production as round logs. of low cost durable laptops being supplied to school children to enhance
Contact: General Manager, Simon Le Gassicke learning. The effects are currently being evaluated before expanding the
T: +677 60230 E: email@example.com program to more schools.
W: www.kfpl.com.sb Reform in Education
Since 2004 the Government has embarked on a Sector Wide Approach
(SWAp) which aims at a comprehensive and coherent review of
its complete education sector including Early Childhood, Primary,
Secondary, Technical Vocational Education and Training and Tertiary
Education, The Education Strategic Plan, 2004-2006 was produced and an
Education Sector Investment Programme, (ESIRP) phase I framework for
joint government and donor support (mainly from European Delegation
and NZAID) had been signed for the period 2004-2006 to start the
first sector wide programme in the country. Based on reviews and the
successes of the phase I, the same partners (the Government, EU and
NZAID) continued with an ESIRP, phase II .All stakeholders including
the Ministry, Education Authorities, NGO’s and the Development
Partners produced a detailed National Education Action Plan (NEAP),
2007-2009 and Education Strategic Framework (ESF), 2007-2015 to
Above - Mature Eucalyptus Forest guide the planning, implementation and monitoring of the different
Left - Plantation Worker education activities. In 2009 there were 2 main reviews of the education
programme; a review of the NEAP, 2007-2009 and a review of the SWAp-
mechanisms. The main outcomes were positive; a lot had been achieved
in the areas of access, enrolment rates had increased and many schools,
classrooms etc. had been constructed, however the quality of teaching
and learning, management issues such as teacher planning, data
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management and capable human resources in the education sector are 7. Infrastructure To develop and implement an improved infrastructure
seen as challenges. programme for primary and secondary education and TVET.
The Ministry produced a new National Education Action Plan, 2010-2012 8. Co-ordination To strengthen and improve linkages among central
and although the aims are the same, the focus in the coming years will be Government Ministries, provincial and church education authorities,
on the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning in all the sub and schools.
sectors; Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, TVET and Tertiary Education.
Active involvement of communities in the school development is another 9. School & Community Engagement To strengthen community
important strategy now and in the near future. Here below the goals, participation, school leadership and the role of the school
strategies and expected outcomes are presented: committees, as well as improving awareness of parents and members
of the public as to why education is important.
Three strategic goals proposed for the National Education Action Plan are: Outcomes
For Basic Education:
Strategic Goal 1: to achieve equitable access to education for all people Outcome 1 (Access and Equity): All children in the Solomon Islands
in the Solomon Islands; regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, location or disability have access
to Basic Education, which includes pre-school, primary, and secondary
Strategic Goal 2: to improve the quality of education in the Solomon junior school till Form 3, achieved through an adequate number of
Islands; and schools, classrooms, desks, dormitories and other infrastructure and
financial support from government and other stakeholders.
Strategic Goal 3: to manage resources efficiently and effectively.
For other levels and types of education:
Strategies Outcome 2 (Access and Equity): People in the Solomon Islands regardless
Nine key strategies have been developed as a focus for the period 2010 to of gender, ethnicity, religion, location or disability have improved access
2012. These are the following: to relevant, demand-oriented community, technical, vocational or tertiary
education achieved through an adequate number of schools or centres,
1. Planning and Management To strengthen the planning,
classrooms, desks, dormitories, equipment and other infrastructure and
management, co-ordination and monitoring of the sector–wide
financial support from government and other stakeholders.
approach to education, and in particular of NEAP (2010-2012).
In relation to the quality of education:
2. Policy Development To develop appropriate policies for the
Outcome 3 (Quality): All levels and dimensions of the Solomon Islands
education sector in the Solomon Islands.
education system consistently demonstrate standards of excellence
3. Basic Education To place priority on access to good quality Basic and deliver a quality education, which means a high quality of learning
Education for all children in the Solomon Islands. achieved through provision of an adequate number of qualified teachers
and other workers in the education sector, relevant national school
4. TVET To strengthen technical and vocational education and training curriculum and local curricula, an adequate number of modern, relevant
and ensure it is linked to labour demand in the work force. teaching and learning materials or facilities, and sound standards of
student literacy and numeracy.
5. HRD To develop and implement a programme of Human Resource
Development and capacity building. In relation to management:
Outcome 4 (Management): The management of the Solomon Islands
6. School Grants To maintain and implement an improved grants
education system is effective and efficient, including effective education
system to support school operations in primary and secondary
policy development, planning and budgeting, effective management of
human and financial resources, a sound system of monitoring, evaluation
and reporting and effective development of appropriate skills and
competencies in the education work force.
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The Education Sub Sectors Yet the Ministry and Education Authorities struggle to improve the
quality of teaching and learning. The drop out is still very high and
Early Childhood Education (ECE) seems to increase in relation with the level (13% at primary, 26% at
In 2008 a Policy Statement and Guidelines for Early Childhood Education secondary, 63% at senior secondary schools). Similarly, only 76% of the
(ECE) was approved by Cabinet, which promoted the integration of students complete primary education, 68.7% junior secondary and only
ECE-centres in the formal education system and the importance of ECE 23.8% of the students finalise senior secondary with Year 12. Generally,
for children of 3 up to 5 years. It supports the individual, social, cultural, students with disabilities are not provided with adequate facilities and
physical and mental development of children and also prepares the therefore only a few enrol; in primary schools just 2% of the total number
children for the more formal primary school. In 2008 there were 525 of students and increasingly less for higher levels. Although, more
registered centres in the country. An increasing number of ECE-teachers classrooms and schools have been built, classroom-student ratios have
is trained and according to the policy now also paid from the Ministry’s not improved because of the increased enrolment numbers. In particular
recurrent budget. Before the provision of ECE was mainly based on in urban centres, such as Honiara, the classrooms are overcrowded.
volunteering and community support. Yet the percentage of teachers
with the right level of training is low, only 19% (of the total working in The quality of pre-service teacher training has improved and more
ECE). Field based training in the communities aims to provide basic skills students have enrolled in the teacher training, but the ratio of ‘untrained
to ECE-facilitators and to bridge the gap of qualified personnel. teachers’ in the country is still high: only 59% has the right teacher
qualification for primary and 73% for secondary schools.
Basic Education and Secondary Education
The Coalition Government for National Unity and Rural Advancement Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
(CNURA) introduced Fee Free Basic Education for All since the beginning TVET has been supported by successive Solomon Islands governments.
of 2009. No public or Church school is allowed to charge school fees In 2005 a special TVET-policy was developed, ‘Education for Living’, which
from Year 1 up to Year 9. Several surveys indicated that the enrolment reflected a new phase in the government’s commitment to improve the
(including for girls) to schools compared to 2008 has indeed increased quality and relevance of programmes at the Rural Training Centres (RTC’s)
(e.g in Honiara with 9.6% more children for primary and 6.7% for and build capacity of the Solomon Islands Association of Vocational and
secondary schools, 13% growth in enrolment for primary schools and Rural Training Centres (SIAVRTC) and the TVET-division in the Ministry.
secondary schools in Guadalcanal and 9.22% for primary schools in A financing agreement with the European Union was signed in October
Central province and 23% more children for secondary, of which the 2007 to support the government with 8.2 million Euro to develop the
major share are girls). TVET-sub sector. The project purpose is to enhance the quality of skill
training provision in the country. New or upgraded curricula for courses in
The other good news is that Net Enrolment Rates have strongly grown high demand and capacity building for RTC-managers and TVET-division
in primary schools from 56% in 1999 to 94% in 2008. The Ministry is also are proposed as main strategies to improve the training and education in
making progress towards one of the other Millennium Development the TVET-sub sector. Yet this important programme has still to start.
Goals for education, namely gender parity. Data show that the gap
between girls and boys decreases with 94% of girls and 95% of boys There are 34 RTC’s in the country and all fall under the responsibility of
going to school. The influx of young children into primary education had Church Authorities. Also other non-state actors provide TVET, such as
positive influence on secondary education where higher net enrolment NGO’s, community based organisations and private institutions. The
ratios can be seen as well, In 2008 the net enrolment rate was 31% Teachers’ College in Vanga, Western Province, is the only institution which
at Junior Secondary School level. Here it seems that more girls than prepares instructors for the RTC’s and provides practical skills training.
boys enter that level. More school are built, in particular Community It does this consistently by a ‘learning by doing’ approach. The RTC’s
High Schools which provide more places for students. In 2008 a total enrolled 2753 students for short and longer term courses. More male
of 161 CHS was registered. New learner outcome oriented curriculum (73%) than women (27%) do participate in courses such as carpentry,
is developed and new text books and teacher guides are regularly life skills, mechanics, building and agriculture. The majority of RTC’s
published and distributed to schools. Teacher training has been reviewed struggle with outdated curricula, lack of updated equipment and modern
and 406 new teachers enrolled in training in 2009 for different levels. tools and limited financial support. Yet there is a growing demand from
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students who drop out from Junior and Senior secondary schools in What the country can expect from the education reform
particular for basic business, computing, secretarial, administrative
assistant skills. From the private sector there is a general demand for It is hoped that a number of areas of general concern will be addressed
improved quality and relevance of the courses. over the medium term (to 2015).
Some communities and Churches have developed Community Learning • Improvement of the quality of teaching and learning. A focus on
Centres as well who mainly provide livelihood and life skills programmes learning outcomes is critical and better outcomes can be achieved
by ensuring that curricula are relevant, teachers are trained, regularly
Higher vocational and technical education is provided by the Solomon inspected and the promotion of innovative learning strategies
Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE), with schools for Education, which include interactive computer technology, distance learning,
Industrial development, Finance and Administration, Marine and assessment strategies and other flexible strategies across all sectors
Fisheries, Natural Resources, Nursing and recently Tourism. Enrolment has
increased strongly over the years and 2708 students enrolled in 2009 for • The gradual removal of disparity in access, quality of education and
six schools, excluding for Tourism. literacy and numeracy levels between rural areas and provincial or
Literacy and Numeracy
At this moment of writing, the outcomes of the new population census • The human resources – skills and attitudes of education officers
are not known. But according to the 1999 Census Report, adult literacy at the national and provincial level and teachers’ skills must be
has improved since independence in 1978. The 2002 UNHDR-report improved to organise a more effective and efficient education
states that the approximate average literacy level was 76%, with wide service. A series of measures need to be taken; review of the
variations from one region to another and between the genders. It should education structure (e.g. of the National Ministry and Education
be noted, however, that these figures, taken from the 1999 national Authorities), capacity building for education staff and systematic
census, are self-reported and not compiled from a formal demonstration high quality in-service training for teachers and the reallocation of
of literacy skills (Springfield, 2006). The last literacy survey, where reading financial resources on these quality items.
and writing skills were formally assessed was in 1991. This study assigned • Increased active involvement of school committees and boards
a literacy rate of 69% for men and 56% for adult women. Although to promote stronger ownership for school development by
actual and accurate literacy data are not available, it is expected that communities.
literacy rates have increased overall as a consequence of many education
investments towards Education for All by the Government, supported by • Tougher control and sanctions for teachers who are absent.
Development Partners in the period 2003 to date. However, MEHRD-data
from the SISTA (Solomon Islands Standardised Test of Achievements) in • Improved management of the scholarship award systems to close
2005 and 2006 for literacy and numeracy in Year 4 and Year 6 of selected the skills gap by improved efficiency, stricter monitoring of student
schools were worrying, in particular for literacy the majority of the results and the introduction of cost sharing principles.
students did underachieve. The majority scored higher for numeracy,
• Improved data management for information based planning and
but still large numbers did not match the standards in both years, in
particular in Year 6
• More investments in the TVET and national Tertiary sub sectors;
adapt training to skills and labour demand, higher involvement from
private sector and regional linkages with professional and tertiary
education providers in the region and the matching of national
standards with these regional systems.
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Don Bosco Technical Institute Currently there are 196 students enrolled for 2010 and 77 students
Don Bosco Technical Institute
Don Bosco Technical Institute
completing their final on-the –job year. Courses are subsidized by the
Few who have been in business will argue that well trained staff are vital Government and the Salesians of Don Bosco with students contributing
to success. 40% via course fees. Scholarships are awarded to the two most
outstanding students in each course at the end of their first year.
Skilled workers from many disciplines are often in short supply in the
Solomon Islands however there is one technical institute that had been “We encourage companies to become leaders of corporate social
producing work ready graduates for over 10 years. responsibility in the Solomon Islands by sponsoring a student thoughout
their studies and then offering them employment once they have
Don Bosco Technical Institute is run by the Salesians of Don Bosco who
graduated.” Says Fr. Ambrose.
are a worldwide International Congregation catering for the young.
Currently they have 16,500 members and are working in 131 countries. The Don Bosco Technical Institute has identified additional trades most
needed by the business community and hope to offer them in the
The Institute has 2 campuses situated on Guadalcanal. One is the Don
future. These include computer technology, information technology and
Bosco Technical Institute at Henderson that offers courses in auto-
mechanics, electrical, carpentry, life skills and machine fitting. The other
is the Don Bosco Rural Training Centre at Tetere that offers training in Contact: Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb
agriculture and animal husbandry. T: + 677 36512 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
All courses are three years in duration with the final year having an ‘on the
job’ component. At the end of the second year, the National Trade, Training
and Testing Unit evaluate all students and grades them accordingly.
“Besides training the technical skills required to be proficient in industry,
we also stress the much needed values of discipline, punctuality,
honesty, humility and commitment thoughtout the course” says Institute
Rector Fr. Ambrose.
Carpentry Students at Don Bosco Institute Electrical Students at Don Bosco Institute
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Employment Sector Fisheries Sector
The majority of adult Solomon Islanders are engaged in informal volunteer The Solomon Islands lies in one of the worlds richest fishing grounds and
work or are self-employed. These include subsistence farming to meet its sea area covers a total of 1.6 million square kilometres of ocean. The
family needs, fishing and growing vegetables and fruit for local markets in fisheries sector is the third largest earner after forestry and agriculture in
urban centres and small-scale producers of export commodities. Less than the Solomon Islands. In 2009, revenue from this sector was SBD$101.4
25% of the population is involved in any paid work. million with revenue from fishing licences alone totalling SBD$90.9
There is no accurate data on employment numbers in the Solomon million.
Islands. However, data available from the National Provident Fund for
Although the fisheries sector continued to increase for 3 consecutive
member contributions can be used as a proxy. The numbers indicate
quarters in 2009, overall the sector contracted by -3.9% on 2008 figures.
that formal employment in 2009 was 57168 up 1.5% from the previous
The Central Bank anticipates stronger growth in 2010 due to 3 additional
year. The government work force grew 3.7% to 12,782. A freeze on
boats added to the National Fisheries Development’s (NFD) fleet of purse
government recruitment has been in place since mid 2009 due to
seine vessels thereby increasing boat capacity. NFD is a SI registered
austerity measures announced by the government in response to a sharp
company owned and operated by Trimarine International, a world scale
decline in revenue due to the global financial crisis.
integrated tuna fishing and export company.
In terms of labour market regulations, the Labour (Minimum Rates of
Wages) Order of 1996 sets minimum wage rates and conditions for the Commercial fishing of tuna is dominated by licensed foreign vessels
Solomon Islands. The minimum wage rate currently effective 1st May with more than half of all exports currently made up of frozen fish with
2008 is SBD$3.20 for agriculture plantations and Fishing Sectors and no additional processing beyond freezing. Typically foreign boats do
SBD$4.00 for all industries. not land their catch for processing but ship it direct to Bangkok or other
Classification of employees by industries indicates that women continue markets as their countrys own export, or to their home country for
to dominate the education sector while men were largely in the domestic consumption or to re-export
agriculture and public administration sector.
Most on-shore fishing activity is based in Noro in the Western Province.
As of June 2009, males dominate employment with 74% of the paid jobs State owned Soltai Fishing and Processing Ltd. is the one major domestic
compared to women at only 26%. The largest age group in employment operator value adding in this sector. They provide freezing, canning,
are in the 40-49 age bracket with 41%. Of concern is the 14-29 age smoking and loining operations.
bracket which has only 6% in paid employment.
Currently over one in four people employed are in the agriculture and Soltai is facing a challenging future. Canning production for the domestic
fisheries sectors as the pie chart below indicates. With the sharp decline market is greatly reduced but should return to a greater volume later in
in output from the logging industry due to lack of native stock, this is 2010. The cannery provides work for more than 300 women in Noro.
likely to be significantly reduced in the near future. Tuna is the main export product and is exported to the European Union
Other12% Legislators, Senior Officials, Managers 4%
market where the Solomon Islands has preferential access. In 2009 it
Professionals 11% experienced a production fall however growth and maximum returns are
predicted to pick up in the years ahead.
Workers in Service
Shop & Market Sales 13% The Solomon Islands Government is well advanced in talks with a Korean
Machine Operators, fishing company to invest in a new cannery. Minister of Fisheries, Nollen
Assemblers 10% Leni announced on 12th March 2010 that cabinet had endorsed the
Skilled Agricultural 26% project which is expected to employ up to 3000 staff.
Craft & Related & Fishery Workers11%
Trades Workers 12%
Population 14 years and over currently active in paid work by occupation
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Opportunities Health Sector
Apart from tuna fishing, the following activities can be developed into a Solomon Islands is currently at various stages of the “health transition”
viable project: and as such, is facing the so-called “double burden” of disease
• Shore based development – processing facilities (communicable as well as non-communicable diseases). Injuries and
• Coastal /inshore resource development – diversification of traffic accidents also represent an ever-increasing burden in the country
resource use. and the term “triple burden” is used at times as is also the case in some
• Aquaculture other South Pacific countries.
• Game/ sport fishing Communicable diseases such as diarrhoea, dengue fever, tuberculosis,
• Leisure fishing Malaria and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a major concern.
Constraints The increasing impact of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as
• Lack of basic infrastructure obesity, diabetes and heart failure is already a serious health issue in
• Cost of fuel, telecommunications and transport many parts of the Pacific. The prevalence of obesity is on the rise in
• Land access may cause delays the Pacific as revealed by the WHO NCD STEPS surveys with Solomon
• Bureaucratic delays Islands having a rate of 45% in the age group 15-64 years being either
• Over-fishing overweight or obese.
Maternal mortality rate has improved in Solomon Islands but is still
• 3-6 years exemption of income tax on export
of concern with a rate of about 184/100,000 as compared to those of
• Enterprises which have a capital investment more than $10 million
Kiribati (MMR 103/100,000) and Vanuatu (MMR 96/100,000. As such, there
will have a tax holiday of 5 to 10 years.
is room for further reduction. Strengthening of reproductive health
• Extension of withholding tax on dividend paid to share holders can
services including family planning is indicated as the contraceptive
be sought from the Commissioner of Taxation.
prevalence rate (CPR) of any modern method is about 27 with a high total
• 5 – 10 years exemption of tax in respect of its income.
fertility rate (TFR) of 4.6.
Primary Health Care: After many years of effort, the geographic
distribution of health service facilities is relatively good. In many remote
areas and outer islands, there are health centres with community based
nurses and midwives, with some centres having a nurse practitioner and
santitation aides. This accounts for the high percentage of pregnant
women being cared for by skilled health personnel.
Unfortunately, in many cases, health service systems in Solomon Islands
do not function properly due to various reasons such as the lack of quality
staff, lack of financial resources, lack of support and supply of essential
resources and lack of proper management and supervision. Due to these
reasons, as well as low access and use of existing health service systems,
low coverage has been the result in Expanded Program of Immunisation
(EPI), Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) Mass Drug Administration (MDA) and real
Directly Observed Treatment (DOTs) coverage for Tuberculosis (TB) patients.
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Secondary and tertiary health service The National Referral Hospital and Donor Support
In Solomon Islands, the delivery of clinical care and progress towards the The National Referral Hospital also known as the Central Hospital or
health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are limited by a Number 9 (Number 9 camp for the US Army during World War 2) is the
continuing shortage of skilled health care workers and the cost of service major referral specialist hospital in the country. It receives thousands of
delivery. Small populations and health budgets mean it is not feasible for referrals from all over the country, and also has technical ties with highly
many of the smaller island states to train and retain a full range of clinicians specialist health professionals and hospitals in Australia and Taiwan.
with specialized skills, while small case loads and professional isolation
make it difficult for individual specialists to use and maintain their skills. The Government prioritises preventative and community health care,
Smaller countries are unlikely to become self-sufficient in the provision which is reflected in the annual health budget. It plans to upgrade
of secondary and tertiary health care in the foreseeable future and will and renovate all its primary health care infrastructure, reconditioned
remain reliant on larger Pacific island countries and more developed Pacific equipment, small mobile units that do not require sophisticated energy
neighbours for in-country and out-of-country specialist support. sources, systems for immunization and family planning.
Recent population-based studies have, however, found that there The Government is embarking on a Sector Wide Approach for health
has been some improvement in the Millennium Development Goals development with its current and interested new developing partners.
indicators concerned with infant and maternal mortality. Life expectancy The idea is to foster better coordination and integration with external
has risen by 10.5 years since 1986. Child mortality is down, although still and internal partners in health development around planning, financing
relatively high. and monitoring and evaluation. The ‘roll back malaria’ project has led to
malaria elimination activities and ‘healthy islands initiatives’ are among
The Government aims to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis, leprosy, the drivers keeping health development in motion. Rotary Clubs from
diabetes, malaria, acute respiratory infections, and diarrhoea, eye and Australia provide much support and goodwill through their efforts
skin diseases through its medical and educational programmes. This is a particularly in Honiara and major provincial centres. A recent innovation
primary aim of health workers. has included prosthetic technical support on Malaita and further
increases to the physiotherapy programmes.
Lifestyle and dietary changes have increased the risk of a number of
diseases. These include sexually transmitted infections particularly in Essentially the NRH exists to provide Referral Hospital Services for the rest
urban areas. The changes have also increased the risk of heart and kidney of the country and act also as the main hospital for the people of Honiara
disease as well as incidences of lung, colon and uterine cancer. These and Guadalcanal. In doing so it provides Primary, Secondary and tertiary
problems are more difficult to combat. Health Services in the hospital setting and sees approximately 110,000
non-inpatients per year through its various clinics and services and as
The Government through the Ministry of Health and Medical Services are
well over 11,000 inpatients who are usually admitted into the hospital for
embarking on new technologies and people-centred healthcare systems
more extended treatment. These patients tend to stay on average over 7
to address the health problems of this country.
days in hospital. 257 deaths were recorded in hospital last year which is
HIV and tobacco smoking are among the biggest concerns at the about 2.38% of all admissions.
moment, posing serious threats to Solomon Islanders’ health. A rise
There are over 540 staff employed to provide this service with about 300
in sexually transmitted diseases indicates risk behaviour among
doctors and nurses.
young adults. The National HIV Policy and multi-sectoral Strategic
plan 2005 - 2010 is gaining strength and momentum. One of the key Sector Wide Approach
positive changes is the increase in the number HIV prevention partner The goal of the Solomon Islands National Health Strategic Plan for 2006-
organizations to fight HIV and the stigma. 2010 is to support the Solomon Islands Government in achieving agreed
priority health outcomes through effective, efficient, and equitable
services responsive to the population’s health needs by focussing on
eight strategic areas.
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1. People Focus – to promote a people-centred approach to health. Infrastructure Sector
2. Public health programs – to strengthen public health functions to be Infrastructure development remains one of the greatest priorities for the
responsive to community health needs. Solomon Islands government in its aim to build economic growth. Power
3. Malaria – to reduce malaria incidence and mortality. and water are two crucial areas where there is still much work to be done.
4. Common childhood diseases – to reduce morbidity and mortality of Power
children less than 5 years of age due to common childhood illnesses. Diesel generated electricity is supplied by the Solomon Islands Electricity
5. Non-communicable diseases – to prevent, to moderate and to Authority (SIEA) to Honiara and the larger provincial centres of Noro,
control non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Gizo, Auki, Kirakira, Lata and Tulagi. Outside of SIEA supply areas, rural
6. HIV and sexually transmitted diseases – to ensure the burden of HIV electricity is largely small hydro electric or solar generators.
and AIDS will not undermine the health and wellbeing of the people Importing expensive diesel to generate power results in the cost of
of the Solomon Islands. electricity being one of the highest in the world – SBD$4.64 kw/h. To put
7. Family planning and reproductive health – to improve reproductive this in perspective, the average cost of electricity in Australia is SBD$1.20
health services and to increase the uptake of family planning kw/h – nearly a quarter of the price. In addition to this, loss of revenue
methods. from illegal connections was reported to be 27% of total output in 2008.
