HONIARA city council (HCC) has finally started issuing business license to interested business operators within Town Ground Grand Plaza.
The Solomon Star was told business licenses have already been issued to more than five interested business occupants.
Council when contacted has confirmed issuing business licenses following its environmental health assessment and physical planning inspection of the building three weeks ago.
Managing Director of China United Shaiyo Guo said about ten businesses had already got their business license.
He said this has shown council’s commitment to ensure business activities in the capital opens up to create more opportunities for citizens and also to assist council improve its much needed revenue to provide services that people within the city need.
He said this is good news not only for him as an investor but it is a win-win situation for everyone including council, the government, business houses and the public.
“It’s time to move forward and forget the experiences of the past with regards to issues that has put on hold the opening of the building for public use. It’s time to concentrate on moving things forward and ensure business activities grow to help this economy to benefit everyone,” Guo said.
He said with the demand for business activities and employment soaring, the opening of new businesses within the building will provide more opportunities for people in the country.
Gua added more business and office space should be made available once the eastern wing of the complex completes by the end of the year.
“This will provide more opportunities for employment.”
Some of the businesses who have shown interest include retail, fast food, printing, hardware, bakery shops.
Meanwhile some of the business operators who have already engaged some of the shopping space have expressed their appreciation to the council in finally giving the green light for business license.
Grand Plaza provides shopping and office space plus apartments which will hopefully ease the problem of accessing business space currently facing the city.
By DANIEL NAMOSUAIA