The chair of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling on the government and the private sector to focus on creating 10,000 jobs a year to keep up with a rapidly growing population.
Jay Bartlett said 70 percent of Solomon Islanders are under 30 and the country's main focus should be on creating jobs.
Growing at the current rate of 2.3 percent, the population of about 650,000 is forecast to double by 2050.
According to the World Bank, Solomon Islands had the highest rate of unemployment in the world at 31.4 percent in 2016.
Mr Bartlett this week signed a grant agreement with the Minstry of Women and Youth to establish a Young Entrepreneurs Council which he hoped will help young people turn innovative ideas into business opportunities.
The Central Bank said only 26 percent of the population of more than 650 thousand people have bank accounts and less than 20 percent are registered taxpayers.
Photo: RAMSI gallery/Solomon Islands Govt Caption: The bustling Port of Honiara nestled in the capital's CBD. 05 November 2013