8. Health systems strengthening
Output from the Honiara power station struggles to keep up with
8.1. Accountability – to improve management and leadership demand resulting in regular power outages across the capital averaging
throughout the Ministry of Health to achieve health outcomes. 72 hours month. Rural areas can lose power for up to a week due to the
8.2. Infrastructure – to establish appropriate infrastructure reflective lack of spare parts and diesel needed to keep the generators operating.
of identified needs and resources. For this reason most businesses, public institutions like hospitals and
8.3. Information management – to redevelop and to increase schools, along with residential houses deem it vital to have back up
capacity and utilization of MoH health information systems. generators.
8.4. Organizational change – to create an enabling environment in High cost of electricity with unreliable supply all add to the cost of doing
MoH to adopt a people-centred approach to public health. business here in the Solomon Islands. However there are a number of
AusAID is supporting the Ministry through the Health Sector Support initiatives currently underway which hopefully will address this.
Program (HSSP), a sector-wide approach, that brings together donors The World Bank has been working with the SIEA to improve the reliability
to the health sector in a more harmonized, integrated effort to support and cost of power in the capital through the Solomon Islands Sustainable
the National Health Strategic Plan. HSSP’s objectives are to raise service Energy Project (SISEP) and, in the longer term, a planned hydropower
performance, improve the long term financial sustainability of public generation project on the nearby Tina River.
services, and improve the management of the health system over the
period of 2008-2012 and beyond. In particular, HSSP will support the The Solomon Islands Sustainable Energy Project became effective in
National Plan’s focus on people through a re-energized and refocused June 2009 and is designed to improve the financial operations, technical
health promotion initiative working directly with communities and operations and management of the SIEA. Additionally, an improvement
encouraging participation by all, reinvigorated malaria prevention and of the maintenance of generators is set to be carried out along with
control, and sustained health systems strengthening. the implementation of loss reduction schemes to protect the city from
continued power outages.
The Partnership Arrangement between the Solomon Islands
Government, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, and Health Tina River Hydro Development is currently in its early stages of
Development Partners including Government’s of Australia and Japan, planning with a feasibility study underway due for completion in early
World Bank, World Health Organization, UNICEF and UNFPA, and was 2011. It is estimated that if this project proceeds, then it will generate
signed on 18 April 2008 at the National Health Conference and witnessed approximately 50 % of total power needs of Guadalcanal. There would
by National and Provincial Health Authorities.
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also need to be a number of crucial steps taken before construction could Telecommunications
commence. These include changes in legislation, surveying of land, and Historically, all telecommunications in the Solomon Islands have been
identification of investors. provided by Solomon Telekom Limited (STL), a joint venture between
the National Provident Fund (64%), Cable & Wireless (32%) and the
Interest is growing in developing coconut fuel oil as an alternative to Government.
diesel. The government is looking at a pilot scheme involving the supply
of coconut fuel oil to a power plant in the remote Lata region. In 2009, the Government reached a settlement agreement with Solomon
Telekom to remove its monopoly on the market. The Government has
Water since licensed a second mobile operator, Bemobile, which is permitted to
Urban water supply is governed by the Solomon Islands Water Authority launch services after 1 April 2010 and must do so, under its licence, by 18
(SIWA) servicing Honiara, Auki, Tulagi and Noro. Water supply in rural June 2010.
areas has been the responsibility of individual villages, which are often
served by one central standpipe only. Also in 2009, the Telecommunications Act was passed. This envisages
further market liberalisation and creates the Telecommunications
Overall water supply is a serious problem with major investment needed Commission to act as the industry regulator. It is ultimately the decision
to upgrade pipes and tanks as well as install new treatment facilities and of the Telecommunications Commissioner what form liberalisation will
metering systems. take and to issue licences or general authorisations. However, under the
terms of the settlement agreement with STL, no additional operators, be
Another critical issue impacting supply is that SIWA is in financial
they fixed or mobile, may enter the market before 1 April 2011.
difficulty and unable to pay its SIEA power bill which currently stands at
SBD$16million and growing. As a result, SIEA has been forced to restrict Liberalisation of the telecoms sector is expected to result in lower prices,
power supply to SIWA resulting in the water authority’s pump stations greater choice and better quality over time.
becoming inoperable for 4 hours per day.
SIWA is cracking down on illegal water connections suspected to be up to STL, under its brand ‘Breeze’ offers a GSM service. After significant
50% of water used in a bid to increase revenue. subscriber growth, the network has suffered severe congestion problems.
STL is replacing the whole network and will also launch a 3G network,
Another complex issue affecting water supply in Honiara is the dispute
albeit the latter will probably only be available in Honiara initially. Both
between 2 sets of landowners which lay claim to owning the source of the
networks are being supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei and are due to
water. As a result, efforts have been made by traditional landowners to
come into service in April 2010.
block water at the source reducing flow by an estimated 50%. The Attorney
General’s Office is looking to resume the area as public land through a At the end of 2009, analysts estimated that mobile penetration stood at
settlement offer to land owners however that seems to have stalled. 10% representing 53,000 Breeze customers.
Tenders are being called in Japan under a Japan International Agency Bemobile has a licence to provide mobile services and may do so using
Cooperation (JICA) and SI Government Aid project to improve greatly the any technology. It has been issued a range of frequencies that would
Honiara water issue. However the success of this project is dependent on allow it to launch both GSM and 3G. Whether it will do so remains to be
the resumption of the land area in question. seen as no announcement of its intention, beyond a GSM network, has
been made as at March 2010. Huawei is supplying the network.
Under its licence, issued on 18 December 2009, Bemobile must meet
specific network roll-out milestones. Initial launch, within 6 months of
the date of issue of the licence, must cover an area in which 25% of the
population live. The licence includes further milestones culminating in
a requirement for its network to meet certain performance conditions
across an area in which 81% of the population live by 18 September 2011.
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While no new operator is permitted to launch before 1 April 2011, Internet services
the Telecommunications Commissioner has indicated his intention to Type Locations Description
offer a third mobile licence during 2010, subject to the results of prior Dial-up Anywhere with a telephone Prepaid and post-paid are available
consultation on the issue. anywhere as long as there is an
existing telephone connection.
WiFi Honiara (airport terminal Prepaid only, available in the
Fixed penetration is limited with about 12000 lines but performance
Hotspots buildings, most major hotels immediate vicinity of the hotspot.
is generally good. ADSL, typically at download speeds of 128kbps and selected other sites), Gizo
residentially and 512kbps to commercial premises, is available. There is (x3), Auki (x2), Noro, Munda
also a public-access pre-paid Wireless LAN service available in Honiara
ADSL Honiara Post-paid only. A wide variety of
under the “Bumblebee” brand name, provided by STL and available at
broadband packages are available.
hot-spots such as the airport and hotels. Solomon Telekom has managed
the Solomon Islands internet domain name .sb. Management will, in Wireless Gizo, Ringgi, Auki Prepaid and post-paid broadband
Broadband packages are available.
time, pass to the new telecoms regulator. Domain name registration
costs just over $150. CIRIC Honiara, Gizo, Ringgi, Auki Committed Information Rate Internet
Circuit - Post-paid only, available
Internet in Rural areas wirelessly (Gizo, Ringgi and Auki only)
The People First Network (PFNet), funded by UNDP and other donors, or via an existing telephone connection
is a non-profit Internet service with an internet café in Honiara and an (Honiara, Gizo, Ringgi and Auki).
expanding network of 25 workstations, that provides access to email
in rural and remote areas of the country using simple computers, short
wave radios and solar power. The European Union has also provided Source: Author/ Solomon Telekom Company Limited, July 2008
valuable funding for Internet access via satellite dishes in a number of
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Transport Infrastructure by Land and Sea funded according to maintenance needs and public demand. This new
arrangement will provide an improved, transparent approach to transport
Background infrastructure management, and provide a catalyst for attracting
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) vision is to provide increased maintenance funding.
“Effective transport infrastructure and transport services to support
sustained economic growth and social development in Solomon Islands”. Under the arrangements being established under the NTF, all
The core of this vision is sustainable maintenance of national and feeder maintenance work will be outsourced to private sector contractors.
roads, bridges, wharves and airfields that meets community expectations. However, given the dearth of contracting opportunities in Solomon
Islands over recent years, the contracting industry has been severely
In response, the Government, with Asian Development Bank (ADB) depleted both in terms of equipment and skilled personnel. To address
assistance, prepared a National Transport Plan to provide the strategic this issue several projects are being implemented by MID to support
framework for developing and maintaining physical infrastructure, development of contracting industry through training, capacity building
facilitating transport services, improving the capacity of government initiatives and business opportunities.
agencies, and increasing private sector participation. It is centred
on (i) rehabilitating high-priority roads and bridges on Guadalcanal Since 2008 a nationwide labour based road maintenance program has
and Malaita; (ii) extending such rehabilitation to other provinces; (iii) been implemented by MID to support the establishment of rural, small
strengthening the capacity of the MID to manage projects, contracts, scale contractors capable of maintaining low trafficked roads. As of
and road assets; and (iv) promoting the participation of the private mid 2010, approximately twenty long term maintenance contracts will
sector, communities, women, and youth groups in road maintenance be in place in 7 provinces. This approach is bringing both business and
(v) rehabilitating and maintaining domestic wharves in rural areas (vi) employment opportunities to the rural populations and ensures the
establishing a franchise shipping scheme to remote areas considered importance of road maintenance is embraced by the rural communities
commercially unviable, and (vii) developing and maintaining a as significant stakeholders in national transport.
nationwide network of aids to navigation.
This program will continue to expand over the coming years, with further
Since 2007, the MID and donor partners comprising ADB (lead transport labour based contracts being rolled out across the country. To support
sector donor), AusAID, NZAID, EC, JICA have taken steps to improve the contract supervision tasks young, talented national works supervisors
the performance of national transport infrastructure by supporting are being trained as part of the program for developing the consulting
policy change on road management, and implementing infrastructure engineering sector. These staff have specific duties to regularly monitor
construction/rehabilitation projects to assist reinstatement of transport to and evaluate maintenance contractor performance.
conditions comparable or better than those existing prior to the Tensions.
A major focus of the National Transport Plan is to improve access to
One of the key policy changes of MID has been the move away from rural communities. This important statement is a core policy of Solomon
the direct implementation of works toward a greater emphasis on Islands Government. Recognizing that the Solomon Islands has special
sector planning, governance and outsourcing of all maintenance and logistical challenges in terms of both inter island and intra island
construction work. In support of this policy Solomon Islands Roads transport, the key to improving transport services and rural access is to
Improvement Project (SIRIP 2007-2012) is currently developing capacity provide integrated transport. That is, roads with well maintained bridges,
within MID for policy development, planning and programming, that serves well maintained wharves and jetties. Improved intra and inter-
regulation, asset management, administration, contract supervision, island transport is a key requirement: (i) if producers are to be connected
quality assurance, and private sector participation in road maintenance. to domestic and international markets; (ii) to enable labour mobility; and
(iii) to access social services.
Much of this work has been a precursor to the implementation of the
National Transport Fund (NTF) which will provide a funding source In 2010, the implementation of this policy is being realised through
for transport infrastructure maintenance from 2010. The NTF will be a number of initiatives including the construction of 25 river crossing
managed by the National Transport Board and will have a mandate structures on Makira, the improvement and replacement of structures
to ensure maintenance projects are appropriately prioritised and on West Guadalcanal, rehabilitation of roads and bridges on Malaita, and
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new bridges and wharves in various locations across Western, Choiseul economic development to take place. As cargo volume and passenger
and other Provinces. In addition, road conditions will be improved numbers increase, commercial services may well become sustainable
in almost all provinces through either rehabilitation or labour based and the focus can shift to other remote locations. The contracted supplier
maintenance activities. will be required to provide clear evidence of satisfactory financial
management, compliance with safety requirements and suitable marine
A constraining factor in infrastructure development in recent years insurance cover. This, combined with the new regulatory regime, will
however, has been recurrence of natural disasters and impacts of lead to better managed and structured domestic fleet and, in due course,
climate change. In the past few years, transport infrastructure has better quality of service to users in the community.
been impacted by tsunami, intense rainfall, deforestation and logging
activities. Combined with the sensitive location of most of the national The third is the rehabilitation or reconstruction of about 12 wharves
roads along the low lying coastal areas on almost all islands, has resulted and jetties throughout 7 provinces. The maritime civil work will be
in loss of expensive bridges and river crossing structures. The economic undertaken primarily in remote areas of the provinces that experience
impact of these infrastructure losses are significant, and cause much a greater incidence of poverty than national average. In this case a
social dislocation, with children unable to attend school, people unable total of 23 wharf-sites are being evaluated, out of which 12 will be
to access health care and increased costs of goods through higher selected for implementation. All provincial wharves evaluated were
transport costs. It also results in diversion of funds from future projects to constructed primarily for two main purposes: to collect copra from the
addressing these unscheduled projects. copra buying centres within the wharf areas; and to provide a means for
social economic and community needs of the provinces. All wharves are
Consequently, under the current works programs much more investment either in total disrepair and unusable, or still in use but unsafe for public
is being made on climate change mitigation, with greater focus on river use. The main objective is to facilitate increased economic and social
bank protection, high level bridges on major rivers, longer low level activities and accessibility in remote provincial areas by rehabilitating
bridges, bitumen sealing of road surfaces where economically affordable. or reconstructing the identified wharves and jetties. The restoration of
accessibility and improved transport connectivity to adjacent rural areas
In the maritime sector, three major initiatives are being progressed with
will therefore allow a resumption of or an improvement in, the efficiency
overseas donor funding. The first is the establishment of the Solomon
of economic activities and improved access to social services, including
Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA), addressing the largely
public health and education facilities. The project will also make the
dysfunctional SI maritime regulatory regime. This will bring proper
wharves less vulnerable to climate change and natural hazards.
regulation to the domestic shipping industry and facilitate orderly
development through better managed vessel operations and compliance After falling into disrepair, the Solomon Islands network of navigation aids
with SI maritime laws and international conventions (IMO etc.). This (lights, day marks and buoys) has been upgraded with the construction of
in turn will lead to easier commercial finance for vessels and shipping forty plus units spread throughout Solomon Islands. These aids, funded
operations. Part of this project is a reform of maritime laws which will by overseas donors, address SI obligations under international maritime
place SI in the forefront in the region. SIMSA will be established by conventions and provide significant benefit to the shipping industry,
Ministry of Infrastructure Development with guidance from a two-year both domestic and overseas vessels, either calling in Solomon Islands
Technical Assistance project. or on international routes passing through Solomon Islands waters. The
new aids, as well as substantially increasing safety of navigation, will have
The second is the development and implementation of a SI Government
economic benefits by providing more efficient vessel routing and by
franchise shipping scheme that will provide incentive for private-sector
developing tourism by encouraging calls by cruise vessels.
ship operators to provide reliable regular calls at remote locations where
insufficient passenger numbers and cargo volumes have previously made
commercial shipping services unsustainable. The scheme, expected
to run for ten years, is funded initially by overseas donors but will
eventually be funded by SI Government as its capability develops. It will
aim to provide services initially to seven target areas. The objective of
the scheme is to provide frequent and reliable ship calls that will allow
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Major Projects in Progress in 2010 Shipping
Below is a list of donor funded projects that are underway in 2010 under Inter-island sea and air travel is still unreliable, inefficient and costly. Most
the MID. Under this ambitious program MID limited personnel resources local sea freight and passenger service providers are constrained by
are fully engaged in their implementation. inadequate funds, and increasingly expensive vessels in need of either
replacement or substantial upgrading. These problems are aggravated
• Solomon Islands Road Improvement Project (ADB, AusAID, NZAID) by high fuel costs and price fluctuations in the market. Ferries have a
• Solomon Islands 2nd Road Improvement Project (ADB, EC, AusAID, reputation for unreliability and breakdown. Prices are affordable though,
NZAID) and three classes are usually offered on larger ships, the first-class
• Solomon Islands Emergency Assistance Project (ADB, EC) providing adequate air-conditioned salons and seating. Toilet facilities are
• Community Sector Program (AusAID)
• Rapid Employment Program (World Bank) The 2009 Diagnostic Trade Integrated Study (DTS) highlighted that
• Preparing the Domestic Maritime Support Project and Technical around 35 ships operate in the deregulated industry, yet co-ordination
Support Program (ADB) remains poor. For example boats supplying smaller areas do not
co-ordinate their activities to bring back agricultural products. Most
• Domestic Maritime Support Project (ADB, EC.)
operators are now from the private sector, often just operating one boat.
• Establishment of the Solomon Islands Maritime Administration There are now dedicated high-speed passenger sea services between
(ADB, EC) Honiara, Western Province and Auki in Malaita.
• Preparing the Transport Sector Development Project (ADB)
Many outer islands are inadequately served due to the un-economic
Major Achievements in 2010 viability for private operators. A joint ABD/EU sponsored project is currently
being established that will create a framework for the granting of licences
• Outsourcing of all road and bridge maintenance;
to run subsidised services to approximately seven remote locations.
• Establishment of Labour Based Contracting Industry to maintain
roads and bridges in Rural Provinces of Temotu, Malaita, Makira, Inter-island cargo prices and schedules are rarely published and tend to
Choiseul, Western, Renbel and Isabel; be on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis at the wharf. There is now a need for greater co-
• Navigational Aids put into service in Guadalcanal, Malaita, Central, ordination and distribution of shipping information.
Western and Isabel Provinces
International incoming freight is offered by international lines such as
• Commencement of work in Makira Province on construction of 25 Sofrana, China Navigation, Niugini, Pacific Line, Great Bali Hai, and Chief
river crossing structures including bridges and causeways by an Container Service. The shipping agent for the above shipping links,
international contractor; is TRADCO (Ph: 22588 & Fax: 23887, PO Box 114, and e-mail: tradco@
• Commencement of work on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of solomon.com.sb).
12 wharves and jetties in the provinces.
• Rehabilitation/Construction of 4 wharves, 1 jetty, 51 km roads and 19
bridges in Western and Choiseul Provinces; • Ship/Boat maintenance
• Development of National Contracting Industry with major road, • Streamlined inter-island shipping/cargo booking agency
bridge and wharf construction contracts awarded to national
contractors; • Charter boating and tourism
• Establishment of Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration
• Establishment of the National Transport Fund;
• Establishment of Franchise Shipping Scheme;
• Establishment of National Consulting Engineering Capacity for
design and supervision of civil works contracts;
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Constraints Because of the poor conditions, some of these runways are often
closed temporarily by the civil aviation authority causing cancellation
• Safety: Many boats are in need of upgrade and repair. Overloading is
or rerouting of domestic flights. Support from aid partners is critical for
navigational aids and a greater commitment to maintenance at airline
• Maintenance of wharves and ports and navigational aids destinations, including passenger facilities, is essential.
• Unreliability of services Construction and engineering programmes need to be put in place.
• Mother Nature: Weather conditions and natural events may delay or Through the existing lack of maintenance of capital infrastructure, there
prevent ships from travelling. are tremendous opportunities for maintenance and re-engineering.
The result has been the need to simply replace much of the capital
Aviation and Airports infrastructure and major plant previously purchased or installed
The years of conflict and tensions, and economic and fiscal crisis required during the eighties and nineties. Much work is yet to be done on the
that most transport infrastructure maintenance be shelved. This has infrastructure development programme funded through aid partners.
severely undermined most transport infrastructures nationwide. The The upgrade of airstrips (all weather), the technology and construction
capacity of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development to plan and associated with the installation of essential navigational aids will also
coordinate responses has inevitably also been weakened by lack of staff provide work in Provinces as these programmes are carried out as part of
and institutional capacity. infrastructure development.
The severe resource constraint that prevented development and For the construction and engineering sectors, this is an almost untapped
maintenance in recent years is, however, now lessening and significant field. The critical factor will be developing the opportunities to improve
financial resources are becoming available for rehabilitation, capital the infrastructure investment effect through sound ongoing maintenance
investment, and maintenance. In order that best use can be made and the concurrent training of staff through the TVET education.
of these new funds, greater reliance is expected to be placed on the
private sector, allowing Government to concentrate its efforts on
policy development, regulation, asset management and contract • Infrastructure development in airfields and associated facilities.
• Helicopter and Plane charter services. Currently there is only one
The lack of proper infrastructure has to date, impeded economic and helicopter charter service and two plane charter service operators
tourism growth and the country will not achieve economic growth until • Tourism
reliable and competitive transport services are established in the country.
At present, Solomon Airlines, Our Airline and Pacific Blue provide a total
• Lack of proper maintenance of airfields
of six international flights per week to Honiara from Brisbane, Australia. In
addition, Air Niugini operates four flights per week to Honiara from Port • Unreliable domestic air service
Moresby and Nadi and Air Pacific operates one flight per week from Nadi
• Mother Nature – Tsunamis and earthquakes can impact on
through Port Vila to Honiara. The current frequency of international flights
infrastructure and reliability of services.
to Solomon Islands appears to be adequate, however, higher airfare and
tariffs, and unreliable domestic airline services is making Solomon Islands
quite an unattractive destination for holiday travellers.
At present, the Honiara International Airport is the only port of entry
for international flights. While the airport runway and facilities at the
Honiara International Airport are adequate, most of the airport runways
and facilities in over twenty airline destinations throughout the country
including the Honiara domestic airport terminal are poorly maintained
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The Mining Sector Government Incentives
Gold Ridge Mining
The Solomon Islands sits within the rich mineral arc that stretches • Exemption of with holding tax on dividends paid to shareholders.
between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Survey information points • 40% write off on depreciation in the first year and 5% per annum
to a variety of mineral deposits capable of development in the long thereafter when constructing a factory.
term – gold, copper, nickel, molybdenum and massive undersea sulphide
deposits. • 50% depreciation of capital expenditure (excluding land).
• 150% tax deduction for expenses incurred in overseas promotional
The main mineral extraction activity in recent years had been confined programs once approved by the Commissioner of Income Tax.
to gold with a 2 year period of operation of the Gold Ridge lease on
Guadalcanal under its former owners Ross Mining. This mine was partially
destroyed and rendered inoperable during the civil unrest between
2000-2003. In 2005, Australian based “Australian Solomon Gold” (ASG) Gold Ridge Mining – Industry Hope For The Future
commenced work to re-open the mine. In late 2009, Allied Gold, an History may recognise this development as being significant culturally,
Australian based firm with existing gold mining operations in Papua New socially and economically for the people of the Solomon Islands.
Guinea gained control of ASG. It is anticipated that Allied Gold will begin
In 1994 the Solomon Islands Government sold the Gold Ridge Mining
producing gold at Gold Ridge in the first quarter of 2011.
project to Saracen Minerals Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the Australian oil
Before the ethnic tension in 2000, the mining sector had contributed and coal mining company Crusader Limited. In March 1995 it was sold
about 30% towards the country’s GDP. Once production commences, Gold to Ross Mining N L. On May 1, 2000, Delta Gold Ltd purchased all of the
Ridge Mine could potentially offset a large share of the export and job shares of Ross and became the owner of GRML, the owner and operator
losses from the declining logging industry. Local employment is predicted of the Gold Ridge Project. Delta Gold was forced to abandon the mine
to rise from 180 to 500 workers once the mine is fully operational. in June 2000 because of the civil unrest on Guadalcanal. Commercial
production during a time of less than 2 years, over 210,000 ounces of
With the issuance of about 57 exploration licences in the past two years, gold was produced. In January 2002 Delta Gold merged with Goldfields
the imminent opening of Gold Ridge mine and the increase in world to form Aurion Gold which was subsequently taken over by Placer Dome
prices for gold and other commodities, this sector is ready to once again Inc. In December 2002, the AHAC paid out on the political risk policy to
be a significant contributor to the Solomon Islands economy. Delta Gold and in return received ownership of the mine through a new
holding company, JV Mine. ASG acquired the Gold Ridge Project through
Opportunities an international bidding process that commenced in September 2004,
• Gold is found on the bigger islands such as Guadalcanal, Vangunu and took control of the Gold Ridge Project on May 30, 2005.
and Shortlands in the western Province.
