National security summit set to begin on August 20

The first-ever National Security Summit to be hosted by the Solomon Islands Government is set to begin on August 20 to 22, following Cabinet approval in June this year.

Hosted by the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNSCS) in partnership with other relevant Ministries, the Summit aims to gather views from multi-sectoral authorities to validate the recently developed National Security Strategy (NSS).

The Summit gathers all leaders, from Government, Provincial Assemblies, Traditional Institutions, Churches, Non-State Actors, Diplomatic Corps Including International and Regional Organizations and SOEs and Constitutional Post holders or their delegated representatives.

Preparations for the Summit are well underway with plans put in place for the Official Opening Ceremony to be hosted at the National Museum Auditorium where members of the public are encouraged to witness while the Summit proper will take place at the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Conference Center from August 20-22.

The Summit provides an opportunity for leaders to validate the NSS and also exploit the opportunity to get them engage in conversation on important issues that impact the country’s national security.

The summit format will include facilitated exchanges, plenary discussions, panel discussions and roundtable dialogues.

Chair of the intra-ministerial Strategic Advisory Support Group (SASG) and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Karen Galokale said the Summit is critical to validate the National Security Strategy.

“The views of leaders that will be engaged are important so that the NSS is inclusive and encompasses the various security concerns and needs of Solomon Islands when it is implemented,” Ms Qalokale said.

The Summit has been structured so that the first day is a scene-setting day to discuss issues such as the Post RAMSI Solomon Islands, socio-economic situation of Solomon Islands, development challenges, climate change, Global and regional security situation and Solomon Islands International Commitment.

On the second day, focus will be on validating the NSS followed by two closed roundtable dialogues, one between the SIG and Civil society while the other is a dialogue between SIG and Development partners.

The first dialogue is an opportunity for SIG to dialogue with civil society on the NSS aiming to solicit their views as well as exchange on how civil society can deepen their advocacy for a number of the strategic actions that could form part of their own work.

The second dialogue will be between SIG and development partners and this plenary provides an opportunity for SIG to present the NSS to development partners where views will be exchanged focusing on implementation programmes and where possible, forging partnerships.

Source: SIG/GCU