Members of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) were briefed on the ongoing drawdown of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), mid this week.
A delegation comprising of RAMSI the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and Government officials teamed up with SICCI in hosting a business breakfast on Wednesday morning and shared updates on the progress of RAMSI’s drawdown.
The drawdown is expected to conclude by June 2017.
RAMSI Special Coordinator, Quinton Devlin who led the discussions said RAMSI has confidence in the local police force RSIPF to resume full responsibility in maintaining peace and security after RAMSI leaves.
Mr Devlin outlined RAMSI’s final transition phase and highlighted the next steps ahead, noting that RSIPF will continue to access support from Australia through bilateral arrangement.
The briefings are part of a wide-ranging series of community and stakeholder consultations on RAMSI’s drawdown and the Solomon Islands Government’s preparations for RAMSI’s conclusion.
RSIPF Police Commissioner, Frank Prendergast, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police and Correctional Service, Edmond Sikua, and SIG Special Secretary to RAMSI, John Wasi also attended the business breakfast.
The speakers, in particular the Commissioner of Police and the Permanent Secretary, spoke of the confidence they have in the police force adding that the RSIPF is capable of maintaining law and order.
The delegation also highlighted the need for support from the community and stakeholders, and called for support from the private sector in assisting RSIPF carry out its policing role.
Special Secretary to RAMSI, John Wasi emphasized that security and law and order is everyone’s business and responsibility, and urged the business community to continue to work closely and support the police.
The breakfast provides an opportunity for SICCI members to also raise issues of concern to the delegation. The event was well attended by SICCI members who kept a lively interaction with the presenters throughout the program.
Since mid- 2013, RAMSI’s main role has been assisting the RSIPF to strengthen its capacity and further develop it as a modern, effective and self-reliant police force.
The consultations and post-RAMSI arrangements will continue in the coming months both in Honiara and the provinces.
The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) welcomes the ongoing consultations and gives its full support to RSIPF.
Source: SICCI Press Release