In December 2009, Allied Gold acquired Australian Solomons Gold Ltd.
• Nickel is found on the islands of Isabel and Choisel Allied Gold’s move to reopen Gold Ridge Mine four months after it came
• Other minerals such as silver, copper, bauxite, phosphate, zinc and on board was a vote of confidence for a country where many foreign
gem stones are also found in other islands. investors still view as risky. They plan to employ over 500 people and
invest $SBD 1.2 Billion into redevelopment of the mine site. Production
Constraints is expected to recommence in the first quarter of 2011 with anticipated
• Solomon Islands Government is yet to develop a comprehensive output of 135,000 ounces a year for the first five years.
“Minerals and Mining Policy”. The 2009 Diagnostic Trade Integrated Study (DTIS) report anticipates
• Skilled labour force shortage for this industry. that this will equate to approximately one third of Solomon Islands
Current GDP. The GDP growth of 3.5% for 2010 is anticipated from mining
• Land Access
operations at Gold Ridge Mining is the next great hope for the Solomon
• Infrastructure Islands economy especially with the anticipated winding down of the
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logging industry. Up to 10 companies are currently prospecting for gold Manufacturing, Installation & Servicing Sector
Gold Ridge Mining
and nickel across the Islands. Statistics about growth in this sector are unavailable however anecdotal
evidence suggests that manufacturing activity has grown with the advent
Success at GRML mine is contingent on a number of factors. The of Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and its
most important being a close partnership between the company, the stabilizing influence to the country.
government and the landowners and their communities. Previous
experience from the logging industry and also from previous mine Manufacturing, servicing (except the servicing of ships undertaken
site owners, has lead to distrust and reduced co-operation with in Vella La Vella, Malaita, Florida and New Georgia) and maintenance
local communities. Responsible investment of returns is important industries are mainly operational in Honiara.
for the success of this and future projects. In the past, revenue to There has been some maintenance and servicing undertaken in provincial
tribal landowners has been mismanaged and wasted leaving entire capitals but this is not a robust activity away from the Ranadi Industrial
communities with nothing . Estate and Henderson Development. With unreliable electricity and more
Chairman of GRML, Mr Caruso said his company is committed to working recently water supply plus the lack of other supporting infrastructure,
with landowners to move the operation forward. “We remain committed industrial business development has been quite problematic.
to recognising and respecting the rights of landowners and communities Skilled tradesmen are now returning to the capital after a period of
and we will operate in consultation with landowners, local, provincial absence due to the ethnic tensions however there are still shortages of
and central governments in a culturally, socially and environmentally skilled workers in some areas.
responsible manner,” he said.
The most significant manufacturing is in food and beverage processing.
Part of the redevelopment plan is the relocation of communities near Companies such as Szetu Enterprises (bottled water and soft drink),
the Gold Ridge mine site to a safer location. Mr Caruso said there are Solomon Breweries, and Solomon Islands Tobacco all produce
four specific areas which have been identified where the people will be consumables for the local market. These are followed by building
relocated. The exercise will cost the company between $SBD 8 million materials and some milling activities.
and $10 million. Each community must first agree to the relocation, A policy of the government is to improve food security through locally
agree to the standard type of homes to be built, and agree on churches, grown and processed foodstuffs so as to achieve the implementation
schools, health, recreational centres and other infrastructure to be built. of its import substitution policy. Its capital building and construction
Negotiations have involved the Gold Ridge Community Land Council infrastructure programmes will likewise encourage growth of
whose chairman, Dick Douglas, is encouraging support of the land manufacturing to help support its policy implementation.
owners to allow social and economic development for the area.
A skilled and consistent workforce is also important. After many years • Cannery - fish, poultry, meat and agricultural crops
of unfriendly relations between the Solomon Islands National Union of
Workers (SINUW) and the various Companies which have owned the • Aqua-Cultural Sector Down stream processing
project, a historic collective agreement was signed in April 2010, allowing • Furniture Industry
open and transparent discussion for future workers terms and conditions.
Mr Caruso has said that they will recognise the rights of workers and Constraints
provide training and uplift the skills and qualifications of all employees. • Public Utility - Power & Water supply consistency and quality
This is a priority. Time will be the test of the promises made and their • Shortage of Land for new industries and land tenure
success. Allied Gold’s success is the litmus test for future investors. As Dick • Infrastructure - buildings, roads, inter - island shipping
Douglas said, “The world is watching us.”
Contact: Solomon Islands Gold Ridge Office
T: +677 38351 W: www.alliedgold.com.au • Check with the appropriate Ministry
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Retail Sector Crafts and Artefacts
Most retailers of products are based in Honiara - including food and Solomon Islanders are great craftsmen, making items with traditional
beverages imported for supermarkets and hotels. Importers will source (kastom) significance, decoration, and ceremonial function. Crafts include
for individuals and companies. weave work, wood and stone carving, and shell work of the highest
global standard, although sometimes quite expensive.
There are an abundance of retail outlets in Honiara with very similar
product lines. These well catered for outlets can be broken down into 2 The crafts industry continues to enjoy a revival with continuing interest
categories. Food/grocery store and department style stores. in traditional pieces, being reproduced at a high level and in demand and
use within the lifestyle of the village communities.
The food/grocery stores are small shop outlets, but most are happy to The growing realisation by the Government that the development of
wholesale as well as retail. They tend to sell predominately low cost the fledging Tourism industry can provide a cash stimulus to the rural
Chinese brands. Some stores are now importing more Western brands to areas will further develop this village level activity. Eco Tourism is the
cater for the demands of the Western market. focus. These visitors come to experience the rural village life and sales of
The department type stores import low cost mostly Chinese brands of handicraft at that level provide money and good returns to the carver.
electronics, kitchen ware, linen, plastic containers and household items. The carvings of the Solomon Islands are hand made, are of a high quality
Imitation brands are very common. and workmanship and are unique in the use of nautilus shell inlay work.
The product is readily exportable and faces no quarantine problems
There are also a number of roadside stalls selling noodles, tuna, bread
when imported to the home nations of tourists.
and cigarettes to constant foot traffic.
There are currently four supermarkets in Honiara and one in Gizo. These More Specialty stores:- such as books, shoes, clothing, jewellery, cameras,
supermarkets are small and offer limited product ranges in comparison to newsagents, health practitioners, computer games, toys, furniture,
Western supermarkets. linen, cosmetics, golf equipment, home accessories, arts and crafts,
coffee shops, baby accessories, gift shops, cinema, music, shoe repair/
Retail outlets in other major towns around Solomon Islands are minimal
keycutting/watch repair are just a few examples.
and products more costly due to transportation costs. Many of these
stores are owned by larger companies based in Honiara. These stores are *Proper market research should be conducted before entering into any of
mostly small grocery outlets with a small array of clothing and household these specialty lines. The future opening of the Town Ground’s shopping
items. There are few or no stores in most villages. The expansion of precinct and the Honiara Shopping Mall later in 2010 is focused on more
business in the outer regions is limited by village minimal requirements. new specialty stores.
There are specialty retail outlets in Honiara such as hardware, office Constraints
supplies, electronics, souvenirs, pharmaceuticals, beauticians, baking • Market size
supplies, vehicles, agricultural goods, air-conditioning, marine, and • Import delays, shortages of products have been known to happen
sporting equipment. Recently opened in the Heritage Hotel are two while waiting for the next shipment to arrive.
clothing boutiques catering for the higher end of the retail market.
• Irregular transport schedules to outer islands
Clothing stores tend to be restricted to low-cost new casual and island • Regular electricity supply - cold goods suffer with regular power
wear, or used designer wear imported by ‘second hand’ shops. outages.
• Use by dates:- expired grocery items are still regularly sold
• No consistent labelling laws. Product information does not have to
be in English.
There are no government incentives for this sector.
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Honiara Shopping Mall is expensive to rent or not available at all. It takes about 2 months for
Honiara Shopping Mall
materials to arrive from Korea therefore extra planning is required. The
rainy season at the beginning of the year also delayed the project.’
Future plans after the grand opening is to maximize synergy between
Kosol Group of Companies and their patrons by developing a customer
loyalty program to be introduced in 2012. The Kosol Group currently
owns the Hyundai vehicle dealership and car rentals in Solomon Islands.
The have plans to further expand into the retail and tourism sectors, with
the Honiara Shopping Mall being the first step.
Contact: James Kim
T: +677 7494846 E: email@example.com
Honiara Shopping Mall Under Construction
Honiara Shopping Mall is a multi-million dollar commercial complex
currently under construction adjacent to the main market in the heart of
Honiara’s CBD. Due for completion in the latter half of 2010, this three story
building will mark the start of a new era in retail shopping in Honiara.
This mixed use commercial complex will have a total of 50 retail and
specialty shops plus 10 office spaces. There will also be an alfresco café
and parking for 120 cars.
Management recognized that sufficient parking space was vital for a
successful shopping centre, especially as it is becoming increasingly
scarce in Honiara’s CBD.
James Kim, Financial Controller of Kosol Group of Companies who owns
the Shopping Mall, said ‘when we acquired the land, it reminded us of
the Myer Centre in Queen Street Mall Brisbane, Australia. We wanted to
recreate that same atmosphere here in Honiara.’
This concrete building has an international standard steel frame that
is engineered to withstand earthquakes and other Acts of God. The
finishings will use modern building materials, overseen by expatriate
managers to ensure a high quality final presentation.
‘It’s a challenge to construct a good quality building in Honiara,’ says
James Kim. ‘Supply of concrete is limited and heavy building equipment
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Tourism Sector Honiara has the only international airport in the Solomon Islands so all
To date, the Solomon Islands lag well behind its Pacific neighbours in inbound tourists must pass through the capital before catching domestic
exploiting its abundant natural beauty. The ethnic tensions from 1998 to flights to other islands. The current monopoly in the domestic market
2003 and again in 2006 at the time of the election of the Prime Minister, of the national carrier, Solomon Airlines is a major impediment to rapid
put the brakes on an already fledgling industry and rebuilding this sector growth in this sector. Reliability, capacity and cost are all factors that need
has been a slow process. to be addressed.
Visitor Arrivals Rooms and Beds
Visitor arrivals to the Solomon Islands in 2009 increased by 12.2 % to In 2009, a total of 134 hotels, motels and resorts were recorded
18,260 over the previous year. Of the total, 41% came for business and throughout the country (SIVB Report 2009). Of the total, 39
conferences; 29% came for holidays; 12% came to visit friends and establishments were registered in Western Province; 29 in Honiara City; 17
relatives; 4% were in transit; and 13% came for other purposes. in Malaita Province; 11 in Renbel Province; 10 each in Makira and Central
provinces; and 18 in the remaining provinces.
Australia made up 49% of the total visitor arrivals in 2009; followed by NZ
(7%); PNG (6%); USA (6%); Fiji (5%); and the remaining 27% came from In terms of rooms and beds, a total of 1,498 rooms which provided a total
over twenty other countries in Asia, Europe, America, and the Pacific. of 2,956 beds were recorded from the 134 establishments in 2009 (SIVB
Based on average visitors spend per visitor (IVS 2007), Solomon Islands Honiara-based establishments led the country with 854 rooms and 1,563
Visitors Bureau estimated the country received $200.8 million from beds; followed by Western Province with 289 rooms and 640 beds; Central
visitors spent on goods and services in the country in 2009 compared Province with 72 rooms and 154 beds; Renbel Province with 71 rooms
with $178.9 million in 2008. Prior to that, it is estimated the country and 154 beds; Makira Province with 57 rooms and 114 beds; Malaita
received $151.2 million on visitors spend in 2007. Province with 55 rooms and 98 beds; and 100 rooms and 233 beds in the
The increase in the country’s foreign exchange earnings from the increase
in visitors’ spending in the country is expected to continue over the next The opening of the new international class Heritage Hotel in Honiara
three years. accounted for a large percentage of the increase in beds in Honiara along
with the upgrading of both the King Solomon and Mendana Hotels. Gizo
Tourism Employment Hotel in the Western Province has recently been renovated, Tavanipupu
In 2009, a total of 1,097 people were employed in the accommodation Resort on Guadacanal has been re-opened and Solomon Islands newest
sector throughout Solomon Islands compared with 1,063 in the previous resort Papatura Resort in Isabel Province, all signal a growing confidence
year (SIVB Report 2009). Honiara-based hotels made up 56% of the total in this sector.
employment; followed by Western Province (20%); Central Province (6%);
Renbel Province (5%); and six other provinces (13%). More eco lodges and village stays are expected to be established over the
next two years to cater for the diver and surfer market. The industry now
Airline Competition needs a one point internet reference site for the international traveller.
The Solomon Islands Government introduced competition on the
international routes in 2008 which has allowed Pacific Blue (Virgin) to operate The market trend shows that recreational divers dominate the
a twice weekly service Honiara to Brisbane along with Solomon Airlines. composition of holiday visitors. Surfing is also attracting a growing
The perception of the travelling public on the safety and desirability of numbers.
the Solomon Islands as a travel destination was greatly improved with the
arrival of Pacific Blue. Solomon Airlines uplifted 53% of the total visitors from
Australia; followed by Pacific Blue (41%); and others (6%).
Currently the tourist industry is based primarily in Honiara and the
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Foreign Investment Strategic Plan 2007-2010
The new Foreign Investment Act 2007 has significantly reduced the Under its Three Year Strategic Plan 2007-2010 launched in September
waiting period for applications to be processed. Most of the applications 2007, the Visitors Bureau aims to achieve its visitors’ arrivals target of
from foreign investors in the tourism sector which had been approved 20,000 by 2010. If achieved, this would bring an estimated revenue of
by the Foreign Investment Board are in the areas of accommodation, SBD$220 million into the country’s economy. The provisional statistics
restaurants, transport, and associated activities. for the first quarter of 2010 indicated the target is achievable by the end
of the year. Last year, Solomon Islands received 18,260 overseas visitors
Statistics received from the Foreign Investment Division in October 2008 which exceeds Visitors Bureau’s target of 18,000 visitors for 2009.
put the total number of new and existing tourism investment projects
at 39 establishments with an investment value of $565.9 million and As part of its new direction, the Visitors Bureau will improve the country’s
130 jobs being created. However, data is not available to determine how brand name, standardize its positioning statement and adopt a trade
many of these tourism projects have actually started; new capital injected name during the first year. Except for the trade name, the Visitors Bureau
into the country; or how many new people were employed during the has reinforced the country’s brand name in its promotional campaigns;
period. and positioned the country as an authentic, eco-tourism holiday
destination in its marketing campaigns.
The increase in foreign investment on SMEs in the tourism industry in
One of the Visitors Bureau’s key strategies to achieve its visitors’ arrivals
Solomon Islands is expected to continue over the next three years.
target by 2010 was to upgrade its website and manpower skills in order
Any tourist operators in the country are required under the SIVB Act 1996 to increase the use of its website for marketing and promotional activities
to register with and obtain an operating licence from SIVB (T: +677 22442, over the next three years. Since its launching in April 2009, the Visitors
F: +677 23986 Address: PO Box 321, Honiara). Bureau’s new website has recorded a steady growth in the number of
visitors who continue to visit the website.
Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau
Similarly, the Visitors Bureau saw the need to conduct public relations
During the past five years, Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has
campaigns in Australia in order to increase consumer awareness and
consistently carried out its role and functions as outlined under the
improve Solomon Islands image following the negative publicity
SIVB Act 1996: to encourage, promote, and develop tourism in Solomon
on events of the recent past. A PR company in Australia had been
Islands. Under-resourced, the Visitors Bureau has focussed mainly on
commissioned and has been carrying out PR and media campaigns
marketing and promoting the Solomon Islands as a viable, attractive and
in Australia for the past two years. The PR campaign in Australia was
alternative destination for holiday travellers to the South Pacific.
successfully completed in March 2010 and the Visitors Bureau is satisfied
The negative effects of the ethnic tension in 1999, the riot in Honiara with the advertising and publicity value achieved.
in 2006, and the earthquake and tsunami which devastated Western Opportunities
Province in April 2007 has not made things easier for the Visitors Bureau
• Ecotourism – pristine environment and some of the world’s best
in carrying out its marketing and promotional activities during this
• Development of Resorts and Hotels
In spite of these setbacks, the Visitors Bureau’s marketing and • Tourism operators may engage in
promotional activities have contributed positively to the growth in visitor
• Dive tourism
and tourist arrivals to Solomon Islands from 9,400 visitors in 2005 to
18,260 visitors in 2009. Since 2005, the Visitors Bureau has been able to • Adventure tourism
improve its bed levy collections and control its spending compared with • Game fishing
previous years. The increased revenue and cost-savings has enabled the • Kayaking
Visitors Bureau to increase its marketing and promotional activities over
• Village stay tourism
the past five years.
• World War 2 Heritage tourism
• Surfing expeditions
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Constraints Travel Agents in Honiara
• Tourism infrastructure
Guadalcanal Travel Services Solomon Airlines
• Inter islands transport costs are high and not always reliable
PO Box 114 Honiara PO Box 23, Honiara
• Shortage of tourism skilled labour T: 677 25887/22586, F: 677 26184 T: 677 20152, F: 677 23992
• Communication costs and quality E: firstname.lastname@example.org E: email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.flysolomons.com
Government Incentives: Pacifica Travel Centre Travel Solomons
• Up to 10 years tax free holiday PO Box 1977, Honiara Karen Foimua; Managing Director
T: 677 39100, F: 677 39101 PO Box 1784, Honiara.
• The capacity to carry forward losses for up to 5 years
E: email@example.com T: 677 24081 M: 677 7489974
• Depreciation on capital expenditure of 50% in the first year and 5% firstname.lastname@example.org F: 677 24223
per annum thereafter for capital expansion email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Double deduction for expenditure on apprenticeships and tertiary
• 150% deduction for cost of inter province transport of raw materials
• 150% deduction for export promotion expenditure
• Duty free entry for capital equipment and draw back on re-export
• Free movement of capital and profit remittance
The following websites contain useful tourist information
Refer to Appendix for listing of available accommodation throughout the
Refer to Infrastructure Section – Aviation (Chapter 2) and Appendix for
International Airline Schedule.
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Papatura Island Resort Besides increasing tourist numbers to Solomon Islands, this resort
Papatura Island Resort
Papatura Island Resort
The early success of the country’s latest resort, Papatura in Santa Isabel, is benefits the local community by giving them the opportunity to start
testimony that investment confidence is building in Solomon Islands. At their own microbusinesses.
a time when the tourist industry is still shaking off the devastating effects
of the global financial crisis, Papatura sends a strong message that this ‘Some people have started their own tours and sight seeing trips’ Nick
country has something unique to offer the world. says. ‘We are encouraging them to offer village stays as a future source of
Opened in 2009, the resort offers surfing, fishing and snorkelling for
holiday makers looking to get off the well worn tourist tracks. It has The locals also benefit through direct employment, sub contracting and
enjoyed solid bookings since opening with plenty of repeat guests supply of building materials as well as providing fresh fruit, vegetables,
booked through to 2011. and seafood to the resort.
Family owned Australian company Go Tours Travel, developed the resort Papatura is also the agent for Suavanao air strip which was left
because as Nick Blanche, Reservations Manager says ‘We love Solomon unattended and unkempt after a logging camp moved out. Recently Go
Islands and its people. We have been in the travel industry for many Tours opened of new leaf haus terminal and are pleased to say that the
years specializing in Solomon Islands, and recognised the need for airstrip is now one of the best maintained in the country.
international standard tourist accommodation outside of the main island As soon as Telekom provides internet access to the area, resort owners
of Guadalcanal’. plan to open a post office and bank branch. This will enable local school
Australian based Nick and his parents Peter and Marg who live and work teachers, nurses and government employees easy access to their wages
on Papatura Island, started the building process in 2008. They have leased rather than travelling 5 hours by boat to Buala or flying to Honiara.
the island from the Isabel Provincial Government and have an agreement With all money being poured back into the facilities at Papatura,
with the reef owners which enables their guests to enjoy the waterways Isabel Province can be proud to offer to the world a new, exciting and
for surfing, fishing and recreational activities. international standard tourist destination.
Contact: Go Tours Travel
T: +61 755279855 W: www.papatura.com
Papatura Island Retreat Reception Water Activities at Papatura
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Chapter Three - Setting Up a Business
At an investment conference held by the Pacific Island Chamber of
Commerce in Brisbane 2009 to which many interested parties in the
future of the Solomon Islands participated, one of the speakers stated,
“The Solomon Islands has many investment opportunities however
it has its challenges – the best way to sum it up is the IT IS FRONTIER
If the opportunities and the environment for business are viewed with
this perception then an investor will succeed in the Solomon Islands.
Patience, perseverance, flexibility, a willingness to learn and appreciate
other points of view and understanding will enable progress and success
to be achieved. It is an environment where an investor should not look
at quick short-term success – it is a process involving the investor and his
relationship and goodwill that are developed with the Solomon Islanders.
The necessary laws and regulations are all there and the recent financial
legislation enacted brings the Solomon Islands up to International
Standards. The country is ensuring it is not marginalised in the
International business arena due to lack of compliance of international
The outgoing Government has taken many steps to change the business
environment to be one that is much more user friendly. To this end it has
made good progress. It has now embarked on a retraining of the public
service – the outcome will be a more responsive and effective supply of
To invest in the Solomon Islands is now a good time provided one
understands that it is a Frontier Investment environment, which for
genuine long-term operators will ensure success for all concerned – the
investor and the Solomon Islands.
Industry Support for Businesses
When looking to market unsolicited product direct to the Solomon
Islands without having a representative on the Pacific Rim to go between,
traders should contact the export promotion unit of their own country’s
Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commissions (PITIC) facilitates trade
and investment relationships between the Pacific Islands and the region.
T: +61 2 9290 2133 W: www.pitic.org.au
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A number of trade associations are active in the Solomon Islands SICCI’s Values
and provide assistance across a wide range of areas to potential and Collaboration SICCI encourages collaboration between business,
existing businesses. Of these, Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce government and other development partners.
and Industry (SICCI) is the largest and recently received European
Union funding to expand and enhance its services which include the Innovation SICCI supports innovative practices and new ways of
development of Provincial Chambers. making a difference.
Openness SICCI promotes openness with each other and our
1. Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) trading partners.
The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the peak
Professionalism SICCI is committed to the highest professional
representative organisation for the private sector in Solomon Islands.
standards in all that we do.
SICCI currently has over 75 members as well as a number of affiliations
to other national private sector organisations, covering approximately
80% of the Solomon Islands private sector workforce. SICCI continues to Services
be a strong advocate of private sector interests – for both small and large
companies alike – and aims to work constructively with the government, Advocacy and • Driving the agenda on three core issues: (1)
the Solomon Islands community and international donor organisations. representation Infrastructure; (2) Regulatory Environment (3)
SICCI is driven by its vision for the Solomon Islands, its own mission and
the values which govern the way it goes about its work. • Representing members on matters that are
important to them
SICCI vision for the Solomon Islands
“A prosperous and skilled nation underpinned by sustainable • Responding on behalf of members to
economic growth, leading to better lives for our people.” important national issues as they arise
throughout the year
SICCI mission Coordinating the • Building a relationship with all private sectors
“To make the Solomon Islands an internationally competitive place private sector through development of MOU
• Collaborating with NPSOs on major advocacy
issues and training and development
• Working constructively with employee groups
and government representatives
Membership • Holding an Annual Gala Night (inclusive
services of business awards) to celebrate the
achievements of the private sector
• Producing a monthly newsletter for members
• Providing regular networking opportunities
• Offering a range of training and development
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Members, partners and supporters of SICCI 6. Solomon Islands Chinese Association (SICA)
SICCI is a membership-driven organisation, relying on members for Is an information centre for the Chinese community visiting the Solomon
both resources and internal expertise. SICCI also recognises that other Islands for either business or pleasure. SICA can assist with immigration
organisations may want to be formally recognised as supporting the and legal requirements when setting up a business. They also work to
efforts of SICCI, and so SICCI provides mechanisms of association other maintain the long standing Chinese heritage in the Solomon Islands.
than direct membership for private sector organisations.
