Our engagement with the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) remains critical if any to improving the business environment and influencing policy outcomes. Currently, our engagement with SIG  is loose and on an ad-hoc basis.

In 2017, we intend to establish a formal mechanism to dialogue with the Government through an MOU. The MOU will provide a structured platform for policy dialogue and engagement through the establishment of an Advisory Group. The signing of the MOU in 2017 remains a high priority for the Chamber including the establishment of the Advisory Group. It is at the Advisory Group meetings that issues of interest to the private sector will be elevated to for discussion.

In 2017, the Chamber will undertake planned advocacy and reactive advocacy. The Secretariat will focus on 5 key planned advocacy initiatives aside from responding to reactive advocacy. It is envisaged that these priorities are specific, measurable and achievable and also generally supported by other interest group:

  • Taxation – Our focus on tax will be the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) threshold with the view to either increase the threshold and or reduce the rates for subsequent brackets.
  • Infrastructure – Our focus will be on implementing and reducing the Ports Tariff charges and improvement in SIPA operations.
  • Business health – Our focus will be to improve Government system in dealing with payments to Business Households and services providers.
  • Agriculture – Our focus will be on actioning assistance to the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Council (YEC) – establish YEC and explore opportunities to assist and build capacity of young entrepreneurs to actively participate in the market.