3 Sep 2013

Local authorities in Honiara say more investors needed to create jobs

9:55 am on 3 September 2013

Local authorities in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, say more foreign investors are needed in the country to help create jobs.

Growing migration into the capital is leading to more unemployment and crime and the Honiara City Council Clerk, Charles Kelly, says the council is trying to create more work for young Solomon Islanders.

But he says there is a lack of investors.

"Whoever is interested to invest in Solomon and it's up to the Investment Board to select who. But for the services that we provide to make it more attractive and also make it more compatible with other cities around the world, we need to have people that can bring changes to the city."

Charles Kelly says the Council has a Rapid Employment Project which has provided thousands of jobs for young people over the past few years.