Contact: Matthew Quan
Contact: Calvin Ziru T: +677 22351 / +677 20838
T: +677 39542 E: email@example.com
W: www.solomonchamber.com.sb Direct sales: finding a customer
The Solomon Islands has no agency legislation and few agents and
2. Association of Solomon Island Manufacturers (ASIM) distributors by global standards as it is a small market. Most private
This was formed in 1998, to represent all local manufacturers. With 25 sector importers are either retailers or set up in a related service or in
current members, the Association represents manufacturers based in the manufacturing industry. Larger concerns order through their parent
Honiara and overseas, as well as builders, packers, and other associated companies, while smaller businesses source products through personal
industries. knowledge and contacts.
Contact: Peter Tam Established links with agencies and distributors abroad are often though
T: +677 30304 E: firstname.lastname@example.org not always, in Australia or New Zealand, also Japan for cars and Hong
Kong for some foods. Commercial Officers or Trade Directories at High
3. Business Council of Solomon Islands (BOCSI)
Commissions and Embassies prove very useful too, as well as trade
The Business Council of S.I. (BOCSI) Incorporated links private sector
magazines and the Internet.
organisations together and is also an advocate on National Issues. BOCSI
comprises of the membership of ASIM and Small and Medium Enterprises On the whole, potential buyers must have a clear idea of the
Council (SMEC) manufacturer and product they want, and about the reliability and
ease of acquiring spare parts. Although the market is price-sensitive,
Contact: Peter Tam
some products can be offered at a premium - as ever, it depends on the
T: +677 30304 E: email@example.com
product, the demand and the competition.
4. Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC)
The Solomon Islands government orders in bulk on purchase order
SISBEC is a not for profit organisation whose goal it is to assist, strengthen
through its own supply organisations, and tenders in the usual way. Its
and support the development of small businesses in the Solomon Islands
top priority is repayment of foreign debt (see Economic Overview) and
Contact: T: +677 26650 E: firstname.lastname@example.org the attraction of investment, and much of its equipment is aid-financed.
5. Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWBA) Its main trade links are with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Republic of
Is an organisation formed to encourage and support women in business China, the UK and Singapore. For advice on tendering for aid projects,
or about to do business in the Solomon Islands. It aims to tap economic consult your Trade or Commerce Department.
opportunities for women and provide a voice for women in both the
formal and informal sectors as they face many challenges. They also
aim to be partners in economic development by empowering women
to attend training and access finance, mentoring and networking with
government agencies and Non Government Organisations as well as
other pacific women in business.
Contact: Ning Gabrino
T: +677 26838/ 24348
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Advertising & Promotional Support Importers requirements
There are no specialised marketing and advertising companies in Once potential importers have been identified, you can send them your
Solomon Islands, however, the following organisations may be able to trade literature and price list direct. If you are exporting from a distant
assist: market, make sure your products have a long shelf life: shipping from the
USA for example, can take 95-125 days, taking into account handling at
The Solomon Islands Yellow Pages is a good first source for research origin and destination and clearance.
from Solomon Telekom. T: +677 21164 F: +677 24185 Address: PO Box
148 Honiara W: www.telekom.com.sb Your prices should be quoted if possible in SBD$, c&f or cif (cost,
insurance, & freight).
Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI): refer to
section above. Contact: T: +677 39542 F: +677 39544 Terms of trade
E: email@example.com. Importers may buy foreign exchange at normal cost for imports. Because
of the small size of the market and the flexible exchange rate, payment
BJS Events: Offers a range of promotional and marketing services.
can be asked up-front, although of course much will depend on demand
Contact: Monique Porras T: +677 21737 Address: PO Box 439 Honiara
for your product.
Documentation tends to be sight draft; payment against shipping
Access Plus: for signs and advertising and promotional material.
documents, and requesting letters of credit is feasible and - as in any
Contact: T: +677 22522 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
market - probably advisable.
Newspapers and Radio: A number of local daily and weekly newspapers
accept advertising, along with the government broadcasting corporation, Freight rates
SIBC. They offer commercial spots on radio which are avidly listened to Terms must be negotiated with your usual freighter, but as a general
for public service announcements by families, who often live on outlying indication only, the following rates could apply:
islands and may not have access to newspapers.
Contact: Manager Cornelius Rathamana T: +677 20051 F: +677 23159 Origin Container LCL/cubic meters
Address: PO Box 654, Honiara Australia AUD $3400 US $200
Commercial radio stations also offer contracted advertising services in New Zealand US $4800 US $285
prime time for a negotiated period (number of spots) fee. EU/UK US $4800
Singapore US $3300 US$380
Solomon Telekom Television has three VHF frequencies and one UHF
frequency. There is now one local television station, One News which US – West coast US $4500 US $500
is still in its infancy. One News is a fully locally owned Television News ROC US $3500
Company that was launched alongside the last Football World Cup in
Japan US $4500 US $200
2006.The company currently produces one hour of news, sports, business
and short TV magazine type programs. News times are 9pm every night 7 Hong Kong US $3100
days a week. The nightly bulletins are repeated at 7am the next morning.
They sell advertising and sponsored programs. LCL = Less than Container Load (part of container)
Contact: Dorothy Wickham T: +677 24446 E: email@example.com
Address: PO Box 851, Honiara
Many households have TVs receiving broadcasts from Australia, the BBC
World Service via international satellite.
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Shipping marks and Documentation Customs & Excise
A scheduled list of goods are exempt from customs duty, including
To facilitate clearance of your product your must have - sundry educational and health aids, goods for a charity, service or
industry’s own use, and MOU’s with foreign organisations. Check with
The original bill of lading, a certified combined invoice/certificate of
your Trade or Commerce Department.
value and origin acceptable to the Customs and Excise Division, a phyto-
sanitary certificate for rice, fresh fruit and vegetables (but not packaged Personal and business tax, import duties, and particularly export levies
frozen foods), a government veterinary officer’s certificate for live animals, including duty on log exports, are the country’s most important sources
birds and fish; and a certificate of age, authenticated by an Excise or other of government revenue.
government official in the country of origin for rum, brandy or whiskey. In recent years the percentage of import duties on the value of imports
declined; partly because of the complexity of the Solomon Islands tariff
If you are using SITPRO-aligned documentation systems, a special structure, and under-invoicing. As a result, the government has reduced
certified invoice overlay will enable the required declaration to be the tariff structure and removed export duty relief on logs.
reproduced on the lower quarter of the export invoice.
Solomon Islands uses a one-column metricated tariff structure, based on
the CCCN classification - there are no import preferences. Some duties
Contact: T: +677 22393 F: +677 21027
were high, but have been reduced, and most are now between 5-10%.
Address: PO Box 439, Honiara
Apart from excise and customs duty, the greatest impact on the price
of goods is the exchange rate. Check with your Trade or Commerce
Department, but some examples are as follows:
Live animals 5%
Meat, Fish 10%
Other food stuffs (Varying according to processing 20% 5% - 10%
Alcoholic beverages: Varies from some beers to SB$ 10/litre SB$ 100/litre
most spirits wines: SB$ 10/litre
Tobacco SB$ 660//kg, 396/kg
Cigarettes SB $1.25/stick
Minerals 5% 10%
Chemicals, pharmaceuticals 5% 10%
Metal articles 10%
Iron and Steel 5%
Ships transport equipment Free
Works of art 10%
Miscellaneous 5% 10%
Motor vehicles are now only 15%
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Restrictions which are enforced Existing goods tax rates are as follows:
Customs officials meet all flights and ship arrivals. Few goods are Category Rate
restricted, except all fruit, vegetables and animals, for which an import
General Rate on Imported goods 15%
permit is necessary, issued by the Agriculture Quarantine Section.
Bringing honey into the country is prohibited, an arrangement to protect Locally manufactured tinned fish, soap, lavatory paper, 10%
the local honey producing industry. biscuits, bread, nails, paint, soft drinks, livestock feeds, coffee,
Contact: T: +677 27987 Address: PO Box G13, Honiara noodles, honey, peanut butter, tobacco products, etc.
Other goods that may not enter the country without a police permit
include weapons, including guns and ammunition.
Sales tax applies to most sales and service provision in the Solomon
Contact: Police T: +677 23800 Address: PO Box G1723, Honiara.
Islands, as in the prescribed goods and services list below:
Pornography and recreational drugs are banned, and please check
Prescribed Goods Service Rates
the status of specific prescribed drugs and pharmaceuticals with your
own Trade or Commerce Department before negotiating their sale or Local and overseas telecommunications 10%
arranging their dispatch. Restaurant Services 10%
Some restrictions exist on importation of alcohol/tobacco products - Tickets purchased for overseas travel $10/ticket
check with your importer. Tickets purchased for domestic travel by air $10/ticket
Current Goods Tax Tickets purchased for domestic travel by sea 10%
Since 1992, Goods Tax is payable on a cif (cost, insurance & freight) basis, Hire of movie $2/tape/dvd
on the wholesale value of all goods manufactured in Solomon Islands,
Accounting, legal & security services 10%
and a range of imported goods.
Manufacturers and wholesale merchants must charge and remit tax on Real estate agency services 10%
the sales value of goods, unless a goods tax number is quoted by the Sale of petrol 10c/lt
customer, or the goods or purchaser is specifically exempt. Sale of diesel 10c/lt
Video equipment hire 10%
Computer equipment hire 10%
Hiring/leasing of vessel and aircraft 10%
Hiring/leasing of plant, machinery & equipment 10%
Electronic repairs and equipment 10%
Services provided by hairdresser, beauty shops 10%
Casino entrance fee $5
Laundry services 10%
Tyres services 10%
Professional Services 10%
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Credit References A number of lawyers practising in Honiara may be well positioned to offer
As with all markets, it is unlikely that your Trade or Commerce Department advice. A list of such professionals can be obtained from the Chamber of
or diplomatic representative will be able to offer credit references for Commerce & Industry T: +677 39542/39544 Address: PO Box 650, Honiara
companies who approach you, although many can offer advice on the E: firstname.lastname@example.org
standing and status of foreign firms. For advice on credit-worthiness, Solomon Islands courts administer the UK Statutes of General
international firms such as Dun and Bradstreet can be consulted. Application. The High Court of Solomon Islands is presided over by the
Exchange Control Chief Judge of the Solomon Islands, Sir Albert Palmer. The President of
The Central Bank administers exchange control, and all transactions the Court of Appeals is Sir Robin Auld who served on the Court of appeal
between residents and non-residents must have their approval, or under in the UK. T: +677 21632 Address PO Box 404, Honiara
certain circumstances, that of a commercial bank or authorised dealer. Local Courts are presided over by village elders, who hear relevant
Anyone who lives in the Solomon Islands is regarded as a permanent matters. Appeals relating to land are dealt with by Customary Land
resident for foreign exchange purposes unless they have been given Appeal Courts.
temporary residential status (such as a foreign citizen under contract to Debts (up to SBD$50,000) and other civil matters are dealt with in
work and reside in the Islands for a fixed term, who has no interest in any magistrates courts. Contractual matters (for instance, a dispute with a
business venture or real property in the Islands). building contractor) would be dealt with in the High Court.
Residents need exchange control approval to import or repatriate capital, The Bar Association of Solomon Islands is a professional body
profits, dividends, interest, royalties, borrowing from abroad, repayment representing over 80 practising lawyers. The current president is Rodney
of interest to foreign lenders, crediting of non-resident accounts, transfer Kingmele, T: +677 23886 E: RodneyK@sol-law.com.sb
of property to non-residents, the operation and settlement of inter-
company accounts, transfer abroad of the proceeds of sales of Solomon All transactions over this limit need to be applied for at the Central Bank.
Islands assets, direct investment abroad, the lending abroad of Solomon The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (T: +677 39542
Islands currency and the issuing, and registering and despatching of E: email@example.com) can provide a brief list of facilitators. Your own
benefits of shares in the name of non-residents. More information can be Trade or Commerce Department, or diplomatic representative should also
obtained from the Central Banks W: www.cbsi.com.sb be able to help, and further advice on requirements is obtainable from
the Foreign Investment Division at the Ministry of Commerce, Industries
Repatriation of profits and Employment T: +677 22856 W: www. investsolomons.gov.sb
A number of accountancy firms in Honiara can advise prospective
entrepreneurs setting up business in Solomon Islands, on whether Ombudsman
a permit is needed from the Central Bank of the Solomon Islands for The Solomon Islands Ombudsman’s office was set up in 1981 and is based
repatriation of profits, and how to go about getting it. The amount of on the British model. The role of the Office is to receive and investigate
money allowed to remit at any time without reference, is SBD$30,000 for complaints from the public on services provide by Government
individuals and SBD$50,000 for business transactions. departments, Ministries, provincial assemblies, police and various local
Intellectual Property The present Ombudsman’s term of 5 years commenced in 2006. A
Laws for patent and trademarks follow those of the UK, although recent
new office for the Ombudsman will be completed by mid 2010. The
changes may not be incorporated. Check with a lawyer or get advice from
Leadership Code Commission will be sharing the same premises. These
the Registrar General T: +677 21048 Address: PO Box 404, Honiara.
two important constitutional bodies are now fully resourced - a factor
Redress in case of problems that over recent years has hindered their effectiveness.
Diplomatic representatives may be able to establish whether there has
been a misunderstanding, or otherwise advise you, but will not be able to
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Registering your Business Companies
Private and public companies must be registered in Solomon Islands, and A private company must have at least two members, and is limited to fifty
registration fees vary with the complexity of the company although they shareholders (with some exceptions, where they do not need to file accounts)
start at a very modest level. and a public company must have at least seven shareholders (although
under the new act described below, this requirement will be at least 51
Registering a straight-forward business previously took up to six months.
shareholders). Submission of audited accounts annually is obligatory.
New rules have made this easier. Accounting practices in Honiara can
help facilitate this. If any shares or part of a company is owned by non-Solomon Islanders,
The Chamber of Commerce & Industry could provide a list: such company’s establishment and name must be approved by the
T: +677 39542 F: +677 39544 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Minister of Commerce. Its Memorandum and Articles of Association must
Address: PO Box 650, Honiara then be submitted to the Registrar of Companies (T: +677 24692 Address:
PO Box 404, Honiara). Check with the Registrar which documents and
Many aspects of business registration were simplified in 2006 and 2007.
returns are required under the Solomon Islands Companies Act. This
All foreign investment proposals must be put to the Director of the
may be quite a lengthy process, but a necessary one in order to obtain
Foreign Investment Division.
the Registrar’s Certificate of Incorporation, without which one cannot
T: +677 20521 Address: PO Box G26, Honiara
operate. The Registrar of Companies will hold, among other things, the
constitutional documents, the details of your registered office, the list
A straight forward foreign investment application may now take as of shareholders, directors, secretaries, managers, charges, shares and
little as two weeks to approve. This is part of significant encouragement debentures on issue. An annual return must be submitted.
packages to foreign investors and on which more details are provided
The Companies Act Reforms
elsewhere in the Directory.
A new Companies Act was passed by Parliament in March 2009 and is
All foreign investors are required to submit an annual survey form to the expected to come into force in the second half of 2010. The new Act will
Foreign Investment Division. greatly simplify the incorporation of companies, allowing for submission
of incorporation documents and annual returns electronically. The
All companies registered with the Registrar of Companies in Solomon
incorporation process is expected to take substantially less time as a
Islands, are required to submit an annual return to the Registrar.
result of the reforms.
Land Ownership The new Act will allow for the incorporation of a single shareholder/single
Development plans are often complicated by issues of land ownership. At director private company, and also provides for a new form of company
present, land can only be owned by indigenous Solomon Islanders, and called a community company. The community company must have as its
87% of the Islands are owned by tribal groups. This is a complex issue also principal objective the promotion of a community interest, and certain
dealt with in Chapter one. rules apply to the structure to ensure that all benefits remain within the
The rest is state owned and can only be leased out, through arrangement community.
with the Commissioner of Lands (Land Centre T: +677 28509 Address: PO Other highlights of the new Act include:
Box G38, Honiara) which can be time consuming. Title to land in Solomon
Islands may or may not be registered: some 80% of Solomon Islands is • the removal of the requirement to obtain the Minister of Commerce’s
communal land owned by clans, 12% is registered, and its ownership & approval for a company name;
boundaries are guaranteed. Only indigenous Solomon Islanders may be • the removal of the requirement to identify the company’s objects in
granted freehold rights. Others, including expatriate residents, may only the memorandum of association;
lease registered land. • the option of adopting model rules for a company to replace
memoranda and articles of association; and
• the removal of the requirement to have a company secretary or
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A new Companies (Insolvency and Receivership) Act will also commence The minimum wage currently effective May 1st 2008, is SBD$3.20 per
in 2010, providing a modern and up-to-date framework for companies hour for agriculture plantations and fishing sectors and SBD$4.00 per
which are insolvent or are placed in receivership. hour for all other industries. A shortage of skilled labour exists. Wages
and salary increases are usually negotiated between workers’ unions and
employers. Salary increases in the government sector often prompt pay
As part of the reform, the registry will be conducting a re-registration
rises of workers in the private sector.
process for all companies registered in Solomon Islands at the time the
Act commences. Each existing company will have 9 months from the Employment aspects are governed by labour legislation, and apart from trade
date of commencement of the Act to re-register, which will involve the union laws, labour legislation needs to be reviewed, to address the problem of
completion of a straight-forward form, and the inclusion of supporting high accident rates, particularly in the forestry, fishing and construction sectors.
documents to prove the company’s registration. Re-registration will be
The Department of Commerce, Industry and Employment (T: +677
free of charge, and relevant dates will be widely publicised.
28856 Address: PO Box G26, Honiara) deals with labour and employment
Work Permits legislation, the promotion of industrial relations, collective bargaining,
Non-citizens of Solomon Islands are only allowed to work in a job where arbitration, etc. The legislation governs written contracts of employment,
no suitably qualified Solomon Islander is available - this is strictly enforced. minimum wages, leave, sick and maternity pay, redundancy and disputes.
No payroll tax exists.
To take up such work - including voluntary and unpaid employment -
prospective employees must apply for a work permit from the Labour Unions and Disputes
Division (T: +677 25082 Address: PO Box G26, Honiara) before entering The largest of the dozen or so trade unions in the Solomon Islands is the
the country to take up employment, as well as a permit to enter and Solomon Islands National Union of Workers (SIPEU - Solomon Islands
reside in Solomon Islands. Public Employees Union T:+677 23108 Address: PO Box 14, Honiara).
Employers in the country can also inquire at the Labour Division front Other unions include for the public service, seamen, teachers, nurses and
desk about work permit requirements and the work permit process if they telecommunications workers. A council of Trade Unions at the national
are intending to employ a non-indigenous or foreign worker. centre, and two employers’ associations, also represent employees
- the two employers’ associations are the Chinese Association, and
Shareholding or ownership does not give an automatic right to a
the Chamber of Commerce and Employment. Relations are good and
work permit. However, the work permit system is lenient on investors.
problems are solved by consultation between the three parties.
Inquiries and applications for visa, resident and work permits should be
directed to the Commissioner of Labour at the Labour Division, and the The first and compulsory arbiter in a dispute is the Trade Disputes Panel
Director of Immigration, Immigration Division, Ministry of Commerce. (T: +677 23500 Address: PO Box 404, Honiara), and once the Panel is
Contact: T: +677 25082 Address: PO Box G26, Honiara involved, the right to strike is removed. Compensation for injury at work
and occupational illness is the office of the Workmen’s Compensation Act
Work permits need to be specific and all embracing. For instance a
- all employers are obliged to insure against such hazards but many do
technical advisor may not direct people but should only recommend
not do so.
others to do it. A trainer is just that (a mentor or counter-part support.
If a qualification is claimed, be sure that documentary evidence can be National Provident Find (NPF)
lodged. Non-indigenous workers must follow the conditions as set out Most employees in the Solomon Islands are members of a compulsory
in their work permits. Breaches to the conditions of a work permit may savings scheme, the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund. NPF
result in the revocation of such permit by the Commissioner of Labour and provides retirement and death benefits.
subsequently the permit to enter and reside by the Director of Immigration.
Employers contribute 12.5% of employees’ earnings to the NPF, which is
Labour Force made up of 7.5% from the employer and 5% from the employee’s salary.
At present almost three-quarters of people of working age, are engaged This is required for all staff including casual staff.
in village work only, and therefore rural development is a priority.
There’s no upper limit on how much employers or employees may
Proposals for projects outside Honiara would enjoy considerable interest.
contribute, but income tax legislation restricts the amount deductible
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Members may only withdraw their money once they are over 40 years of Company Tax
age, or upon retirement from employment, or while still in employment Company tax is 30% for companies incorporated in Solomon Islands, and
but over the age of 50. 35% for the rest. Resident companies may claim dividend payments as a
NPF may also guarantee two thirds of loans that employees wish to make deduction from taxable income provided Withholding tax has been paid
with commercial banks. as required (see Withholding Tax).
Particular rules apply for residents whose income is less than SBD$10,000.
Contact: NPF T: +677 21659 F: +677 20484 W: www.sinpf.org.sb Specific rules also apply for issue of bonuses, losses, tax credits for
Address: PO Box 619, Honiara business licence fees paid to provinces, and special classes of business
such as insurance or co-operative ventures. Also, various categories of
Income Tax income are tax-exempted, including income from fixed deposits with
The tax system is administered by central government, which levies
Solomon Island Banks up to SBD$5,000.
income tax, sales tax, goods tax, and customs and excise duties, stamp
duty and export tax. Indirect taxes are administered by Honiara City Three rates of diminishing return are:
Council and Provincial governments in order to secure revenue, through
licence fees and basic rates. Category Rate
Resident and non-resident individuals and companies pay tax on all income Immovables: buildings, fixtures and fittings, bridges, 5%
accrued or derived from the Solomon Islands, or received in the Islands. wharves, slipways, boilers and oil storage tanks
This tax is calculated over a calendar - (also financial) year, although Vehicles, vessels, aircraft and all plant and machinery 25%
businesses may adopt a different accounting period. Returns on income Assets as above used by a timber concessionaire in defined 35%
are due within three months of the balance date. circumstances and in certain building activity, and fixtures
PAYE (Pay As You Earn) tax applies on salaries, wages and allowances. and fittings associated with employee housing
Taxpayers deriving a business income must make quarterly payments
of provisional tax, on account of tax projection for the existing year. The Again, this serves as a guideline only, and one of Honiara’s accountancy
payments are credited at the annual assessment date. firms could provide further details, or contact Inland Revenue.
Contact: T: +677 28506 Address: PO Box G26, Honiara
Guidelines have been issued by Inland Revenue on exempt procedures
Tax on income, includes income from employment and services rendered,
for sales and goods tax, import duty and income tax.
rent, dividends, interest, pensions, alimonies, and amounts deemed as
income by legislation.
Most benefits in kind are taxable, including the value of free or subsidized Business owners and Solomon Islands residents are liable to deduct
housing, the private use of motor vehicles, and education allowances withholding tax on certain payments to both residents and non-residents;
provided by employers. Leave passage, medical expenses and employers’ the withholding tax must be paid within 15 days of the following month.
contribution to National Provident Fund are exempt.
Under a withholding system certain types of payments (listed below)
If one spouse’s income is less than SBD$7,800 per year, the income of require the payer to withhold a portion for direct remittance to Inland
a married couple is taxed jointly. Tax is payable on income less a basic Revenue. The amount withheld is a credit against the annual tax of the
personal exemption of SBD$7,800. recipient of the payment.
Details about other exemptions and deductions can be obtained from
one of Honiara’s accountancy firms or from Inland Revenue.
Contact: T: +677 27895 Address : PO Box G26, Honiara
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Jedom Organic Fruits
Jedom Organic Fruits
Payment to Non Residents Rate
Professional services 20%
Contracting including - installation, maintenance, 7.5%
construction, erection, clearing and draining
Income from ships and aircraft 5%
Insurance premiums and premiums on insurance 15%
Rent for hiring of films 5%
Pole and Line Fishermen 10%
Purse Seiner Fishermen 15%
Lease Income 15%
Management Services 35%
Payments to Residents Rate Jenny Keli with some of her products
Contracting including - installation, maintenance, 7.5%
construction, erection, clearing and draining Jenny Keli of Jedom Organic Fruits is a great example of a Solomon Island
woman achieving success in the business arena.
