22 Oct 2005

Solomons laws out of date, says manager of customs reform

8:23 am on 22 October 2005

The manager of the Customs Reform programme in Solomon Islands says the country's laws are out of date.

Clay Kerswell has told the Chamber of Commerce that reviewing the Customs and Excise Act will be an important part of the reform.

"The current legislation is a legacy from the days of the British really. There's been very little change to legislation in recent years, and clearly most of the legislation is inappropriate for the modern trading environment that Solomon Islands finds itself in. So legislative reform is a very important part of modernisation."

The four-year programme will provide technical assistance and advice on operational issues.

Mr Kerswell says taxes on international trade will continue to make significant contribution to government revenues.