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Starting a Business in Solomon Islands: Guide

Staff Reporter | 10:15 PM |

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.
Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Solomon Islands. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.
This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Obtain approval of the company name from the Ministry of Commerce1 dayNo charge
2Register the company with the Registrar of Companies1-2 daysincluded in procedure 3
* 3Pay registration fees at the Inland Revenue Division1 day, simultaneous with previous procedureSBD 1250
4Register for income tax, goods tax, and sales tax3 daysno charge
* 5Register as an employer with the National Provident Fund1 day, simultaneous with previous procedureno charge
* 6Make a company seal4 days, simultaneous with previous procedureSBD 500
* 7Pay a business licence fee at the Honiara Council1-3 days, simultaneous with previous procedureSBD 2700
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.