Fishing Operations 10% In 2004, Jenny began investigating ways to preserve excess fruit that
would have otherwise spoiled. Solomon Islands have some traditional
Lease of Property 10%
methods of preserving fruit, but these methods were not suitable for fruit
Sale of Cocoa NIL and nut production at a commercial level.
Sale of Copra NIL With the loan of a food dryer from Kastom Garden Association, Jedom
Sales of Marine Product 10% Organic Fruits Ltd was born. The name ‘Jedom’ is the combination of the
Stevedoring services 15% first initials of herself, husband and three children. The company has
never received any Solomon Island Government assistance or foreign aid
and is testament to Jenny and her family’s determination and hard work.
As well as her extended family, Jedom employs many young mothers and
Export Duty women helping her community and those families whose sole income
Export duty is payable on the fob (free on board) value of goods such as is often from her company. Jenny also encourages other local women to
un-milled timber, palm oil and kernels, under various conditions. Goods grow and then sell their raw produce to Jedom.
entered for re-export, exported on drawback, or samples, are exempt. Currently Jedom sells organic muesli, chips such as banana and taro,
Export duties no longer apply on cocoa beans, some fish, shells, corals dried fruits and nuts all sourced locally. She has also expanded into
and skins; 15% for some metal scrap; 20% for refined gold; 30% for some filleted fish. The dried fruits and nut products are packaged and sold
shells and rattans; 35-38% for some sawn logs; and to SBD$3.50 per litre in several retail outlets in Honiara such as El Shaddai, Lime Lounge,
for beers. Check the status of your goods with Customs and Excise. Cornerstone at Panatina Plaza and Rain Tree Café. Alternatively they can
be purchased directly from Jedom.
Contact T: +677 28144 F: +677 20788 Address: PO Box 26, Honiara
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Starting a business is never easy and Jedom has had its challenges over Chapter Four - The Environment for Business
Jedom Organic Fruits
the years. Developing the correct method of drying different types of fruit
and nuts has been very much a trial and error process. Currently Jenny is Geography and Geology
looking for land to expand her business which is operating from home. A Solomon Islands, one of the biggest Pacific island countries (together
shortage in packaging, labels and sometimes even produce is a constant with (Papua New Guinea and Fiji), is situated in the south-west Pacific,
challenge. about 1,800 km East of North Australia. The country is a double-chain
Jenny’s next major challenge is to receive Organic Certification. There are archipelago with total land area of over 30,000 square kilometres.
no set rules currently in the Solomon Islands for certification; therefore Of the 999 islands that make up the Solomon Islands, about 350 are
Jedom will need overseas assistance for this to happen. At the same time populated. There are 6 main islands, one which hosts the capital of
Jenny is working with Carolyn Daunt of BJS Group of Companies design Honiara on Guadacanal. The islands stretch across 1,300 km of the Pacific
section to modernise the company logo and packaging. Ocean. This expansive spread of its islands gives to the Solomon Islands
This local business is meeting new markets head on whilst helping others, an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 1.3 million square kilometres in
in particular women, through employment opportunities. Eventually total. Travel between individual islands is possible by outboard motor
Jenny hopes to provide healthy children’s snacks to the local market in and canoe, inter-island traders and ferries. There are weekly domestic
competition with the unhealthy alternatives. flights/charters to and from all provinces via Solomon Airlines. Currently
Solomon Airlines has three De Havilland Twin Otters and one Briton
Contact: Jenny & Don Keli Norman Islander planes servicing the islands.
T: +677 7472926/ 7456089 E: email@example.com Much of the inter-island communication is per radio, although telephone
radio and postal services link most bigger centres. Telephone, data,
fax, internet and email services are available in the capital Honiara, and
at provincial capitals of Auki (Malaita), Gizo, Munda & Noro (Western
province), Taro (Choiseul), Lata (Temotu), Kira Kira (Makira), Buala (Isabel),
and Tulagi (Central). (See Infrastructure Sector Chapter 2).
The islands, formed by fertile volcanic rock, are believed to have
erupted from the seabed some 25 million years ago, and were covered
by subsequent coral growth. Tectonic activity (known as the Pacific
Ring of Fire) continues. There are more than 900 earth tremors each
year, most of them to the north west of the island group, and often
unnoticed at the surface. Some volcanic activity also occurs, and five
volcanoes are active of which three are on shore. Extensive damage
from volcanic movement is rare however a recent earthquake
measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale originating 40km southeast of Gizo
at a depth of 10km, prompted a tsunami, believed to be between 2 and
10 metres high hit the Western Province on Monday 2nd of April 2007
affecting 36,500 people with 52 people confirmed dead. About 6,300
houses were damaged or destroyed across 304 communities in the
following areas; Choiseul, Gizo, Kolombangara, Munda, Noro, Ranongga,
Simbo, Shortland, and Vella La Vella.
Jedom’s new packaging design
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A variety of mineral deposits (gold, bauxite and nickel) occur across the European settlement was tried in 1568 with the arrival of Spaniard Alvara
group, although some of insufficient quality and quantity for commercial de Mendaña in search of King Solomon’s gold, but the islands proved
exploitation (see Mining chapter 2) and further complicated by land aggressive to foreigners and Mendana himself died of malaria. Spanish
ownership disputes (see Land chapter 3). Exploration for oil has been interest in the islands ended in 1606, and apart from some limited trading
named as a possibility, and has recently been embarked upon on islands and missionary work, the islands were largely neglected by the outside
off South Malaita. There are as yet no proven commercial volumes. world until the mid nineteenth century.
The island terrain is mostly covered with dense tropical rain forest, with In 1893 European colonization of the South Pacific led to the Solomon
coconut palms growing on the outer perimeter. Possums, bats and Islands becoming a British protectorate and bearing the name British
rodents are indigenous, while dogs, cats, pigs, cattle and horses were Solomon Islands Protectorate. The British aimed to stop so-called
introduced. The islands are known for a fantastic variety of insects and blackbirding (enforced recruitment and exportation of labour), head-
amphibian life and butterflies, as well as over 150 bird species and 70 hunting (which became more devastating with the introduction of
species of reptile. Many of the 15 snake varieties are not poisonous, and guns by Europeans) and the establishment and maintenance of order.
all land-based snakes are non-aggressive. Two sea snakes are poisonous British political, legal, and justice systems were established into the local
and may be aggressive. The seas are a diver’s paradise (see Diving, governance system, and Christianity had been introduced to some areas
Chapter 5), with a wealth of brilliantly coloured fish and coral. Frequently by as early as 1842.
you will see black tipped reef sharks and dolphins, and occasionally
World War II – In 1942 the Islands were invaded by the Japanese, who
whales, dugong and other types of sharks may also be seen.
moved down from the Shortland Islands in the North West, to establish a
Climate base on the island of Guadalcanal. They set Korean labourers to building
The islands have a tropical equatorial climate with high humidity an airstrip, recruited local villagers as unpaid labour, and laid claim to
sometimes reaching 90% saturation but modified by trade winds. The local clothing, property, crops, and other foodstuffs. American forces
temperature is a fairly consistent 28-30 C (80-84F) but in the evening countered the invasion and severe fighting followed on land and sea.
it may drop to 23 C throughout the year, and rain falls in short, heavy It is here that America suffered amongst her worst strategic sea defeats
bursts most of the year round, although the months between November ever, near the island of Savo, when the Americans first tried to recapture
and April are known as the rainy season. Rainfall is influenced by global the territory. The war eventually claimed 7,000 Americans and 39,000
weather conditions such as El Niño phenomenon. Japanese lives (including 15,000 at sea; 2,400 in air battles almost 14,000
Honiara’s annual rainfall is about 2,800mm (110”). Hurricane winds, in land battles, and 8,000 from starvation and disease). Many Islanders
known locally as cyclones, might occur between November and January, helped the Allied forces, especially as scouts or guerrillas, and received
but are mostly south moving and seldom cause damage. Daily sunshine military decorations for bravery (see War Memorial Story Chapter 4)
averages seven hours; sunrise is around 5:30 to 6:00 and the sun sets at Numerous friendships with Americans were formed, in contrast to the
about 6:00 to 6:30 pm. islanders earlier unpleasant experience with colonialism. One result was
the formation of the Ma’asina Rule (sometimes called Marching Rule)
History on the island of Malaita – a nationalist movement meaning “sibling
Pre-1942 – Habitation of the Islands started an estimated six thousand solidarity” in Kwaio language. Ma’asina Rule opposed co-operation
years ago, when a Neolithic south-east Asian population arrived – the first with the returning British government and its institutions, and pledged
Proto-Melanesians. Archaeological findings suggest that they settled as alliance with the United States. However, rebels were arrested heavy-
tribal villagers under chiefly rule and survived by hunting and growing handedly by the British in 1948.
crops. In about 2000 BC they appear to have been supplemented by the
Lapitans, who may have introduced ceramics and pottery to the islands. Post-1945 – The War was an economic disaster for the islands, as many
of the wealth-producing expatriates did not return afterwards. The
Archaeologists estimate that Polynesian settlers arrived about 1500 AD, previous capital had been destroyed, so a new centre of government was
absorbing into or conquering the indigenous population and raiding established around the wharves and ports and the new American airstrip
neighbouring island groups. Evidence shows that the Islanders practiced (Henderson Airfield) on Guadalcanal. The British learnt from the Massina
ancestor worship, and that blood feuds and cannibalism were common. incident, to respect islanders’ pride, and the process of self-government
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began with the establishment of democratically elected Local Councils old people under the traditional wantok social system, which instils
from 1952. Emphasis was on development of the economy and personal and family responsibility for the elderly.
improvements in healthcare and education. Independence from Britain
Solomon Island women bear on average 4.8 children, although the
was achieved 7 July 1978, when the Solomon Islands became the 37th
government is trying to reduce this figure to three children per core
member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Relations with Britain remain
family unit by year 2016. The average life expectancy of Solomon
nevertheless close, and many systems, such as legal and parliamentary
Islanders is 61 years for men and 62 for women. The gender balance at
procedures, are still based on the British model.
the moment is 107 males to 100 females.
Government At the time of the 1999 census, about 86% of the population lived in rural
Solomon Islands has an unicameral Parliamentary democracy with the villages mostly along the coasts, counting over sixty thousand (65,000)
British Monarch as Head of State, represented by a local Governor-General, households with an average of 71 persons per village and 6 people per
who is recommended to the Queen by National Parliament. The seventh household. Malaita (with the highest population), Western Province
and current Governor-General is Sir Frank Kabui. Parliament has 50 (second highest population), and Guadalcanal, accounted for 68% of the
members, including 24 Cabinet Ministers (see appendix), who elect the rural population; and until 1999 there was increasing migration towards
Prime Minister. General elections are held every four years, and the next Honiara, where 12% of the population lived – particularly from origin
elections will be held in mid 2010. Every Islander over 18 is entitled to vote. Malaita – and where many remained unemployed.
International relations are generally uncontroversial. The islands are Ninety per cent of Honiara’s residents were born elsewhere. The growth
members of many international organizations, including the UN, the rate of Honiara was 7% but the civil unrest halted this trend and caused
World Bank and the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone. people to return to Malaita causing ‘displacement’ of an estimated
Population 30 thousand people who left their homes/villages in search of safer
A population census is carried out roughly every ten years. The latest was accommodation and after, staying with family in Honiara to await
an EU-funded census project in 2009 the results of which will be released compensation payouts. In 1999, before the coup on 5th June 2000, only 16
in June 2010. percent of the population was considered ‘urban dwellers’ the migration to
Honiara is also motivated by a desire to find gainful employment. Only 23
Solomon Islands population is projected to be approximately 518,388 at percent of the population over 14 years old had employment at the time
end 2009. It is expected to rise to more than 577,179 by end 2014. 52% of of the Census, with 2.5 men employed for every woman.
the population are males and 48 % female.
The expatriate community usually numbers around one thousand, but
In 1997, before the civil unrest, the population was thought to be 426,000 numbers fluctuate continually as foreign projects are completed and
strong. The annual population growth rate was then 3.5% and although investors, aid workers, missionaries, and peacekeepers come and go.
the rate has reduced to about 2.8% now, it is still among the highest Foreign nationals are mainly from Australia, New Zealand, Britain and
growth rates in the world. At this growth rate, the 1999 population will USA. Most of them live in Honiara, with some aid and voluntary workers,
have doubled by 2024 and the population will have reached an estimated tour operators, and people working in the arts or capital projects,
one million people by 2033. on outlying islands. Islanders and expatriates socialise and work well
The population distribution is roughly 95% Melanesian; 3% Polynesian; together and live in the same residential areas. Much of the small Chinese
1.4% Micronesian; 0.4% European; and 0.1% Chinese, Filipino, Malaysian commercial community tends to live in one broad geographical location.
Origin. Relations between different communities are generally good, Language
however they were severely strained during the ethnic tension period There are claims that up to 110 different tribal languages and dialects
2000-2003 (see Historical Perspective and Political Overview Chapter 1). are spoken in Solomon Islands. As a result, most Islanders tend to
The Solomon Island population is very young, with 39% under the age communicate informally in Pijin Inglis, which is broken English. Pijin (see
of 15 years, which makes youth dependency very high. Generally, the back of book) as a lingua franca is constantly evolving and can initially
rate of economic growth has not been able to keep up with the rate of sound deceptively complex to newcomers, when spoken rapidly and with
population growth. Old age dependency is low, and relatives look after heavy intonation, but with a little effort becomes relatively easy for English
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speaking people to learn and make themselves understood. If you are Culture
visiting – and certainly, if you are planning to live in the Solomon Islands The social system in Solomon Islands is complex and self-contained.
for any length of time – you should try to master at least basic pijin – local Some groups are patrilineal, and some, matrilineal societies. Traditional
people appreciate it, and it will go a long way towards breaking down leadership is both a chiefly system of inherited leadership and acquired
barriers. The beginner’s guide at the back of this book will help you. competitive leadership sometimes called the “big man” system.
Nonetheless, for a number of years already, all education is conducted in Outside Honiara, the tendency is towards subsistence fishing and
English, and professional and management level Islanders speak English agriculture and hierarchical chief-led communities. Government supports
quite naturally and with sophistication. Most of the rest of the population the traditional wantok social safety net, traditional support systems of
can understand and speak basic formal English. The language for the church and family, and other mechanisms that promote personal and
business communications should be in straightforward, un-ambiguous family responsibility for vulnerable sectors of society. The responsibility
but courteous English. Meetings with business and political figures are to support the extended family is integral to the culture, impacting
also easily conducted in adequate English. Parliamentary debates are on commercial and domestic life. Islanders are never short of support
however often conducted in Pijin. and shelter from their wantoks (one-talks = those who speak the same
tribal language, who come from the same village). As a result, homes
and business places are often full of people enjoying hospitality and
Land-ownership is an important and emotional issue. Land is generally
owned by extended families, whether by custom or registration. This is
important to remember when setting up business.
Solomon Islanders are a spiritual nation. About 96% are Christian –
including the Anglicans (35%), Roman Catholic Faith (20%), Evangelical
(18%), Methodist (11%), Assembly of God, Seventh Day Adventist (10%);
and Baha’i Faith and Jehovah’s Witnesses. The different denominations
exist happily alongside one another, for instance, singing hymns together
at community events. There are a few Hindu and Muslim believers, also
happily integrated, and they tend to make domestic arrangements for
worship. Some areas particularly in Malaita, continue non-deity specific
practices, including some ancestor worship and animism, even among
some Christian communities.
Solomon Islanders generally follow their faith visibly and whole-
heartedly, and are disappointed by those who do not profess to one.
Many meetings begin with a prayer, and meals with grace.
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Chapter Five - Guide For New Residents & Visitors
bjs services for Useful information to know before your visit
Time: Solomon Islands is 11 hours ahead of GMT and one hour ahead of
new residents Eastern Australia Time
Weights and measures: Solomon Islands use the Standard International
units of measure, but some imperial system measures persist.
Currency and Money Matters
BJS group of companies offers a full range of The Solomon Islands Dollar was introduced in 1977.
Its value is determined by the Central Bank. Notes are in 2, 5, 10, 20,
services for the new resident 50 and 100 dollar denominations, and coins in values up to SBD$1. No
• Induction services - cultural and business restrictions exist on imports of currency, and individuals can take out
SBD$30,000 cash at any time without reference – for more, approval from
• Advice and counselling for new arrivals the Central Bank is required.
Contact: T: +677 21791 F: +67723513 Address: PO Box 634, Honiara
• Settling in packs
Travellers’ cheques and letters of credit can be brought in or taken out.
• Assistance with international pet relocation
Banks Opening hours
• Real estate rentals and property management
ANZ Bank 9:00am - 4:00pm on weekdays
• Work permit and residence visa assistance ANZ Bank Business Centre 9:00am - 5:00pm on weekdays
Bank South Pacific 8:30am - 3:00pm on weekdays
• Clearance of imported cars, government Westpac Bank 9:00am - 4:00pm on weekdays
registration and vehicle insurance
ATM’s Locations in Honiara
• Packing and uplifting of personal effects and ANZ Bank Point Cruz, Solomon Post Office,
specialised handicraft packing Panatina Plaza,
Henderson International Airport
• Shipping and customs clearance of
Westpac Bank Point Cruz, Mud Alley (between ‘BSP’ &
personal effects ‘Our Telekom’, Panatina Plaza
• And of course the Lime Lounge Café to meet new Bank South Pacific Point Cruz, Mud Alley
friends once you have settled in!
Opening a bank account is easy although patience is sometimes required
during busy periods. Cash is the preferred form of payment, but local
cheques (with a telephone number on the back) and credit cards are
For more information contact Monique on: accepted at some places. Defaulting cheques are often photocopied,
enlarged and displayed outside business premises. See elsewhere for a
list of banks and contact points.
T: +677 23508 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hours of Business The local shipping agent is Tradco Shipping Ltd.
In planning your business programme – or making business or Contact: T: +677 22588 F: +677 23887 E: email@example.com
household arrangements once you arrive, best allow for ‘Solomon time’. Address: PO Box 114, Honiara
Like most tropical countries, punctuality is given a low priority, but
things do get done. Arriving
Visitors need a valid and current passport with at least six months before
Your programme should allow extra time for personal transactions
expiry date in order to enter Solomon Islands, and visitors other than
which might be routine elsewhere, and for traffic delays, cancellation of
subjects of Britain, the European Community, the British Commonwealth
transport, or meetings, and for unexpected social or business encounters
or USA, also need a visa. Do arrange these at an early stage of planning
which can lead to useful and enjoyable networking or hospitality.
your travel, including a transit visa if you are just passing through. (A
All shops are open by 9:00am – some earlier – and close anytime from transit visa might not be necessary if you have a confirmed onward
4:30pm onwards on weekdays, but many family-run businesses operate booking – check with your travel agent or the nearest Solomon Islands
for longer. Most shops close on Saturday afternoon and Sundays. Central diplomatic post).
market is open for most of the day, winding down by 3:00pm and closing
On arrival, you may obtain a Visitor’s Permit for up to three months (ask
around 5:00pm. The Central Market is open on Saturdays, while Kukum
at the airport). When you receive it you may, for a period of fourteen days
fish market is controlled by believers of the SDA faith, and is closed
from its issue pursue your business, provided it arises from your usual
between Friday late afternoon and Saturday late afternoon.
business outside the Solomon Islands. You may be expected to show
Commercial businesses tend to work from 7:30am – 12:00 and 1:00pm evidence of adequate funding for your stay, and your onward tickets.
– 4:30pm on weekdays, also on Saturday morning. Government offices
You may bring in your personal effects, including 2 litres of alcoholic
open from 8:00 am– 12:00 and 1:00pm - 4:30pm on weekdays.
beverages and 200 cigarettes (provided you are over 18) duty-free.
Travelling to and around the islands To bring in arms or ammunition you need to show a licence from the
Visitors to the Solomon Islands mostly fly in and back via Brisbane. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (T: +677 28612 F: +677 20351 Address: PO Box
This 3 hour flight is among the most costly anywhere in the world, at G26, Honiara). Animals, seeds, soil and plant materials require a licence
SBD$11,588.84 (up from SBD$ 8771.90 in 2008) return. Cheaper trip deals from the Controller of Customs and Excise (T: +677 26251 Address: PO
are often on offer, monitor the Pacific Blue and Solomon Airline websites Box G26, Honiara). Up to 25kg of meat can be brought in with a meat
for special offers. licence. The meat licence costs SBD$200 and can be obtained from
Quarrantine. T: +677 24657/24658
The Solomon Airline flight schedule in March 2010 is three flights per Commercial samples may be brought in duty free, but prior approval is
week from Brisbane to Honiara, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, required from customs.
and three flights per week from Honiara to Brisbane, on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays. Connecting flights to Brisbane are also Hotels
available from Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu (see flight schedule Honiara offers a reasonable range of hotels for business visitors, and caters
in appendix). Get advice on critical connections from your travel agent for all budgets across the board. A top-class sea-view room may cost over
in Honiara, before leaving your country of origin (see Chapter 2 Tourism SBD$1000.00 per night, with air-conditioning, satellite TV, hotel swimming
Sector for a list of Travel Agents in Honiara). pool and in-room tea and coffee making facilities. Facilities are often
available at such hotels, to send international faxes and to use a laptop
Departure tax is SBD$100.00 for outbound international passengers 12 computer (remember to bring an adapter and current spike arrester).
years and over. This is included in the cost of the flight ticket. Regular
shipping services operate from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, The Heritage Park Hotel, King Solomon Hotel and Solomon Kitano
Japan and Europe. Honiara is the main port, while foreign log ships also Mendana Hotel have a business/conference centre and wireless internet
use ports at Gizo, Noro and Yandina. Inter-island shipping and flights are access. But do not expect business centres as the norm, nor beauty salons
subject to change, depending for example, on weather conditions. or health clubs. Solomon Islanders can give reasonable massages!
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Service tends to be charming but leisurely. At the bottom end, Restaurant meals are mostly reasonably priced by international standards,
accommodation may cost as little as SBD$30.00 a night, and the facilities with high quality European, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines, seafood
will match the price. Tourist class hotels and resorts are also found at buffets and table-served dinners often with local entertainment. Seafood
Gizo, Munda and Auki. Other islands have self-contained resorts and buffet meals cost from SBD$150 to SBD$225 per person at the Honiara
eco lodges, offering ‘leaf hut’ houses often amongst scenery of stunning hotels. Good quality Chinese restaurants charge less and relaxed, low-
natural beauty. But do not – in view of the small market and under- cost meals at the Yacht Club, and Panatina Plaza, might cost less than
developed tourist trade – expect or demand the highest world class. SBD$50.00. Panatina Plaza has three food outlets serving a range of foods.
Some hotels in Honiara that are suitable for business visitors’ are: Take-away restaurants such as Nicky’s Take A-way’s, Garden Seafood
Restaurant, and Crown Restaurant are popular with the local residents.
Hotel Contact Room Rate - SBD$ Honiara’s first coffee shop, The Lime Lounge, (T: +677 23064) next to ANZ
Bank in the centre of town, opened in 2003 and is very popular. Nings
Heritage Park Hotel PO Box 1598 $1760 - $3740 Coffee Shop is also proving popular after opening in 2005 and El Shaddai
Ph: 24007 located at the Tongs Building along Hibiscus Avenue is also proving
Fax: 21001 popular after opening in 2006.
Solomon Kitano PO Box 384 $900 - $2800
Mendana Hotel Ph: 20071 Wherever you eat, some dishes are likely to be unavailable, as restaurant
Fax: 23942 l owners depend on ships and flights to bring consumables in – so have a
second choice in mind!
King Solomon Hotel PO Box 268 $750 - $1300
Ph: 21205 Australian still wines and sparkling wines of varying quality are available
Fax: 21771 at several bottle stores in town, with prices varying considerably – expect
Honiara Hotel PO Box 4 $522 - $996 to pay maybe SBD$70 – SBD$300/bottle. Bottle shops offer a variety of
Ph: 21737 imported ready mixed alcoholic drinks and local and imported beer. The
Fax: 20376 local beer is Solbrew, a German brew of high international standard, and
Pacific Casino Hotel PO Box 1298 $500- $1190 a 355ml bottle can cost SDB$15-SBD$24 in clubs and hotels. Around
Ph: 25009 SBD$228/carton of 24 bottles is the usual price.
