Procedures and Legal Requirements to Establish a Local Company

Doing Business in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands has a small but sustainable economy, capable of delivering good investment outcomes in the primary industry, fisheries, forestry and mining sectors. The main competitive advantages are its abundance in untapped natural resources, an "open economy" in international trading and  specializing in the production of goods and services. Thus, infrastructure and international connectivity are reasonably good and welcomes foreign investment.

Corporate Structure

Upon receipt of the COR, the applicants can apply for incorporation of a company. The application fee to register a company in Solomon Islands is SB$1,250.00 (or US$152.25 equivalent). There are four main types of company:

A private company can convert into public company or vice versa under the Act. While the Companies Act 2009 does not state the minimum amount of paid-up capital, one per cent stamp duty will be levied on the authorised capital of the company.

Foreign Investment Requirements

Foreign individuals or companies doing business in Solomon Islands must be registered under the Foreign Investment Act 2005 and hold a current Certificate of Registration (COR) under that Act. The Act has a standard form of application which requires some detail. In addition to filing a business plan, foreign individuals or companies must provide details of:

Tax Regime

Tax (both direct and indirect) in Solomon Islands is high in real terms compared with some other more developed countries.
However, in order to do business in Solomon Islands, investors are required meet strict tax regimes

Other Related Laws

Apart from the Foreign Investment Act 2005, Companies Act 2009 and Tax Regimes, there are also other legal requirements that are to be met in order to establish business within Solomon Islands.