Strongim Bisnis is an Australian Government initiative, implemented by Adam Smith International, working with the private sector and Solomon Islands Government to make a strong, positive and lasting impact through business growth.
Increasing gender equity and opportunities for women to access and take advantage of resources to create and obtain jobs and move into senior roles throughout the market.
Increasing exports and domestic production of value-added cocoa products that result in increased incomes and jobs.
Strengthening growth of the coconut industry through marketing and diversification of the product range of existing producers, bringing sustainability and resilience to businesses.
Working with regulatory authorities and banks to better provide financial products that assist Solomon Islanders, especially those in the provinces, to access financial services.
Strongim Bisnis has identified farmers in Guadalcanal who produce fruits, vegetables, and root crops for sale through the Honiara Central Market. Fresh produce is important for the diet and livelihood of rural smallholder farming households and the organization recognizes the market's importance, especially to women and for the population's nutrition and health, with potential for growth due to population increase.
The Solomon Islands forestry sector has been the main contributor to the economy, providing up to 80% of foreign earnings for over 40 years. The government and donor partners aim to increase domestic processing and value-adding, leading to benefits such as more jobs for locals, reduced reliance on imports, and the expansion of local businesses.
Improving demand-driven, sustainable tourism for leisure tourists, resulting in improved profitability for businesses and employment opportunities for communities.
Strongim Bisnis is working on waste streams (initially within Guadalcanal, Central and Western provinces) with the objective of finding sustainable and commercially viable solutions for recycling and waste removal/disposal services. This is aimed at driving economic growth and creating private sector jobs.
This means we work with businesses and government to deal with barriers to growing businesses, and use innovative approaches to build new businesses, diversify existing ones, or scale up operations so that more people benefit.