The Solomon Islands' Chamber of Commerce has expressed regret over the withdrawal of the Japanese mining giant Sumitomo.
The miner announced its departure from the country earlier this month, citing the slumping nickel price and the loss of a legal battle over mining rights.
Sumitomo began exploring in the Solomons in 2005, but became embroiled in a six-year dispute with Australia's Axiom Mining.
The battle ended this year with neither company being granted the right to a nickel deposit in Isabel province.
The chief executive of the Chamber, Dennis Meone, told Koroi Hawkins it's unfortunate that a major international investor has departed having spent most of its time and resources in the courts.