Fax: 25021 Outside Honiara the choice and standard of food can be very limited,
Quality Motel PO Box 152 $352 - $682 but the kaikai (food) at most resorts is excellent. The Visitors’ Bureau (T:
Ph: 25150 +677 22442) and Solomon Travel (T: +677 24081) makes bookings for
Fax: 25277 visits to outlying resorts, and can advise visitors further. Word-of-mouth
Airport Motel PO Box 251 $450 - $660 recommendations and advice are easy to obtain though, and expatriate
Ph: 36446 residents will be keen to help you.
The following websites contain a lot of useful Solomon Island information:
Iron Bottom Sound PO Box 1892 $880 - $1430
Sanalae Apartments Panatina Ridge $660-$880 www.solomonislands-hotels.travel
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Tipping Domestic Consumables and Services
Although always welcome with the recipient, tipping is not a common
practice and is discouraged because the implied obligation it carries Electricity
contradicts the local culture of hospitality. Electricity output is 240/415 volts AC (50 cycles). Australian-type flat three
pin plugs and bayonet-type light fittings are used. Standards and wiring
rules of the Standards Association of Australia apply (Ref AS3000 Part
Finding a Home and Real Estate Issues
1). Electricity costs $3.39 per Kw/hr plus fuel price adjustment of $0.632
Before you leave the other end, do ensure that for clearance of your
Kw/hr for domestic consumers. Commercial users pay $3.78 per Kw/hr
unaccompanied luggage, a bill of lading or airway bill should be shown,
plus fuel price adjustment of $0.632Kw/hr. A growing trend is a user pays
and a typed inventory listing the contents of each carton will make things
system called Cash Power where the customer prepays $4.64 Kw/hr. This
avoids illegal power tapping to your power supply. Electricity is provided
Housing in the capital is in fairly short supply. It is possible to acquire land by the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, SIEA (T: +677 38842
on a 49 or 75-year leasehold and to buy a ready constructed property. W: www.siea.com.sb). Expect regular interruptions to the power supply
A three-bedroom house in Honiara might cost between SBD$800,000 – (see Chapter 2 Infrastructure Sector)
SBD$4,000,000 but more residents rent – certainly expatriates. Despite Gas
the economic downturn in the country since the coup in mid 2000, rental No piped gas supply exists, but most households have both gas (stoves)
costs for executive style homes remain high. At the moment, a furnished and electricity, to use in times of power outages. Bottled gas is used
house with pool and generator costs approximately SBD$24,000 which is stored outside the house. This is easily available in Honiara and
to SBD$45,000 per month. Less exclusive houses are available from costs about SBD$1073 for a refill of a 45kg cylinder and SBD$1,973 for a
around SBD$8,000 to SBD$20,000 per month, but these homes may not new bottle that should last several months. Origin Energy will deliver the
come furnished or provide a generator. Air conditioning in the house gas to your house for a fee of SBD$25 paid in advance.
and, a standby generator are strongly recommended. Many houses
have swimming pools and virtually all have rainwater collection tanks Water
to enhance the main water supply when the town supply runs low. Water is metered and chargeable on consumption. It costs:
The majority of houses available for rent come with basic furniture, SBD$2/KL for first 15 units
refrigerator and stove. All other services are acquired by the tenant. SBD$3/KL for 2nd 15 units
SBD$3.50/KL after that.
A few hotels in Honiara offer rooms with kitchen facilities for short or long
The responsible authority is Solomon Islands Water Authority, SIWA
term rental contracts. In addition, a small selection of properties offers
(T: +677 23985). Pressure is frequently poor to even non-existent up on
one or two bedroom flats for rent.
ridges. Pumps and tanks are a good investment. Filters are essential and
Real estate operators in Honiara who can assist in securing rental homes are: bottled drinking water is usual. Town water must be boiled before drinking.
A.J & G Blum Property Management (Blums) Post
T: +677 23277 / 7494126 No home-delivery for post exists in the Solomons – everyone has a
E: firstname.lastname@example.org postal address and collects mail from the post office. Mail from abroad
W: www.bjs.com.sb (select Blums Real Estate Agency) should be sent by airmail. Important documents going or coming from
overseas, should be couriered to ensure timely delivery. DHL has an
Capital Real Estate agency in Honiara.
T: +677 25333 F: +677 25332
Premiere Real Estate
T: +677 21404/21413 M: +677 7495277
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Telecommunication Services International Direct Dial
Solomon Telekom Company Ltd, Our Telekom, is a full service provider in Solomon Telekom provides full international direct-dialling. The
the Solomon Islands, offering Fixline telephone services, domestic and international country code is 677 for Solomon Islands. To call overseas
international lease circuits, Prepaid & Postpaid mobile services with SMS, from Solomon Islands dial “00” followed by country code and customer
MMS and GPRS & 3G Mobile data services, International mobile roaming number. Diverted calls to answering machines or voice mail services are
services and satellite services. chargeable calls. Note that hotels have their own tariffs on top of Telekom
charges, and are usually very expensive. More information about services
Our Telekom also provides business communication solutions, offering & tariffs can be found in the Solomon Islands Telephone Directory.
switchboard solutions with the proven NEC Zen Topaz & SV8 100 PABX
systems for small to large businesses. Call Charges
Our Telekom uses per second billing. This means if your call lasts 10
Our Telekom is also the Internet Service Provider in the Solomons offering
seconds, you will be charged for only 10 seconds. All trunk, mobile and
dial-up and ADSL & Wireless Broadband services as well as Web Hosting,
international calls are timed and charged to the nearest second, and
Domain name emails and other web related services.
are in SBD$, unless specified in another currency. Local landline calls
Our Telekom has offices in all Provincial headquarters with an expanding are un-timed. Payment can be made using American Express, Visa and
rural area presence offering mobile services to remote rural communities Master Card. Off-peak rates apply to international calls from normal direct
and hamlets. When you are in Provincial towns you will not miss the exchange lines (DELs) and mobile services. It does not apply to pre-paid
Telekom Office. services, satellite phones, local and trunk calls.
Our Telekom is a joint venture company majority owned by Solomon Direct dialled calls to all Pacific Countries including Australia and New
Islanders through the National Provident Fund (64.7% share) and the Zealand, now cost the same, at SBD$7.00 per minute, and to the rest of
Investment Corporation of the Solomon Islands (2.7% share). Cable & the world at SBD$10.00 per minute. Cheaper International calls to ALL
Wireless Plc of the United Kingdom owns minority shares of 32.6%. International destinations at SBD$6.50 per minute can also be made
through our VOIP gateway by dialling ‘01’ for International access. The
online charge for Internet use is at a discounted rate of SBD$0.38 per
minute for dial-up service with fixed monthly volume-based packages for
ADSL broadband or Wireless Broadband access.
Domestic Mobile to Mobile Charge
SB$1.50 per minute (per second billing)
Domestic Mobile to Fixline Charge
SB$2.00 per minute (per second billing)
Domestic Fixline to Mobile Charge
SB$2.00 per minute. (per second billing)
Fixline to Fixline Trunk Call Charge
SB$2.50 per minute (per second billing)
Fixline to Fixline Local Call Charge
SB$0.70 cents per call (Flat Rate)
Government sales tax of 10% is payable on all services
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Breeze Mobile Services: 3G Network International Roaming
Our Telekom has a world class GSM GPRS 2.5G/3G network offering Our Telekom has roaming agreements with ‘Yes’ Optus, Telstra, AT&T,
mobile connectivity in the capital, in all Provincial towns and in most rural BeMobile PNG, Vodafone Netherlands, Vodafone Fiji and CSL Hong Kong.
areas. There will be some remote rural areas that you will find hard to get You can visit these providers overseas office to setup a roaming account
that connection however these are increasingly few as Our Telekom rolls before coming to the Solomons, which will allow you to conveniently
out mobile services right into rural communities out in the Provinces. See use your overseas mobile phone account (Number) here in the Solomons
the areas of operation diagram below for mobile coverage nationwide. without buying a local Simcard. If you are not able to do this then just get
a Our Telekom prepaid Simcard at any Our Telekom Sales Office.
Our Telekom offers Postpaid Mobile Services, where customers sign up
for an account and get monthly bills for usage. Prepaid Mobile Service is Important Contacts
also available. Just buy a Prepaid Simcard at any Our Telekom Sales office For further information and queries about Our Telekom services below
and TopUp call credits as needed at any of the many MeTopUp Agents are useful contacts.
3G Mobile Data Services Telekom Honiara For General Enquiry and Service Provisioning.
Our Telekom offers a world class mobile network with 3G capabilities Sales Office T: + 677 21164
offering mobile Internet access, email, picture messaging and mobile F: +677 24185
video calls to enable customers to share real-time pictures and videos. E: email@example.com
Areas of Operation as of March 2010 W: www.telekom.com.sb
Customer Care For General Enquiry & Billing Queries
T: +677 28200
F: +677 27767
Free-Call Internet For all Internet service related queries.
Helpdesk T: +677 24000
Directory For all your domestic telephone or mobile
Assistance: number enquiries
Fault Reporting To report your faulty landline services –
Telephone or Facsimile.
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Emergency Telephone Numbers Clothing
Bring a good stock of lightweight cotton garments, including plenty of
Emergency telephone numbers for public emergency services are TOLL shorts and tee shirts for your children. You will rarely see anyone wearing
FREE from any phone, funded by Solomon Telekom Company Ltd. a jacket, and dress is usually casual. Even for business, most men wear
short-sleeved shirts and lightweight long trousers. Some wear ties, but
They are: this is not usual and certainly not expected; smart shorts with long socks
are acceptable. At ‘Tropical formal’ events you may need a tie, or certainly
Police 999 a smart shirt and long trousers with reasonably smart shoes or sandals.
Hospitals 911 Bring with you plenty of shoes: they are difficult to buy or repair locally
Crime Stop 966 and wear out quickly on coral paths, unmade roads, and with embarking
Marine Search & Rescue 977 and disembarking canoes on inter-island canoe trips. Thong sandals are
widely available and cheap to buy.
Meteorological Service 933 Women’s dress varies and is often elegant, particularly on social occasions
National Disaster (Cyclones etc) 955 such as the Queen’s Birthday party, Rotary Ball or Melbourne Cup day. Do
bear in mind that local people value modesty, and although many of them
Civil Aviation 922 also wear shorts, the exposure of women’s legs in particular, thighs, such as
when wearing brief shorts, is regarded by many as ill-mannered. Beachwear
For your easy reference these phone numbers are repeated at the end of
is acceptable, but should be kept for the hotel/home swimming pool, the
beach, or your garden. Local people swim fully clothed.
Be prepared – poor water quality even brown colour and lack of
biological detergent in town water, may cause your laundry to be less
than satisfactory, and there are no dry cleaners. A number of shops sell
second-hand clothes, sometimes including designer label clothes from
Australia. Commercial dressmaking is available, but many residents prefer
to make their own – you may consider bringing patterns, materials and
sewing supplies with you. Choice of fabrics is limited.
Hair and Beauty Salons
Image Hair& Beauty has been opened since mid-2001 and has
Australian-trained staff offering treatment for all hair types and beauty
services. T: +677 26200
Cut & Style Beauty Salon has been opened since mid-2003 and has
locally trained staff also offering treatment for all hair types and beauty
services. Contact: Leah Collinson T: +677 38865
Trish’s Hair Salon has been opened since 1989 and has Australian trained
staff also offering treatment for all hair types and beauty services
Contact: Trish Dallu T: +677 27851
Mary’s Hair Salon offers treatment for all hair types and beauty services
T: +677 20246
Mermaid Fashion offers beauty, massage and physiotherapy.
Contact: Justina Radclyffe T: +677 24095
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Domestic Staff Vehicles, Driving & Public Transport
Virtually all professional or expatriate households employ at least a Most Honiara residents consider 4-wheel drive vehicles essential.
cleaner for house cleaning and laundry, as well as a gardener. Security Purchasing of second-hand Japanese 4-wheel drive vehicles is
staff have also become increasingly in demand, and security companies popular with expats in Honiara. Check out this website, at http://www.
in Honiara can arrange guards for your purposes. Good cooks and japanesevehicles.com . Fuel costs in April 2010 were: Petrol SBD$10.35/
drivers exist, but are difficult to find and are often snapped up by senior litre; Diesel SBD$8.99/litre; and Kerosene SBD$9.20/litre.
diplomats. Staff at most workplaces are paid twice a calendar month,
Self-drive hire cars are available in Honiara only. Driving is on the left-
on the 15th and 30th. They will be prepared to work weekdays, often
hand side of the road, although potholes on the road may force drivers
Saturday mornings (except Seventh Day Adventists), and will invariably
to be flexible, especially in poor weather conditions. Drive slowly for the
help out when you are entertaining (but expect to pay overtime for extra
sake of safety in the congested main street of Honiara. Drivers who are
work). How much you pay them, can vary depending on the hours they
not used to roundabouts, should be aware to give way to traffic from your
work and accommodation you might offer if your property includes a
right. Seat belts are not compulsory however strongly recommended.
Taxis are plentiful in Honiara, Auki and Gizo, but less so elsewhere. The
Many employers supply utilities and some other benefits. Bearing all this standard taxi rate is SBD$7 per kilometre; others do not have meters,
in mind, you might expect to pay your cleaner – as a very broad rule of so negotiate a rate before you start the trip. You can hail cabs from the
thumb – SBD$50 to SBD$70 per day. Establishing a friendly and flexible roadside. It usually cost SBD$70 from the airport to central Honiara, and
relationship with staff can bring immense rewards, and if you offer some drivers quote about $60 to SBD$75 per hour for longer hire. Allow
accommodation you should bear in mind they will be very unhappy if plenty of time for your journey, as taxis do not drive fast and congested
at least their immediate family cannot join them, no matter how small traffic and potholes in the road do not help.
the house you are offering. In practice they will want to bring a large
extended family into their household and most employers accept this, Buses are plentiful and cheap to travel on, in Honiara. A bus fare in
up to a point. Also be sensitive to the fact that employees might find it Honiara is SBD$3.00 and their end destinations are indicated on the front
awkward to ask their family members (wantoks) for payment for goods windscreen. When you want to bus to stop, simply say “sss!” and the bus
and services they use at your house. will stop at the next bus stop. There are no railways.
There is a shortage of reliable and well-trained staff so remember to fit their
pay levels according to their skills. All employees (both full time and casual)
are entitled to receive an employer paid superannuation contribution or as
it is called in Solomon Islands, the National Provident Fund (NPF). The law
states that the employer must pay 7.5% of the employee’s salary towards
NPF while the employee must pay 5% of their salary towards NPF. For your
information, the Solomon Islands Government’s minimum hourly wage as
at 1st May 2008 is SBD$3.20 for agriculture plantations and Fishing Sectors
and SBD$4.00 for all other industries.
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Your Health & Medical Facilities Schooling
The Solomon Islands is a relatively healthy environment, but malaria is Various privately-run schools exist: Chung Wah and Woodford
prevalent and Chloroquine-resistant strains are endemic – there is no International School accept all nationalities and have metropolitan-
sure-fire prophylaxis. Get advice from your doctor at least a month before trained teachers. Woodford International School caters for children from
your visit, as you may need to start recommended medication at least 2-4 Kindergarten to Grade nine (15 yrs).
weeks before departure. Pregnant women will need special advice. Some
foreign Governments advise their staff to take nivoquine and maloprim For further information please contact Woodford International School
for long-term visits; others recommend 200mg paludrine daily with T: +677 30186 F: +677 38021 Address: P O Box R44 Honiara,
300mg chloroquine weekly (reduce by weight for children). (Mefloquine E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.wis.edu.sb.
and fansidar are not widely recommended). Many expatriates do not Chung Wah School caters for Pre School to grade six (12 yrs). For further
take anti-malaria medication at all but instead try to avoid being bitten information please contact Chung Wah School.School holidays are based
by mosquitoes. Shops here stock a good supply of insect repellent, and on the Australian system of long holiday period being over December/
most houses have fly-screens and fans or air-conditioning. Several malaria January. T: +677 22460 F: +677 24649 E: email@example.com
testing and treatment centres are regarded as hygienic and safe, and your
diplomatic representative will be able to advise you. A few small private kindergartens for children under 5 are available as
well. Most foreign children return to their home country for High School
It is also wise to be up-to-date with immunisations against tetanus, education; others take part in distance learning schemes.
polio and hepatitis A and B. Visitors from or via an area infected with
yellow fever must show proof of immunisation against it. Tap water is not
suitable for consumption, and MUST be boiled or treated with chemicals,
both in Honiara and elsewhere in the country. Attend meticulously to
any cuts or grazes you may get, as they can easily become infected. It is
recommended that a three-month supply of any prescribed medicines be
brought with you. Check beforehand about requirements for importation.
The National Referral Hospital – “Number 9” – (T: +677 23600) is equipped
to deal with minor operations and illnesses; dental services are regarded
by expatriates as excellent; pharmacies in Honiara are usually well-
stocked, and a foreign optician visits regularly.
A doctor’s consultation may cost SBD$40 to SBD$200, but most medical
treatment is free to residents. However, the budget is limited and the
service could be correspondingly lacking in some more complicated
procedures. There are Church hospitals in Munda and Malaita; clinics
throughout the Islands are staffed by nurses, and in-patient facilities are
in Gizo, Buala, Auki, Tulagi, Kira Kira and Lata.
The outpatients’ department at Honiara’s National Referral Hospital
(T: +677 23600) is open 24 hours, both on demand (in order of arrival or
urgency) or by appointment. It also has a pharmacy open during normal
working hours, and Saturday mornings. A hospital patients’ fund exists,
towards which donations are welcome.
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Leisure & Entertainment International newspapers are hard to obtain, but papers such as The
Australian or the UK Daily Telegraph are available to read a few days after
Television and Radio publication, during office hours at High Commissions and Embassies. The
Bring or buy locally a short-wave radio, to listen to both the Solomon Week-end Australian newspaper is now available the following Thursday
Islands Broadcasting Corporation, broadcasting service messages and from the Lime Lounge. The Internet provides current international
news in English and Pijin – and Parliamentary debates, music and relayed information also.
Australian and BBC news, and various BBC World Service programmes
(although a good aerial is needed for those). Here are a few of the websites that provide news of the Solomon Islands
There are a few local radio stations and their frequencies are listed below.
(Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation) 10.35 am www.solomontimes.com
PAOA FM 97.7 fm and 101.7 fm Sight Seeing
Z FM 100 fm Visit and stroll through the Honiara museum, three vegetable markets,
a botanical garden, Parliament House, the American and Japanese war
WAN FM 96.3 fm
memorials, and a cultural centre with constructed leaf houses from
Radio Australia 107 fm around the Pacific. Most remarkable are the WW2 battlefield sites where,
on land, debris (shrapnel, bullets, even ration tins) can be spotted around
The local TV channel is One News. On this channel, BBC and Australia
still-visible foxholes, and quite often close to shore, sunken wrecks lie in
Network (ABC) are also broadcast. This is free to air; all you need is a small
various states of reclamation by brightly coloured fish and coral. Visit the
antenna which you can purchase from either Greyleen Electrics (Ranadi)
Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau for more information.
or Satellite Solutions (Point Cruz).
Solomon Telekom Television has three VHF frequencies and one UHF
frequency. One News TV which is still in its infancy stages was launched
alongside the last Football World Cup in 2006. The company currently
produces one hour of news, sports, business and short TV magazine type
programs. News times are 9pm every night 7 days a week. The nightly
bulletins are repeated at 7am the next morning.
A decoder and satellite dish should enable you to get a full range of
Barristers, Solicitors & Notaries
satellite TV via South East Asia, or Australia. Bringing or buying an
Australian or multi-system video recorder is a good idea too, as the time Legal Practitioners in Solomon Islands, Providing Services in:
difference between the countries means that evening broadcasts in the
Commercial Law Conveyancing
Solomon Islands herald children’s TV from elsewhere. Video recorders and Company Law Civil Litigation
players, and video rental, are also available locally as are fridges, freezers Taxation Law Admiralty
and, other domestic electrical goods. Their prices and choice reflect the Trust and Estate Foreign Investment
fact that they are imported, and that the market is small. Trade Marks and Patents Resource Law
Banking and Securities Mining, Forestry & Fishing
Partners: John Sullivan, Thomas Kama, John Katahanas, Dennis McGuire & Rodney Kingmele
Local daily and weekly newspapers include the Solomon Star, National
Express and the Island Sun, are published in English and available at a
range of shops in the NPF plaza, Panatina Plaza, various general stores in Level 5 P.O. Box 498 Telephone: (677) 23886
Anthony Saru Building Honiara Facsimile: (677) 20356
Honiara, at certain popular bus stops and the Lime Lounge coffee shop at
Coronation Avenue Solomon Islands firstname.lastname@example.org
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Surfing are on the Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Dive Adventures, Uepi resort, Dive
For all the surfing enthusiasts, Solomon Islands is an undiscovered gem! Gizo, Dive Munda, and Solomon Watersport.
Tony Jansen at Rain Tree Café has found many great surf locations around
Malaita and Guadalcanal and has encouraged locals there to establish Dive boats are also operating with knowledgeable instructors and full
eco-lodges for surf travellers. equipment, who tour a range of islands. These trips are popular even with
W: www.surfsolomons.com E: email@example.com snorkellers and other non-divers. Information is available at Aqua Action
or the Bilikiki office opposite the Yacht Club. Many scuba enthusiasts find
Papatura Resort on Santa Isabel also offer great surfing safaris. prices prohibitive. World-class professional dive Instructors’ offer dives
(see chapter 2) at around SBD$700-$850 for one dive, SBD$850-$1000 for two dives
Contact: T: +61 755279855 W: www.papatura.com including dive gear. PADI- approved diving courses are available up to
Diving Dive Master Standard. Potential divers should be over 15 years old and in
Solomon Islands is considered one of the four top diving sites in the world a reasonable state of health (a scuba health check can be arranged with
– it would be a shame to visit and miss the opportunity to explore them. a clinic in Honiara for perhaps SBD$300). An Open Water dive course is
around SBD$2,500. All equipment and suiting is available for hire.
The coral and fish are remarkable to view up close, and hundreds of WW2
wrecks can be seen. At some beaches, such as Boneghi on Guadalcanal, a The water is pleasantly warm with astonishing visibility however, it
kastom fee is charged for entry to the dive site. There are three dive shops is recommended to wear something light to protect yourself against
operational in Honiara at the moment plus Bilikiki Cruises. potential coral brush – coral cuts in the Solomons easily become seriously
infected. There is a decompression chamber in the Solomon Islands
located behind the King Solomon Hotel at ‘In The Zone Medical Centre’.
Dive Shops/ Contacts Location
First point of contact is Geoff Allen from Coastwatchers Water Sports
Limited on T: +677 73672. The other areas of close proximity in the region
Tulagi Dive Neil Yates Tandai Highway with hyperbaric chambers are Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, Cairns
T: +677 7475043 Honiara and Townsville in Australia. It is recommended worldwide and here that
E: firstname.lastname@example.org scuba divers to take out adequate diving insurance to cover diving-
W: www.tulagidive.com.sb related injuries.
Sun Reef & Luke Wate Honiara Hotel Social Life
Wreck Dive T: +677 23659 Professional and expatriate social life in the Solomon Islands is quite
Coastwatchers Geoff Allen Operates by active. Favourite meeting places now include the Lime Lounge Coffee
Water Sports T: +677 21255 phone Shop (T: +677 23064), Point Cruz Yacht Club (T: +677 22500), where
M: +677 7473672 visitors (but not resident non-members) can be signed in (you are unlikely
Bilikiki Cruises Evan Thomas Point Cruz to be turned away if you are a new arrival and just turn up). Annual
T: +677 20412 membership for sporting (yachting and fishing) or social membership
E: email@example.com cost is minimal in comparison to international standards.
