Ease of Doing Business in

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Download Profile (1720.7KB, pdf)
Region East Asia & Pacific
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 583,591
GNI Per Capita (US$) 1,940
City covered Honiara



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DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 104 105 up
59.17 58.79 down
Starting a Business 97 91 down
85.48 85.11 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 63 59 down
72.76 72.94 down
Getting Electricity 80 91 up
72.53 69.01 up
Registering Property 152 153 up
47.38 47.34 up
Getting Credit 82 78 down
50.00 50.00
Protecting Minority Investors 106 101 down
50.00 50.00
Paying Taxes 39 38 down
83.58 83.58
Trading across Borders 151 152 up
53.45 53.45
Enforcing Contracts 153 152 down
44.63 44.63
Resolving Insolvency 138 136 down
31.90 31.85 up

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

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Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 96.0
Name of utility Solomon Islands Electricity Authority
City Honiara
Indicator Solomon Islands East Asia & Pacific OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 4 4.5 4.8
Time (days) info_outline 53 72.9 76.2
Cost (% of income per capita) info_outline 1,253.7 714.6 62.5
Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) info_outline 3 3.6 7.5
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Submit application to SIEA and await estimate

    Agency: SIEA

    The application is submitted by the electrical contractor. An Employer letter (Employer’s letter is a form of identification of the person applying for the power supply) in the case of an individual or the company's ID with the seal is required at the time of the application. This is to ensure that a genuine developer is applying for the connection).

    SIEA does the design and plans for the project and issues an estimate for the connection.The estimate is paid at the utility. The proof of the payment has to be shown with the receipt attached to the quotation.

    There is a security deposit of 6000 SBD for commercial customers. The utility does not pay an interest and it is refunded at the end of the contract. Once the payment is made the customer signs a contract with SIEA which includes an agreement for consumption of power.

    11 calendar days SBD 2,354.41
    * 2

    Obtain external inspection by SIEA for preparing estimate

    Agency: SIEA

    SIEA inspects the site of the building to be connected for preparation of the estimate.

    1 calendar day SBD 0

    Await completion of external works by SIEA

    Agency: SIEA

    The external connection works can start immediately after all payments are done and appropriate materials are received. Only SIEA is in charge of the external connection works and only SIEA is allowed to work on all substation equipment. While the material is being ordered the utility does the initial works.

    Only underground connections are possible because only underground cabling is in stock at the utility and no material for overhead lines is available.

    35 calendar days SBD 189,200

    Receive internal wiring inspection, meter installation and electricity from SIEA

    Agency: SIEA

    Inspection of the internal wiring is done throughout the construction. The electrician must informed SIEA so that the inspector can carry out a Progress inspection throughout the construction phase. Once the internal wiring is completed, the electrical contractor submits a job completion report to SIEA and requests the final internal wiring. After an internal wiring "completion notice" is submitted to SIEA by an electrician, SIEA conducts an inspection of the internal wiring. The electrician in charge of the wiring has to be present during the inspection. The customer is issued a permit to use power after SIEA wiring inspectors have certified the installation is ready for use. The final internal wiring inspection is carried out after the external connection works are completed and the building is ready for energization.

    The meter installation is the last job to be done once all payments, technical works and internal wiring met the utility’s requirements. It can be done at the end of the internal wiring inspection. Installation of a meter is part of SIEA service to the customers and is free. The meter cost is SBD 3,500 and is included in the quotation.

    7 calendar days SBD 4,300

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) 3.0
    Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3) 2.0
    System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) 3.62
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 3.2
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1) 0.0
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? No
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1) 0.0
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? No
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1) 0.0
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? No
    Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1) 0.0
    Does the utility either pay compensation to customers or face fines by the regulator (or both) if outages exceed a certain cap? No
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1) 1.0
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online http://solomonpower.com.sb/sites/default/files/tariff/Q3%20Tariff%202016.pd...
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 96.0


    If the duration and frequency of outages is 100 or less, the economy is eligible to score on the Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index.

    If the duration and frequency of outages is not available, or is over 100, the economy is not eligible to score on the index.