FOR LAND OWNERS
Your surface right negotiation and access
The only time the landowners will be given
the opportunity to negotiate about any
mineral prospecting or mining development
is when you negotiate for surface rights and
access rentals. This is the only opportunity.
Negotiate smartly; know the relevant
procedures in place. Know what you should
negotiate and to whom.
1).The Director of Mines and Minerals has
the power to negotiate with the land owners
for surface access rights and rentals. After
permits or license are issued by the
2).The Minister of mines determines the
rates of Royalties upon the advisement of
3).The Royalties are paid to a trust fund,
whereby the Minister will determine how
much to give the landowners.
Negotiate smartly & innovative: Landowners
do not have any opportunity to negotiate
with either the government, or mining
company for sharing of production,
revenues, profits or in the equity capital of
the mining company if a full scale mining
development will take place.
GOVERNMENT & COMPANIES
The Mining industry is a complex industry. It
involves high risk investment from investors
and a lot of agreements to be negotiated.
The Provincial Government represents the
particular Island Province.
The Provincial government in order to
represent it’s Island must need to know the
powers it have.
1. The Provincial government has a
representative on the Mines and Minerals
Board of Directors.
2. The Provincial government has the power
to license trades and businesses or
professions within its jurisdiction.
3. It can raise revenue through basic rates
and property tax.
4. Agriculture and related environmental
Know the powers you have. Negotiate
Smartly. Provincial Government do not have
any opportunity to negotiate with either the
government, or mining company for sharing
of production, revenues, profits or in the
equity capital of the mining company if a full
scale mining development will take place.
FOR MINING INDUSTRIES
Solomon Islands is a diverse nation with
different cultures and tradition. Investing in
the mining industry therefore needs one to
understand the underlying land tenure
system. The social structure in place and
the prevailing environment of that Island.
Have a depth understanding of the
customary dispute resolution and the
etiquette. Only then, you can asses the risk
of investment and properly cover yourself
through negotiated agreements with the
Government, Landowners and the Provincial
Government. This will secure the confidence
of your investors, your insurers and the
How do you know you are dealing with the
right landowners? How will you secure
the confidence of the landowners, the
Provincial Government and the National
government in the Solomon Islands in the
Application process for Mineral Prospecting