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Solomon Islands


The Solomon Islands is the second largest country (by landmass) in the Pacific, and is made up of nearly one thousand islands, located east of Papua New Guinea and north of Vanuatu. The presence of the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has restored law and order and rebuilt many of the country's institutions. Furthermore, in recent years there have been a number of economic reforms which have improved private sector performance. Traditionally at the cornerstone of the economy, logging has been experiencing diminishing returns, but is being offset by growth in palm oil and copra exports. The Solomon's fisheries also provide significant opportunities, and a Japanese joint venture is exporting tuna under local management. An Australian mining company has also re-established gold mining in the country and new interest from international mining groups have focussed around gold, nickel and seafloor deposits.

The Solomon Islands' tourism industry is also growing. As part of the WWF Coral Triangle Initiative, its reefs are some of the most protected in the world and with some of the densest concentrations of World War II wrecks; the country is establishing an enviable reputation as a diving holiday destination. The industry has also received a boost by Lonely Planet, who placed the Solomons as one of the "10 destinations to visit in 2013". In their words, "Forget mass-market or luxury retreats; think engaging eco-resorts, village homestays and some of the best scuba diving anywhere."

Solomon Airlines operate domestic services within Solomon Islands and also operate international flights from Brisbane to the Solomons four days a week. Virgin Australia also flies 2 times per week to Brisbane. Solomon Airlines also schedule flights from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu with the help of Air Niugini and Air Pacific.

Thanks to healthy competition in the telecommunications space (Vodafone-Bemobile and Our Telekom/Breeze Mobile), the Solomon Islands enjoy a 3G network, international roaming capabilities, as well as wireless internet connections in major hotels and other locations.

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