13 Apr 2010

Australia and ADB help Solomons with custom laws

1:36 pm on 13 April 2010

The Australian Government and the Asian Development Bank have announced a joint package, worth 600,000 US dollars, to modernise and improve customs laws in Solomon Islands.

Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O'Connor, says the package will support a full revision of the Solomon Islands Customs and Excise Act to help streamline customs processes.

He says the ADB and the Australian Government will assist the Solomons Government to draft a Customs and Excise Bill for consideration by its Parliament.

The new legislation, tailored to the Solomons needs, will improve revenue collection and border protection systems.