The Solomon Islands is a developing country with an emerging private sector. Comprising of almost 900 different islands, the Solomon Islands continues to be supported by significant international aid. The Solomon Islands economy has traditionally had sector strengths in forestry, fishery and agriculture. Since the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and a restoration of international confidence in the Solomon Islands, there has also been ongoing growth in the mining and tourism sectors. The Solomon Islands continues to have a vibrant small business community, which is mostly situated around cities like Honiara.
The Solomon Islands economy is still characterized by a number of monopolies, particularly in the utilities, infrastructure and transport sectors, which has obvious implications for price and service competitiveness in these sectors. A lack of competition in these sectors has obvious flow-on impacts for other businesses in the Solomon Islands as well.
The Chamber of Commerce is always ready to assist you to access business information, contacts and advice that may be required to understand business and investment in the Solomon Islands, whether you are starting or growing your business.
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Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC) was incorporated in 1998 as an NGO with a vision; “to be a catalyst for the development of successful businesses in Solomon Islands. SISBEC has been around for about 18 years at least. If you have passion for business, do not go pass SISBEC. We have services for business enthusiasts, starters, and those who are in business. Our services include; business training, business coaching and mentoring, MYOB training & onsite training support, financial literacy and bee keeping training. In summary we desire to see you successful in your business and your livelihood activities so embrace our services and support.
APTC offers programs and qualifications from Certificate III to Diploma level in the automotive, manufacturing, construction, electrical, tourism, hospitality, education, management and health and community services industry sectors. Know more about APTC's operation in the Solomon Islands and what courses we have on offer. Contact us here
Visit APTC's website on www.aptc.edu.au
We work with business support organisations, (like chambers of commerce), NGOs and regional development agencies, and directly with businesses, to help enterprising individuals and families in the Pacific Islands to generate sustainable incomes.
We do this by providing relevant, effective, value-for-money training workshops and coaching, for businesses of all types and sizes.
Many business people from Solomon Islands need to visit or transit through Australia. This link to the Australian Department of Immigration provides information on how to get an entry or transit visa. Business people can often get 12 month, multiple entry visas. SICCI has been advised by the Department that it is important to apply early and with complete documentation to ensure smooth processing.