Scuba diving businesses (including dive courses) are situated at Gizo and At the Golf Club (T: +677 30582) new members pay a nomination fee
Munda in the Western province, and Tulagi on Gela. of SBD$2,500 per single member, or SBD$3,000 for a family. An annual
subscription fee applies at SBD$1,100 for an individual member, and
As an example of what is offered, Solomon Islands Diving/Dive Tulagi SBD$1,700 for a family. Children under 18 who accompany their parents,
(W: www.tulagidive.com.sb; E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +677 32131) is an enter free of charge, but golfing children between 13 – 18 years of age
hour’s boat trip north of Honiara in the Florida Group (also has an office classify as junior golfers and pay SBD$150 per year. Non-members can
in Honiara), where the waters around Tulagi hold some of the world’s best pay a green fee of SBD$75 to play nine holes of golf.
diving, from pristine reefs to spectacular WWII wrecks. Dive courses/island
Other social activities including a very active Rotary Club, weekly Hash
drop-offs/trips to Ghavutu Dolphin Park are offered. More dive businesses
House Harrier runs on Monday starting at 5:15pm from a location posted
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at Westpac Bank window in the centre of town. There is also football, In practice virtually all expatriates keep dogs both as pets and for
and various ladies’ interest groups, including Morning Tea on Thursdays guarding purposes and many keep cats and /or birds. When they leave
10:00am – 12:00. the country (‘go finis’) they will usually hope to pass these animals on to
their successor or seek a new owner in the community. Check with your
Everyone is welcome to join any of these activities, and a good way
predecessors in advance whether they are hoping to pass their animals
to tap in is to turn up at one of the above social clubs and talk to the
on to you.
members. Such interaction is both easy and rewarding. Daytime social
life in Honiara can be very active, with craftwork, bridge, aerobics, media The Solomons has a problem with feral dogs, which can attack small pets,
groups, hiking, PTFA, children playgroups, and a number of other formal and their nocturnal howling can be a nuisance. There is no rabies, but skin
and informal meetings. diseases, heart disease and Parvo threaten every dog and cat, and should
be vaccinated. Parvo is a viral disease that affects canines, although not
In addition, church members can be assured of warm welcome at their
endemic in the Solomons, it is a blood dysentery for which there is no
preferred place of worship (see elsewhere for further details), and families
cure, nor treatment, and it kills dogs quickly. Puppies can be vaccinated
with children have few problems finding others with whom to socialise.
against Parvo, hepatitis, and influenza, and it is advisable to have these at
Please ensure to enquire about membership fees where applicable as age 6 – 8 weeks, and again between 10 – 12 weeks, to protect the animals.
they do change over time.
Cost of Living
Unpaid Activities/Volunteering The cost of living is lower than in some South Pacific states, but rising
Voluntary work is possible, especially if you have teaching or medical fast. A fair selection of imported foods is available – and local chicken,
experience – but even if not, the hospital offers opportunities for patient fish, fruit, vegetables and salads are in good but seasonal supply.
care, including visiting. Schools also welcome individuals prepared to Bread is available, but do not expect your home variety. Cosmetics and
make stimulating presentations or help with back-room work. Churches, medications are imported and therefore expensive, contact lens fluid
the Red Cross (T: +677 22682) and Rotary Club (current president is Dr and personal hygiene products are also available. But on the whole, be
William Adukrow, E: email@example.com) have plenty of ideas for prepared to shop around, and possibly accept goods different from your
valuable community activity. favoured brand. Colour film can be bought and processed locally.
Care is however required in doing unpaid voluntary work if the task is one The following list of products will give an indication of the availability of
which may be carried out locally for a payment. In other words, if what goods and the widely varying prices. Prices of goods are determined by
you do could have been a paid job and you do not have a work permit for the frequently changing exchange rate with Australia as well as freight
that task, questions may be asked by others. Just a word of caution: many cost. Most of these prices were quoted by Wings, Honiara’s biggest
local people are out of work! supermarket. The quality of recorded music and quality perfumes and
after-shave lotions on sale vary widely. Some second hand and new book
Pets shops and music shops are available, and many people might be willing
Dogs and cats can be brought in from Australia without quarantine to bring back small items from a visit in Brisbane – do not forget to return
provided they fulfil quarantine requirements elsewhere in transit on the compliment.
the trip to Honiara. They must also have evidence of de-sexing and
conventional vaccinations. Further advice and guidance on importation
of more exotic pets, is available from the Agriculture Quarantine Service.
T: +677 24657 F: +677 28365 Address: PO Box G13, Honiara
Your carrier at point of origin should look carefully into any quarantine
regulations and confirm the availability of overnight care stations at all
points of transit on the way. Honiara has a good veterinary practice
(T: +677 24206 or M: +677 7475328), but there are no boarding kennels.
Proprietary pet foods are available in the shops but, are sometimes scarce
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Narasirato Pan Pipers
Narasirato Pan Pipers
Sample Items Price ($SBD) Price ($SBD)
in 2008 in 2010
Taxi/km $6.00 $7.00
Kleenex lavatory rolls (4) $40.40 $24.00
Harpic Lavatory cleaner (500ml) $26.40 $27.70
Omo washing powder (1.5kg) $128.50
Lux soap (125g) $2.50 $2.80
Delite sliced loaf of bread $6.00 $8.50
Edgell baked beans (425g) $12.50 $15.00
Butter (250g) $19.50 $16.20
Nescafe coffee (50g) $32.00 $35.50
Kellogg’s cornflakes (310g) $33.00 $35.40 for 280g
1 doz local eggs $24.00 $28.00
Apples (each) $5.00 $6.00
Local fresh chicken (1kg) $60.00 $70.00 The Narasirato Pan Pipers are subsistence farmers and fishermen, living
Minced beef (per kg) $50.00 $50.00 at the end of a mangrove swamp on the remote southern end of Malaita
Rump steak (per 1/2kg) $42.50 $52.80 Island in the Solomon Islands.
Longlife Milk (1L) $14.00 $17.90 The Culture House Building Project is a Narasirato initiated and funded
Onions/kg $13.00 $14.50 Eco and Cultural Tourism project. This includes the building of a training
shelter, two small tourist accommodations and a traditional Culture
Carrots/kg $16.00 $18.00 House. The project includes the release of their first CD, Naratana Hiona
English Potatoes/kg $12.00 $16.00 (Cry of the Ancestors) (www.narasirato.com/record.html), a seventeen
Garlic/kg $39.00 $42.00 track CD featuring the best of their expansive music repertoire, their first
CD since they formed in 1991.
Teabags Bushells (100g) $39.60 $39.30
100g Cigarettes 25 Winfield $16.00 $20.00 The members of Narasirato have astounded audiences worldwide,
including England, Taipei, Bahrain, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Vanuatu
Woman’s hairstyling (cut) $80.00 $120.00 and Australia, with their unique mix of powerful and haunting traditional
Man’s haircut $70.00 $100.00 ‘Are Are’ pan pipe music, and their high energy contemporary music.
Restaurant Coffee $20.00 $22.00 They feature unique bamboo instruments including thong-o-phones,
Hamburger lunch $60.00 $80.00 stomping tubes, pan pipes, mega bass pipes along with soaring vocals
700ml Scotch whisky $220.00 $230.00 and exquisite island harmonies. All music is played while performing
intricate dance choreographies in their traditional custom dress.
700ml Gin (Gordons) $227.00 $220.00
In 2010 the group has been invited to present in Australia, Netherlands,
Portugal, Denmark and Malaysia
Contact: John Maneniaru (SI) T: +677 39078/ 23401
Peter Keelan (Aust) T: +61 427798438
E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.narasirato.com
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Accommodation Directory 2010 Travellers Motel T: (677) 25721/24807 Fijian Quarters
P.O.Box 56 Walking distance
Honiara to Chinatown.
BG Motel T: (677) 20172 Tanuli Ridge
Name & Address Contact Details Location P.O.Box 700 M: (677) 79740 Kola’a Ridge Rd.
Heritage Park Hotel T: (677) 24007 Point Cruz Highway Raintree Bed & T: (677) 22086 Tandai Highway
P.O.Box 1598 F: (677) 21001 Mud Alley Breakfast E: email@example.com
E: firstname.lastname@example.org Roundabout PO Box 1854, W: www.raintreehoniara.com
E:email@example.com Seafront Honiara
W: www.hph.com.sb Tropicana Beach T: (677) 21099 Tandai Highway
Solomon Kitano T: (677) 20071 Mendana Ave. Motel
Mendana Hotel F: (677) 23942 Seafront P.O.Box 873
P.O.Box 384 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Market Side T: (677)95220 Ranadi Industrial
E: email@example.com Apartments F: (677)39006 Area
King Solomon Hotel T: (677) 21205 Hibiscus Ave. P.O Box 1619, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O.Box 268 F: (677) 21771 3 minutes walking W: www.solomonstay.com
E: email@example.com distance to main Damaris Motel T: (677) 20758 East Kola’a Ridge
W: www.kingsolomonhotel.info shopping centre P.O.Box 1973
Pacific Casino Hotel T: (677) 25009 Kukum Highway Solomon City Motel T: (677) 24862 Vavaya Ridge Road
& Apartments F: (677) 22880 Seafront P.O.Box 279 F: (677) 25078
P.O.Box 1298 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chester Guest House T: (677) 26355 Lower Vavaya
Honiara Hotel T: (677) 21737 Chinatown P.O.Box 1479 F: (677) 23079 Ridge
P.O.Box 4 F: (677) 20376 E: email@example.com
E: firstname.lastname@example.org United Church Guest T: (677) 20028 Lower Vavaya
House F: (677) 22064 Ridge
Iron Bottom Sound T: (677) 28633 Rove Road P.O.Box 620 E: email@example.com
Hotel F: (677) 28638 Seafront
P.O.Box 1892 E: firstname.lastname@example.org St. Agnes Mothers T: (677) 27785 Lower Vavaya
E: email@example.com Union E: firstname.lastname@example.org Ridge
Sanalae Apartments T: (677) 39218 Panatina Ridge
E: email@example.com East Honiara Bulaia Backpackers 1 T: (677) 28819 Chinatown
Airport Motel T: (677) 36255 Henderson
P.O.Box 251 F: (677) 36411 Highway Bulaia Backpackers 2 T: (677) 23059 Mbokona Vera
E: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O.Box 849
Quality Inn T: (677) 25150 Lower Vavaya Zome Lodge T: (677) 26902 Mbokonavera
P.O.Box 152 F: (677) 25277 Ridge P.O.Box 1345 F: (677) 20999
E:email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
E: email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Mansion T: (677) 38463 Panatina Ridge Lennzin Motel T: (677) 92175/7458910 Prince Philip
Comfort Inn F: (677) 30847 Highway
E: email@example.com Ranadi
Lenggakiki Seaview T: (677) 39949 Lengakiki River Lodge T: (677) 24175 White River
Apartmetns F: (677) 23649 F: (677) 24211 West Honiara
PO Box 491 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Binaboli Resthouse T: (677) 25836/25211 Kukum Area Motel New Georgia T: (677) 60845 Gizo
PO Box 1434 P.O.Box 194
Fountain Family Inn T: (677) 21552/20581 East Kola’a Ridge Rekona Lodge T: (677) 60368/60376 Gizo
PO Box 1196 P.O.Box 91 E: email@example.com
Islands Lodge T: (677) 20254 Honaira Habour View Lodge T: (677) 60594 Gizo hilltop
PO Box 737 P.O.Box
Mbumburu T: (677) 27597 Lengakiki Leleana Lodge T: (677) 60498 Gizo hilltop
Resthouse residential area P.O.Box 7 F: (677) 60498
PO Box 483 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lolo Resthouse T: (677) 30364 Panatina Ridge Phebes Guesthouse T: (677) 60161 Gizo
PO Box 1409 P.O.Box 61
Cegily Guest House Gizo
Nello’s Villa T: (677) 60446 Gizo
Guadalcanal P.O.Box 116
Sun West Motel W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Gizo
Tavanipupu Resort T: (677) 36081 Marau Sound
E: email@example.com Oravae Cottage W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel
Western Province – Gizo Western Province – Munda & Roviana/Tetepare
Gizo Hotel T: (677) 60199 Gizo Agnes Lodge T: (677) 62190 Munda
P.O.Box 30 F: (677) 60137 P.O.Box 161 F: (677) 62190
E: firstname.lastname@example.org E: email@example.com
W: www.gizohotel.com W: www.agneslodge.com.sb
Sanbis Resort T: (677) 60466 2km of Gizo, Zipolo Habu Resort/ T: (677) 62178 Lola Island
P.O.Box 144 F: (677) 60137 Babanga Island Lola F: (677) 62179 Munda
E: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O.Box 165 E: email@example.com
W: www.sanbisresort.com W: www.zipolohabu.com.sb
Fat Boys T: (677) 60095 4km of Gizo, Tetepare Island T: (677) 62163 Tetepare Island
P.O.Box 140 F: (677) 60095 Babanga Island Eco Lodge E: firstname.lastname@example.org
E: email@example.com P.O.Box 131 W: www.tetepare.org
W: www.fatboysgizo.com Munda
Gelvinas Motel T: (677) 60276/60553 Gizo Munda Transit Lodge T: (677) 62168 Munda
P.O.Box 106 F: (677) 60323 P.O.Box 138 F: (677) 62188
Naqua Motel T: (677) 60012 Gizo Noro Lodge T: (677) 61238/61250 Munda
P.O.Box 127 F: (677) 60323 PO Box 31, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
E: email@example.com Munda
Paradise Lodge T: (677) 60024 Gizo hilltop
P.O.Box F: (677) 60200
Green Motel T: (677) 60005/60549 Gizo
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Western Province - Marovo Lagoon Western Province - Kolombangara and other
Uepi Island Resort T: +613 9787 7904 Marovo Hambere W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Kolombangara
E: firstname.lastname@example.org Lagoon Village Stay Island
Nusatuva Ecolodge W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Kolombangara
The Wilderness Lodge T: +61 145 125 948 Paeva Village
Mangrove Lodge W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Kolombangara
E: email@example.com Marovo
W: www.thewildernesslodge.org Lagoon
KFPL Ringgi W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Ringgi Cove
Vuana Guest House E: firstname.lastname@example.org Paeva Village
W: www.solomondiveadventures.com Marovo
Lagoon Imbu Rano Lodge W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Ringgi Cove
Kuba Resort T: (677) 76870/76660 Marovo Niami Guest House W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Ranongga Island
P.O.Box 1142 T/F: (677) 20552 Lagoon Emusa Lodge W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Ranongga Island
Kesoko Inn W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Noro
Ropiko eco Lodge E: email@example.com Marovo
Batuna Postal Agency W: www.ropikolodge.com Lagoon South East Vella W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Vella La Vella
Kopikorapa E: firstname.lastname@example.org Marovo
Seghe Postal Agency Lagoon
Mavo Guest House T: +67 724 951/722 442 Marovo Choiseul Province – Far West
Ramata Postal Agency E: email@example.com Lagoon
Mavo Ecolodge T: (677) 24951/7487056 Ramata Island Airport Bungalows T: (677) 63120 Taro Island
E: firstname.lastname@example.org Marovo Choiseul Province
Lagoon Taro Island/Transit T: (677) 63171 Taro Island
Charapoana Eco Lodge E: email@example.com Marovo Lodge Choiseul Province
Seghe Posta Agency Lagoon P.O.Box 21
Rogosakena Marovo ES Lodge T: (677) 63111 Taro Island
Batuna Postal Agency Lagoon Taro Choiseul Province
Kajoro Village Homestay Marovo JQ Guest House Taro Island
Batuna Postal Agency Lagoon Choiseul Province
Tibara Eco Lodge Marovo Nila Vocational Nila Station
Batuna Postal Agency Lagoon Guest House Shortlands
C/o- Nila Catholic
Ijarao Eco Lodge E: firstname.lastname@example.org Marovo Parish
Seghe Postal Agency Lagoon
Mono Clinic Mono Island
C/o- Mono Clinic.
Seghe Resthouse Marovo
Matikuri Eco Lodge E: email@example.com Marovo
Seghe Postal Agency Lagoon
Vanua Kino Home Stay E: firstname.lastname@example.org Marovo
C/Juliette & Terry Kimi Lagoon
Chubikopi Rest House W: www.solomonislands-hotels.travel Marovo
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Rennell & Bellona Province Central Islands Province
Moreno Guest House Tigoa, Maravagi Island Resort T: (677) 29065 Mangalonga Island
Tigoa Postal Agency West Rennell P.O.Box 1101, Tulagi E: email@example.com
Vanita Restaurant T: (677) 32052 Tulagi Station
Suan Guest House T: (677) 97858 Central Bellona Accommodation
Tangakitonga Village (Honiara based phone) P.O.Box 14. Tulagi
Central Bellona E: Bellona@pipolfastaem.gov.sb
Tulagi Holiday Inn T: (677) 32019 Tulagi Station
PO Box 1119, Honiara
Aotaha Cave Lodge T: (677) 27796 East Bellona
Solovoquin Eco Lodge Russell Islands
East Bellona (Honiara based phone)
Yandina Russell Islands
The Mothers Union T: (677) 32113 Tulagi Station
Tengano Lodge E: firstname.lastname@example.org East Rennell
East Rennell Lake Tegano.
P.O.Box 52. Tulagi.
Savo Sunset Lodge T: (677) 21213/ 7489401 Savo Island
Guest House West Rennell
West Rennell Kuila Village Stay Savo Island
East Renell home stay E: email@example.com East Rennell Rodrick Bay Guest House T: (677) 84172 West Ngella
East Rennell Lake Tegano West Big Ngella
Tungua Eco-Lodge E: Bellona@pipolfastaem.gov.sb West Bellona
Bellona Postal Agency
Kiakoe Lakeside Lodge East Rennell
C/o- Tigoa Postal Agency Fresh winds T: (677) 50073 Kirakira
Rennell Bellona Province E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neitasi Eco-Lodge East Rennell Joridona T: (677) 50015 Kirakira
Tepaitahe Village Rennell Bellona E: email@example.com
Province Sanbis Resthouse T: (677) 50226 Kirakira
Tatiana Home stay T: (677) 99030/73276/73948 East Bellona San Cristobal Lodge T: (677) 50175 Kirakira
East Bellona E: Bellona@pipolfastaem.gov.sb MUPIC Resthouse T: (677) 50163 Kirakira
Henuagoto Lodge E: firstname.lastname@example.org East Rennell Zambon T: (677) 50118 Kirakira
Star Beach Lodge SIVB HF two way radio Star Harbour
Obed’s Guesthouse SIVB HF two way radio or Santa Ana
Henuagoto Lodge East Rennell
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Isabel Province Temotu Province
Mothers Union Rest House T: (677) 35136 Buala Jejevo Leulta Guest House T: (677) 53155 Lata Station
P.O.Box 6. Isabel E: email@example.com Lata Postal Agency
DOY Rest House T: (677) 35004 Buala Fresh wind Guest House T: (677) 53012 Lata Station
P. O. Box 6, Buala T: (677) 35071
Temotu Provincial T: (677) 53027 Lata Station
Gagaha Village Stay firstname.lastname@example.org Poro Village Lata Postal Agency
Rotary Lodge T: (677) 54190/53060 Lata Station
PO Box 31 Lata
Kaolo Sunset Resort T: (677) 25358 San Jorge Island
West San Jorge T: (677) 35015 Ngarando E: H4E241@sailmail.com Pigeon Island
Putuo Lodge Kia Village Reef Islands
Kia Village Hibiscus Lodge T: (677) 53145 Lata Station
Papatura Resort T: (+61) 755279855 Papatura Island E: email@example.com
c/-Go Tours Travel Go Tours Travel firstname.lastname@example.org
M A S E
FE Island Travellers Lodge T: (677) 40153 Auki
Auki Lodge T: (677) 40079 Auki
P. O. Box 171, Auki
BUSINESS SERVICES CENTRE
Auki Dragon Motel T/F: (677) 40166 Auki
P.O.Box 16. Auki
Rarasu Motel T: (677) 40454
F: (677) 40352
‘Your growth is Business’
YourGrowth is Ourour business
Hotel Malaita T: (677) 40430 We specialize in Business Support Services & Assistance:
E: email@example.com Business Management Training
Serah Kei Home Stay T: (677) 72344 or 40344 Langa Langa Business Consultation Services
Lagoon Research and Development
Project Management – Monitoring, Evaluation and Control
Daves Transit T: (677) 40071 Auki Business Courses as Short Term and Full-Time Programs.
P.O.Box 179, Auki
Auki Motel T: (677) 40014 Auki
P.O.Box 153, Auki F: (677) 40059
Busu Cultural Village & Contact Person :Thomas Dakero Langa Langa
Home Stay T: (677) 40344 Lagoon
Sun Flower Enterprise Ltd. Helping You To Grow Your Business In Solomon Islands
P.O.Box 159. Auki.
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Official Assistance Diplomatic Representatives Abroad
Further advice on incentives and opportunities for your specific product, or The following is a list of the Solomon Islands diplomatic representatives abroad.
assistance that governments might offer exporters – can be obtained from your Approach the office nearest to you. The * indicates Honorary Consul only:
own national Trade or Commerce Department, or your diplomatic representative in
Honiara: United Nations Suite 8008
2nd Avenue New York, USA.
High Commissions 011 (212) 5996192
Name Phone & Fax (+677) Postal Address Japan * Kitano Arms.
(Honiara) 10th Floor , 1615 Hirakawa Cho 2
Australian High Commission 21561 & 23691 Box 589 UK * 19 Springfield Road, London SW19 7AL
British High Commission 21705 & 21549 Box 676 Australia Unit 4, 19 Napier Close, Deakin West, ACT.
00 61 (2) 6 282 7030, 00 61 (2) 6 282 7040
Embassy of the Rep of China 38050 & 38060 Box 586
South Korea * 509 Daichi Dong, Kan gnang Ku, Seoul
Delegation of the EC 22765 & 23318 Box 844
New Zealand * 41 McLeod Road, Henderson, Auckland
Forum Fisheries Agency 21124 & 23995 Box 629
European Union 1040 Brussels, Belgium,
Embassy of Japan 22953 & 21006 Box 560 00 32 (02) 737 7085, 00 32 (02)732 6885
New Zealand High Commission 21502 & 22377 Box 697
Papua New Guinea 20561 & 20562 Box 1109 Government Ministries
Please note that ministers and ministries change over time. This list is current as at
US Consular Agent 23426 & 27429 Box 1194 April 2010, but will change due to the election expected in the later part of 2010.
