In Solomon Islands, PSDI is supporting reforms that address ongoing constraints to business activity and investment, and promote inclusive, sustainable private-sector growth.
Solomon Islands has actively sought and implemented reform initiatives with significant support from PSDI. We have worked with the Government of Solomon Islands to:
Develop a secured transactions framework, including the development of an electronic registry and providing ongoing support to lenders;
Support the Central Bank of Solomon Islands and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury in the preparation of a new credit union legislation;
Modernize business laws and registration processes, including: assisting in the development of a new Companies Act and the launching of an online companies registry; supporting the introduction of a community company structure; simplifying the business name registration process; and assisting in the creation of a modernized customs and excise regime;
Strengthen competition and consumer protection, through the development of a competition policy and providing support for a Competition Bill;
Strengthening state-owned enterprise policy, performance, governance, and transparency;
Promoting women’s economic empowerment, through pilot projects, and legislative review; and
Supporting reform through advocacy and analysis, including completing a private sector assessment for Solomon Islands in 2016.
Resources and Spending
Solomon Islands has been a leading reformer in the Pacific region, actively seeking and implementing reform initiatives with significant support from PSDI. At $5.7 million, it has received the second-largest share of PSDI funds, behind Papua New Guinea.
Business law reform activities account for 43% of PSDI’s spending in Solomon Islands since 2007, funding initiatives such as customs and company law reform, including the procurement of an online companies registry. Initiatives supporting state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform account for 25% of overall spending and have led to the installation of a community service obligation framework, the development of shared accounting services, the successful privatization of three SOEs, and a new SOE ownership policy. Financing growth initiatives, which account for 16% of overall spending, have underpinned secured transactions reform, a review of the regulatory framework for microfinance and mobile banking, strengthening the National Provident Fund, and the development of a Credit Union Policy.
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Solomon Islands at a glance
Secured transaction framework
11,000 securities registered
Online registry launched
44 day reduction
New SOE Policy
HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS (24 January 2019) — Solomon Islands’ new, commercially oriented state-owned enterprise (SOE) policy will help ensure the government’s public investments remain efficient and profitable, says the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS (19 February 2018) — In a first for Melanesia, financial results and other key information from Solomon Islands’ $230 million state-owned enterprise (SOE) portfolio can now be viewed online.
In a first for Melanesia, financial results and other key information from Solomon Islands’ $230 million state-owned enterprise (SOE) portfolio can now be viewed online.
Hunter Masuguria, Acting Permanent Secretary of Solomon Islands Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration, speaks at the launch of the expanded registry on 22 November at ceremony attended by representatives from the private sector and the Australian and New Zealand governments. In Solomon Islands, an expanded online business registry allows foreign investors and business names to be registered and searched online In a computer training room in Honiara in November, groups...
Solomon Islands-related findings and recommendations from Finding Balance 2016, PSDI’s regional state-owned enterprises benchmarking study, were presented to government and private sector representatives in Honiara today. Laure Darcy, PSDI’s SOE Reform Team Leader and co-author of the report, explained how a reform program that incorporated financial restructuring, tariff increases and improved collections, privatization and liquidation, and compensation for providing non-commercial community services had made Solomon Islands’ SOEs the best performing in the...
Amila Salgado from ADB's Solomon Islands Extended Mission speaks at the launch of Solomon Islands expanded online business registry. Applications for foreign investment licenses and business name registrations can now be lodged online and processed in 24 hours thanks to upgrades to Solomon Islands’ business registry. The registry has been accepting online applications for company registrations since it was established with PSDI support in 2010. It has now been expanded so that...