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Long-term leasehold arrangements for customary land in Solomon Islands

CollectionsPacific Economic Bulletin (1991-2010)
Title: Long-term leasehold arrangements for customary land in Solomon Islands
Author(s): Kaliuae, Samani L.D.
Publisher: Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Asia Pacific Press
Description: 
In the interests of promoting the people's welfare, long-term leasehold tenure of customary land should be carefully made available to individual tenants on commercially viable areas throughout Solomon Islands. This approach is favoured for several reasons: a similar arrangement to individual long-term leasehold of customary land can be found in pre-contact societies; it is allowed under the current legal framework; and the systematic application of the concept of long-term individual leasehold tenure has already worked in Solomon Islands under the Fixed-Term Leasehold and Perpetual Estates legislation, but more significantly on a much broader scale in Fiji under the Native Land Trust Act 1948. This article argues that it is possible to draft a comprehensive legal framework for this purpose without undermining the cultural, political, religious and historical dimensions of customary land.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/157778
ISSN: 1834-9455 (online)
0817-8038 (print)

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