Refer to website: http://www.commerce.gov.sb/Gov/ps&mins.htm
Foreign Heads of Mission in the Solomon Islands No: Ministry Ministers Permanent Secretaries Eps/Phone
1. Office of the Prime Hon. Jeremiah Manele 22202
Minister & Cabinet Dr. Derek Sikua [Secretary to the Prime 21863
Australian High Commission H.E Mr. Frank Ingruber (Prime Minister) Minister] F: 28649
British High Commission H.E Mr. Timothy Smart Jeremiah Manele
[Secretary to Cabinet]
Ambassador of the Rep. of China H.E Mr. George Chan
2. Ministry of Public Hon. Milner Ishmael M. Avui 24275
European Commission Charge d’Affaires H.E Dr. Abdoul Aziz Mbaye Service Tozaka [Secretary to Public Service] 24268
Embassy of Japan Mr. Akira Iwanade E: firstname.lastname@example.org 25550
New Zealand High Commission H.E Mr Mark Ramsden
3. Ministry of Hon. Steve Abana Jane Waetara 28608
Papua New Guinea High Commission H.E Mr. Frank Mizigi (Acting) Development, 38336
US Consular Agent Mrs. Keithie Saunders Planning & Aid F: 30163
4. Ministry of Finance Hon. Snyder Rini Shadrach Fanega 24102
& Treasury Email: psfinance@pmc. 22556
gov.sb F: 28619
5. Ministry of Police, Hon. James Tora Henry Pika 28607
National Security 22208
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6. Ministry of Women, Hon. Johnson Koli Ethel Sigimanu 28602 19. Ministry of Hon. Manassehn John Tuheila 28606
Youths & Children ext 201 Provincial Maeloga E: email@example.com 21072
Affairs F: 23547 Government & 25029
23543 Institutional F: 28708
7. Ministry of Hon. Mathew Myline Kuve 28643
Education & Human Waletofea Email:firstname.lastname@example.org 26248 20. Ministry of Home Hon. Peter Tom Fred Fakarii 28602
Resources 28803 Affairs E: email@example.com 20021
F: 22042 28601
8. Ministry of Health & Hon. Clay Forau Dr. Lester Ross EPS – 20831
Medical Services 28610 21. Ministry of National Hon. Sam S. Iduri Joy Kere 28616
F: 20085 Unity, Reconciliation 23087
& Peace 20127
9. Ministry of Foreign Hon. William George Hiele 28612
Affairs & External Haomae 21250
Trade F: 20351 22. Ministry of Rural Hon. Fred Fono Dr. Judson Leafasia 25238
Development & Deputy Prime 25239
10. Ministry of Hon. Franicis Billy Jefferey Wickham 28614
Indigenous Affairs Minister 25249
Commerce, Industry Hilly E:firstname.lastname@example.org 22856
& Employment 25045
F: 25084 23. Ministry of Justice & Hon. Laurie Chan James Remobatu 21048
Legal Affairs [PS - Justice] 28405
11. Ministry of Culture Hon. Seth Gukuna Luke Eta 28603
E: email@example.com F: 28424
& Tourism F: 26875
24. Ministry of Forestry Hon. Job Dudley Gordon Konairhmo 24215
12. Ministry of Hon. Selwyn Edward Kimele 22143
Agriculture Riumana E:firstname.lastname@example.org F: 28365
SPECIAL DUTIES: John Tuhaika - Constitutional Reform Unit/OPMC
13. Ministry of Lands, Hon. Samuel Ruth Liloqula 28600
Housing & Survey Manetoali E: email@example.com 21511
14. Ministry of Hon. Stanley John Ta’aru 28605
Infrastructure Festus Sofu 25641
Development F: 28705
15. Ministry of Hon. Varian Jeffrey Wickham 36106
Communication & Donamei 36109
16. Ministry of Hon. Gordon Rence Sore 23031
Environment, Darcy Lilo E: firstname.lastname@example.org F: 28054
17. Ministry of Fisheries Hon. Nollen Leni Dr. Christian Ramofafia 39143
& Marine Resources E: email@example.com F:38730
18. Ministry of Energy, Hon. David Pacha Luma Darcy 28609 7494506
Mines & Rural E: firstname.lastname@example.org 25937
Electrification 21521 email@example.com
SPECIALIST IN LOCAL SALES
MILLED & MOULDED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS
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National Provincial Holidays May 2010 – April 2011 Guide to Pijin
Your Starter Guide to Learning Pijin
Date Event Type
01.05.2010 Whit Monday Public Holiday always olowe lower daonem
02.06.2010 Isabel Province Special Provincial Public Holidays and an know, able save (savvy)
08.06.2010 Temotu Province Special Provincial Public Holidays at long make mekem
11.06.2010 Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday bus fare basfea money seleni
29.06.2010 Central Province Special Provincial Public Holidays best, first nambawan myself mi seleva
07.07.2010 Independence Day Public Holiday child pikinini reach kasem
20.07.2010 Renbel Province Special Provincial Public Holidays clear klia really barava
01.08.2010 Guadalcanal Province Special Provincial Public Holidays close kolsap return baek
03.08.2010 Makira Ulawa Province Special Provincial Public Holidays diarrhoea beleran see lukluk
15.08.2010 Malaita Province Special Provincial Public Holidays do duim shower/bath swim
07.12.2010 Western Province Special Provincial Public Holidays early eli spectacles eyeglass
25.12.2010 Christmas Day Public Holiday eight eitfala talk, speech toktok
27.12.2010 National Day of Thanksgiving Public Holiday every day evridei that datfala
01.01.2011 New Year’s Day Public Holiday everything evrisamting thank you tengkiu
25.02.2011 Choiseul Province Special Provincial Public Holidays expatriate araikwao they, you-all olketa
22.04.2011 Good Friday Public Holiday future bae, baebae to fo
23.04.2011 Holy Saturday Public Holiday father dadi story, tell,chat stori
25.04.2011 Easter Monday Public Holiday fabric, clothes kaleko very tumas
food kaikai we iumi
got garem why waswe
him/her/it hem work waka
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Solomon Island Chamber of Commerce
from 1/5/10-12/6/10 & 1/9/10-26/3/11
from 1/5/10-12/6/10 &1/9/10-26/3/11
Membership List 2010
Sector/Member Contacts (+677) Email
1950 HIR-BNE 2205 C-Corp Ltd. 23525 firstname.lastname@example.org
1550 HIR-BNE 1805
0145 HIR-INU 0435
1815 INU-HIR 1905
1415 INU-HIR 1505
Kokonut Pacific 20027 email@example.com
Dept .From-To Arr.
Solomon Islands Limited
Small & Medium Enterprises 26789 firstname.lastname@example.org
International Airline Schedule - Solomon Islands - Honiara - All Airlines
1310 HIR-NAN 1830
0830 NAN-HIR 1210
Dept .From-To Arr.
Access Plus 22522 email@example.com
DJ Graphics 22011 firstname.lastname@example.org
Solomon Telekom 21576
0945 POM-HIR 1305
0945 POM-HIR 1305
1140 HIR-POM 1300
1140 HIR-POM 1300
0900 NAN-HIR 1100
1345 HIR-NAN 1745
0900 NAN-HIR 1100
1345 HIR-NAN 1745
Construction & Engineering
Dept .From-To Arr.
Fletcher Kwaimani Joint Venture 30556 email@example.com
Kramer Group 21996 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Architecture 20066 email@example.com
POM=Port Moresby BOC Gases Limited 30261 firstname.lastname@example.org
1000 BNE-HIR 1410
1500 HIR-BNE 1710
1000 BNE-HIR 1410
1500 HIR-BNE 1710
Dept .From-To Arr.
GRP & Associates Limited 7460157
Origin Energy Limited 21833
South Pacific Oil 21838 email@example.com
0930 BNE-HIR 1345
1445 HIR-BNE 1715
0930 BNE-HIR 1345
1445 HIR-BNE 1715
0930 BNE-HIR 1345
1445 HIR-BNE 1715
0910 VLI-HIR 1110
1210 VLI-HIR 1405
Dept .From-To Arr
Financial and Professional Services
ANZ Banking Group 21111 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bank South Pacific 21874 email@example.com
BJS Agencies Limited 22393 firstname.lastname@example.org
BJS Insurance Limited 21510 email@example.com
GOH & Partners 24184 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kosol Corporation 30081 email@example.com
Misi & Associates 30372 firstname.lastname@example.org
Morris & Sojnocki 21851
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Pacifiki Services 20453 email@example.com Australian High Commission 21561
QBE Insurance (International) 38884 firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Trade Commission +61
SINPF 21659 email@example.com
Retail and Wholesale Goods
Sol-Law Limited 23886 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Brothers Engineering 30046 email@example.com
Sol-Law Partnership 23886 firstname.lastname@example.org
C&I Distributors 38176
Tower Insurance 22955 email@example.com 30153
Westpac Banking Corporation 21222 firstname.lastname@example.org Farmset Ltd 30327 email@example.com
Forestry Greyleen Electronics Ltd 30057 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kolombangara Forest 21078 email@example.com Honiara Refrigeration & 39189 firstname.lastname@example.org
Products Limited Air Conditioning Ltd 30015
Pacific Timber Company Ltd Island Enterprises Ltd 30152 email@example.com
Health Lee Kwok Kuen & Co. Ltd 22446 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern Medical Centre 39220 Officeworks Ltd 39045 email@example.com
Honiara Dispensary 23587 firstname.lastname@example.org QQQ Holdings Ltd 22351 email@example.com
Information Technology Solomon Sheet Steel Ltd 30151 firstname.lastname@example.org
Daltron (SI) Limited 25100 email@example.com Sullivans (SI) & Nambawan Meat 21643 firstname.lastname@example.org
DATEC 27009 email@example.com Universal Traders Ltd 26301 firstname.lastname@example.org
E-World Technology 25004 email@example.com Security
Technisyst 38338 firstname.lastname@example.org Solomon Security Services 28270 email@example.com
Manufacturing Tourism and Hospitality
APCO (SI) Ltd 30484 firstname.lastname@example.org GTS Ltd 22586 email@example.com
BP Investments Co. 30284 Helicopter Support 38506 firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Park Hotel 24007
Solomon Breweries Ltd 30257 email@example.com
Solomon Islands Tobacco Ltd 30127 SI-Tulagi Divers 7475043 firstname.lastname@example.org
Solomon Rice Company Ltd 30826 email@example.com
Discount Auto Parts 39209 firstname.lastname@example.org
Solomon Shell Supply Co. Ltd 39527 email@example.com
Eastern Motors 30475 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sullivans (SI) & Nambawan Meat 21643 email@example.com
Tongs Corporation Ltd 38159 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ela Motors 30314 email@example.com
Tropic Glass & Aluminium Ltd 30836 firstname.lastname@example.org
Motor Corporation 39290 email@example.com
Gold Ridge Mining Ltd 38351 Pacific Air Express 39248 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Porphyry (SI) Ltd 30250 PDL Toll 4500 email@example.com
SMM Solomon Ltd 27075 Silentworld (SI) Limited 25416 firstname.lastname@example.org
Silentworld Expeditions (SI) Ltd. 96283 email@example.com
Toyota Tsuho (SI) Limited
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Tradco Shipping Ltd 22588 firstname.lastname@example.org
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C BL Certi ed Practising Accountants
Your Finance & Management Advisors
We provide professional service as follows:
Accounting & Auditing Services Management Consulting
Foreign Investment Submissions Loan Application Submissions
Company Formation Project Management
Company Liquidation Tax Advice & Planning
Work & Residence Permit Submissions Statutory Secretarial Services
Advice & Support to the NGO Sector MYOB Certi ed Consultant &
Product Sales & Service
For more information contact Gideon Zoleveke on
26373 Fax 26374
Unit 2 Komi Fera Pako Building P.O. Box 2066
Commonwealth Street Honiara
Point Cruz Solomon Islands
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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For Courteous, Efficient, Fast & Reliable Service
AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES For More Information
Specialize In: (Motor Repair Workshop) Call Us Now!
Ask For Tamana or John Au
1. General Vehicle Service / Maintenance
2. Vehicle Inspection For Road Worthy 30475
3. Auto Mechanical & Electrical Repairs Fax 30400
4. Panel Beating & Spray Painting Mobile 74 75868
5. Vehicle Air Condition Service
We Also Provide Special Orders For Vehicles / Spare Parts
P.O. Box R136, Honiara
Ranadi Industrial Estate EMAIL email@example.com
(Next To XJ6 Warehouse)
The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) is the premier financial institution in the Solomon Islands
established by an Act of Parliament to act as advisor and banker to the Government and supervisor of
the commercial bank and other financial institutions.
Other Services include:
• Issuance of National Currency and Numismatic coins
• Facilitate Government security market
• Provide banking services for commercial banks and government
• External reserves investment and management
• Facilitate foreign currency and international trade transactions
• Fixing of daily exchange rates
• Registrar of Credit Unions
• Produce Annual, Quarterly and Monthly Economic Reports
Telephone: (677) 21791 Facsimile: (677) 23513
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.cbsi.com.sb
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World-class services and
Heritage Park Hotel is situated on the site of the former Governor’s
facilities to pamper the
Residence and boasts more than 5 acres of prime waterfront land and
individual and satisfy the most
tranquil landscaped gardens.
The Hotel offers a blend of modern luxury coupled with cultural
heritage. The Hotel has achieved a well earned reputation for its
creative dining menu.
Guests can enjoy cuisine from around the world and excellent
Our focus is on your comfort restaurant service.
and enjoyment while in A selection of rooms and apartments in one and two bed room
Solomon Islands. designs plus a Presidential apartment with 2 bedrooms and study
or third bedroom are available for permanent and short term rental.
Apartment guests can enjoy the hotel facilities including in-room
Guests can relax in the large swimming pool, a fabulous place to
Whether you are relaxing admire the view and soak up the essence of this peaceful location.
about the pool or the Heritage Park Hotel is well equipped for the business traveller and
hotel grounds. includes: • Four conference facilities • Business Centre.
• Wireless internet. • Broadband. • Poolside function area.
The hotel’s business centre
provides everything for the
modern business person. Heritage Park Hotel Honiara, Solomon Islands
Post Office Box 1598 Honiara.
Tel: (677) 24 007 Fax: (677) 21 001
Web: www.hph.com.sb Email: email@example.com
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GET SERIOUS, GET STIHL
“A WHOLLY OWNED SOLOMON ISLANDS BUSINESS”
CHAINSAWS & BRUSHCUTTERS The Pride of Honiara
Our fully refurbished 100 rooms,
4 executive suites and 14 executive
rooms, all boast splendid sea views,
quality facilities and contemporary
Hotel Kitano Group
Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, Our New Conference Centre
P.O.Box 384 Mendana Ave.,
Honiara, Solomon Islands. accommodates from 20 - 150 people
Tel: 677- 20071 and is equipped with a modern
Fax: 677- 23942
tHe Kitano new YorK The New Capitana Restaurant offers
66 Park Ave., At 38TH St.,
New York, NY 10016, U.S.A. international cuisine. Panoramic views
Tel: 1-212-885-7000 of the historic Iron Bottom Sound Lagoon
can be enjoyed over drink and snack on
the Raratana Terrace in front of Capitana
Hotel niKKo Hanoi Restaurant.
84 Tran Mhan Tong St.,
Tel: 84-4-822-3535 Traditional furnishings imported from
Japan complete your authentic dining
experience at the popular Hakubai
Japanese restaurant. Dine at the sushi
bar or enjoy table cooking such as
Shabu-shabu, Sukiyaki, and Yosenabe.
P.O. Box 410, Honiara, Solomon Islands
PO Box 384, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel: (677) 20071 • Fax: (677) 23942 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“At the Big Chainsaw, Ranadi”
25 years in
Westpac has a long history of financial expertise
in the Solomon Islands. Talk to a Westpac
Relationship Manager about banking solutions
for your business – including E-Banking, Bill Pay
facility and Internet Payment gateway.
We can visit you or you can call into the branch
to discuss our complete range of financial
Call 677 21222
Visit Mendana Avenue, Honiara
We’re a bank you can bank on.
Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141. The liability of
its members is limited.
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tropiC gLaSS & aLUMiniUM
po. BoX 1551, ranadi indUStriaL area honiara, SoLoMon iSLandS
teL: (677) 30836 FaX: (677) 39029
We have Pride in everything we do
TGA has just completed another project with Lamana Development ‘this time in PNG Kokopo” the project was
We have pride in everything We do
another Hotel complex the “Gazelle International Hotel” which is due to be fully completed by the end of May
TGA has played major part in the construction of the hotel by Supplying and installing all the Glass and Aluminium
to the project.
TGA has just completed another project with Lamana Development ‘this time in PNG Kokopo’ the project was
the ‘Gazelle very Francis (project Manager), to be Cooper work on the project. Mr Luke
another hotel complex team of Mr Steveimpressed in thewhich is dueMr Philfully their(site Manager)end of May 2010.
Strain (senior supervisor) where International Hotel’ way that TGA carried out completed by the
Mr Phil Cooper who also worked on the Heritage Park Hotel project for Lamana Development has only praise
for played the professional way they carried out their work supplying and also in the way TGA presented
TGA hasTGA staffainmajor part in the construction of the hotel byon the project andinstalling all the glass and
themselves to the local
aluminium to the project. people of Kokopo PNG .
Lamana Development has been very happy in the way that TGA performed on the project seeing that it was TGA first
project out-side of
The construction teamthe Solomon Islands, a lot of larger foreign companies who do work in the outer areas of PNG do
of Mr well due to the (Project Manager), Mr Phil Cooper (Site the natural environment,
find it very hard to perform Steve Francis procurements of materials and fitting in with Manager) and Mr Luke
but TGA had very little problems in impressed to their fore planning carried out their work
Strain (Senior Supervisor) were verythat area duein the way that TGAof their management. on the project.
Mr Phil Cooper who also worked on the Heritage Park Hotel project for Lamana Development has only praise
for TGA staff in the professional way they carried out their work on the project and also in the way TGA
presented themselves to the local people of Kokopo PNG.
Lamana Development has been very happy in the way that TGA performed on the project seeing that it was
TGA’s first project outside the Solomon Islands, a lot of larger foreign companies who do work in the outer
areas of PNG find it very hard to perform well due to the procurement of materials and fitting in with the natural
environment, but TGA had very little problems in that area due to their forward planning of their management.
Real Estate Agent
& Property Management
BJS Corporate Headquarters Rentals - residential & commercial
Commonwealth Street long or short term leases
Point Cruz, Honiara
Solomon Islands Sales - residential & commercial
Box 439, Honiara,
Solomon Islands Storage for personnal effects
or commercial goods
Negotiate & assist with sales & purchases
of residential or commercial properties
+677 7494126 or +677 23277
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Solomon Islands War Memorial The longer-term plan of the Trust is to incorporate the stories of the
Solomon Islands War Memorial
Solomon Islands War Memorial
Coastwatchers and Scouts into Solomon Islands educational history
curriculum. The history and stories of these heroes are disappearing fast
and need to be recorded for sharing with future generations.
Contact: Bruce Saunders T: +677 23508 E: email@example.com
Digital Artist’s Impression of War Memorial
A Memorial is being built in Honiara to ensure the history and stories
of Solomon Islands war heroes, the Coastwatchers and Scouts, are not
American veterans and those from Australia and New Zealand who
served in the South Pacific will remember the heroic actions of Solomon
Island Coastwatchers and Scouts who observed and reported on the
movement of the Japanese. There is no doubt that the success of the
Solomon Island campaign depended upon the bravery and tenacity of
this dedicated group of people. Admiral Halsey said...” The Coastwatchers
saved Guadalcanal, and Guadalcanal saved the Pacific!”
To honour their memory and to help develop a sense of national pride Above Left:
through their war heroes, a Trust has been established to raise funds to District Officer Martin Clemens
build a Memorial to the Coastwatchers and Scouts. The memorial will be with Scouts
located at the harbour end of Commonwealth Street, for all the incoming
and outgoing Solomon Islanders who leave/arrive from the port, to see
the memorial. Alfred Alesasa Bisili
Nationally respected carver Mr Frank Haikui Sr. who comes from Bellona
designed the Memorial. Included in the construction of the memorial will Drawing of sculpture by artist
be an Honour Roll, a list of the names of the Solomon Scouts engraved Frank Haikiu
for posterity. Finding these names will be a task in itself as many records
were lost during the ethnic tensions and a lot of information will be from
word of mouth and verifying stories.
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Solo Enviro Beautification (SEB)
Solo Enviro Beautification
SEB has been providing protection and maintenance of the natural
environment of Solomon Islands through the Honiara Beautification
Committee since 1999. Support for SEB activities has been through
generous funding support from the European Union; Japanese
Grassroots Programme; AusAID; British High Commission; New Zealand
High Commission, HKL, BSP, ANZ, City Centre, Pacific Casino Hotel, World
Bank, Solbrew, Telekom, SINPF, BJS and the German Embassy. Private
support has come from Solomon Tobacco; Markwarth Oil; South Pacific
Oil Ltd; Price Waterhouse Coopers; Goh and partners.
The office of the SEB, now situated at Hasting Deering, Ranadini is the
base for operations in Honiara. For the previous ten years, SEB worked
from the Honiara Botanical Gardens, however, due to unforeseen
circumstances SEB had to relocate.
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Solo Enviro Beautification
Solo Enviro Beautification
SEB continues to maintain The Memorial Park Henderson, Police
and Children’s Parks at Rove, city roundabouts, World Bank gardens,
city centre gardens, NPF and Westpac gardens, Pacific Casino and
Commonwealth Street. Tree planting, creating structures in harmony with
the environment and training of future staff are other vital roles played by
Other initiatives include Solomon Islander’s art, showcased on the
large flower pots situated on the median strip in central Honiara. Street
cleaning/sweeping and grass cutting are also part of this programme.
SEB, through its training activities also reaches out to the Provincial
Centres. Its long term emphasis will be on providing open space for
passive recreation and community interaction; to cultivate, conserve,
research and display plants of the region; provide relevant education and Nursery Practice Training
be a centre for art and cultural activities. By expanding its role as an NGO,
it seeks a measure of financial independence through ongoing business
Contact: Tiffany Tena Tuhaika
T: +677 22832 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tree Planting on Median Strip
Mendana Hotel Landscaping
Equipment Operation Training
Horticultural Training Graduation
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List of Advertisers
Company Name Tel +677 Pg Company Name Tel +677 Pg
Access Plus 22522 156 Discount Auto Parts Ltd 39209 162
AJ & G Blum Ltd 23277 173 Eastern Motors Ltd 30475 150
ANZ Bank 21111 iii Fiesta Restaurant & 25599 160
APCO Coatings 30484 36 Fletcher Kwaimani JV 30556 108
AR House Keeping 7478303 10 GOH & Partners 21654 45
Arania Enterprises Ltd 38510 22 Guadalcanal Electrics Ltd 30897 151
BJS Agencies Limited 23532 xvi Guadalcanal Travel 22586 147
(Buyers of Non-Ferrous 22393 Service 22587
BJS Events & 39619 158 Hasting Deerings 30274 ix
BJS Group of 39619 vi Heritage Park Hotel Ltd 24007 161
BJS Logistics 23508 172 Hibiscus Lodge 53051 170
BJS Recruitment 23508 xxii Honiara Hardware 30352 xxiv
BJS Services 23508 100 I.D.C Shipping 22122 20
Bluewater 38355 160 Jedok Trading Ltd 23545 xxiii
Bowmans 21901 xiii Jedom Organic Fruits 7472962 178
Budget Car & Truck 39082 xii John Wesley Timber Ltd 39801 139
Café El-Shaddai 25005 157 Kramer Ausenco 21996 2
38187 (Solomon Islands) Ltd
CBL Accountants (CPA) 26373 149 Lei Gift Shop 24007 ext 168
Central Bank of the 21791 153 Lime Lounge 23064 155
Solomon Islands (CBSI)
Courier Bike Express 22393 14 Lime Lounge catering 23064 173
Dalgro S.I Ltd 39394 169 LKP Hardware Ltd 22594 148
Daltron Elecctronics 25100 i.c. MASE Business 25035 135
Datec 27009 167
DHL Worldwide Express 22393 157 Melanesian Handicraft 22189 xi
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Motor Corporation 39290 61 Solomon Airlines 20031 166
(SI) Ltd 39562
Nambawan Architects 38055 67 Solomon Breweries Ltd 30257 viii
Ocean View Restaurant 25009 i.b.c Solomon Islands Printers 22641 152
& Captain’s Bar Ltd 23642
One Steel (61) 7 70 Solomon Islands Tobacco 30127 i
3249 5000 Co Ltd
Origin Energy 21833 80 Solomon Islands Visitors 22442 182
Solomons Ltd Bureau
Our Telekom 21576 ii Solomon Kitano Medana 20071 163
Pacific Air Express Ltd 39248 98 Solomon Security 28270 146
Pacific Casino Hotel 25009 bc Solrice Company Ltd/ 30826 x
Premiere Real Estate & 21404 18 Tatalani Builders Ltd 28237 164
Provincial Press 21247 150 TDA Ltd 53145 170
QBE Asia Pacific 38884 112 Terminal Services 36912 44
Quality Foods Limited 30157 78 Tradco Shipping Ltd 22588 154
Quan Chee Motors 22399 117 Tropic Glass & Aluminium 30836 171
Satellite Solutions 25589 166 Westpac Banking 21222 165
Silentworld Shipping 30956 xiv Y.Sato Marine 21636 159
and Logistics Ltd 25416
Sol-Law Barristers, 23886 119 Y.Sato Mini Mart 21636 159
Solicitors & Notaries
Emergency Phone Numbers
Emergency telephone numbers for public emergency services are
TOLL FREE from any phone, funded by Solomon Telekom Company Ltd.
Police 999 Fire 988
Hospitals 911 Meteorological Service 933
Crime Stop 966 National Disaster (Cyclones etc) 955
Marine Search & Rescue 977 Civil Aviation 922
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