Participants at the 9th Australia-Solomon Islands Business Forum which was hosted in Honiara in 2017. It was hosted again in Brisbane, Australia last year. The 11th Forum will return to Honiara this September bringing together senior Australian and Solomon Islands business and government representatives.

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) in partnership with the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) are pleased to announce that online registration for the 11th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum is now open.

The forum will be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands on 11 September to 12 September 2019.

The two-day forum, hosted by APIBC and SICCI, will bring together senior Australian and Solomon Islands business and government representatives to hear and discuss information relating to doing business in Solomon Islands.

The Forum will take place at the Heritage Park Hotel and this year attending delegates will have the option of a pre-Forum visit to Munda in the Western Province for on-site briefings on industry developments and tourism prospects there.

This is to enable forum delegates to gain an understanding of business and economic developments planned and currently taking place in Western Solomon Islands at Munda and Noro, utilising the recently commenced direct Brisbane to Munda service operated by Solomon Airlines.

The Forum will feature speakers, sessions and updates that will be invaluable for those currently doing business in Solomon Islands or looking to do so.

There are a number of areas of interest and possible growth that will be covered in the program including trade and investment, mining, economy, law, governance, tourism, agriculture and infrastructure.

There will also be sessions covering Solomon Islands elections, Solomon Islanders in the Australian Labour Market, the role of banks in financing economic and business growth and young entrepreneurs in the Solomon Islands.

According to the provisional event program, invited keynote speakers for the event include the Honorable Manasseh Sogavare, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands and the Hon Alex Hawke, Australia’s Minister for the Pacific and International Development.

The 11th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum this year has the theme ‘Partnership for shared prosperity’.

SICCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms Atenasi Ata said the Chamber values its partnership with the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council in providing an opportunity for businesses and government representatives from both countries to come together, to connect with established business colleagues and learn about new business opportunities.

“SICCI highlighted during the 10th Forum last year in Brisbane that Solomon Islands is ready for direct foreign investment, and as a Chamber we are committed to working with potential and genuine investors.

“Creating much needed jobs for our growing population is one aspect of our work we take very seriously and at the Chamber of Commerce we believe that this forum will provide an avenue for Australian businesses to invest in sectors that will contribute to economic and employment growth for Solomon Islands,” SICCI CEO, Ms Ata, said.

She continues, “The private sector drives Solomon Islands’ economy, and as the peak body representing the private sector, SICCI strives to improve the ease of doing business in the Solomon Islands. That is why having key Government departments on the political leadership through to the ministries such as Commerce and Industry, and Infrastructure Development and the resources ministries continues to be key partners in events like this.”

SICCI Board Chairman, Mr Jay Bartlett said over the years bilateral and trade relations between Australia and Solomon Islands has grown from strength to strength and that Solomon Island remains a growing market and offers good investment opportunities for Australian Businesses.

APIBC exists to build effective business relationships between Australia and Solomon Islands to support trade and investment between Australia and Solomon Islands and economic growth in Solomon Islands.

This Forum is seen as a great way to further develop these connections.

Solomon Islands has a lot to offer and this Forum will provide an excellent overview.

To register your attendance please visit to register online or contact the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council, by e-mail to , or Fax: +61 7 3348 5172 for application forms.

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