30 Sep 2013

Solomons Chamber of Commerce says more funding needed for rural areas

4:04 pm on 30 September 2013

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce says it would like the government to inject more funds into rural areas to help indigenous people utilise their land.

The Chamber says the dynamics of doing business have changed in Solomon Islands, as a growing Chinese population is creating tougher competition for locals, particularly in the retail and wholesale sectors, which are dominated by Chinese.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Tengemoana says there is room to develop the tourism and agriculture sectors but the government must take some responsibility.

"As a local, you know, I would like to see some assistance, some money being allocated in the government budget for development purposes in the rural areas. So people can utilise what they have or to improve their livelihoods."

Jerry Tengemoana says landowners must also be willing to offer their property for agricultural developments.