‘Drawdown well on track’

RAMSI’s drawdown preparations are well on track, the country’s Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was informed. This came after RAMSI Special Coordinator Quinton Devlin, and the Deputy Special Coordinator, Alex Cameron briefed Mr Sogavare on the development phases of the RAMSI drawdown strategy on Friday. A statement from the Prime Minister Press Secretariat said, with six…

PM Sogavare impressed with specialist police team

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has applauded the professionalism and skill of the nation’s Police Response Team (PRT) and Close Personal Protection Team (CPP) following a public order management and dignitary protection demonstrations at the RAMSI Base in East Honiara yesterday. “We are ready to make the final decision on the rearming of the Royal Solomon Islands…

Pre-RAMSI exit briefings held

Senior representatives of the national government, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat this week discussed preparations for RAMSI’s departure in June 2017 with a range of important stakeholders. Specifically, they briefed women leaders attending a National Women’s Summit on Peace and…

PM Sogavare, Turnbull discuss RAMSI deal

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull have discussed the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) drawdown and a successor Australian policing arrangement with Solomon Islands. The issue of RAMSI drawdown, including a new Australian policing arrangement with Solomon Islands for the post-RAMSI era was the main focus of the bilateral…

Gov’t welcomes forum’s commendation, RAMSI draw-down preparation progresses

The recent outcome of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders meeting on RAMSI as a regional success story has been hailed by the government as preparation to farewell the mission progresses. RAMSI which has only nine lefts in the country had contributed to strengthening regional cooperation and capacity building on security in the country. In…

Byrne outlines post-RAMSI security plans

The Australian High Commission has hosted a media workshop to keep Solomon Islanders informed about Australia’s plans to support security and stability in Solomon Islands after RAMSI departs in June 2017. Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne, said that the workshop provided an important opportunity for Australia to clarify its plans for post-RAMSI support and to…

SIG refutes permanent AFP presence in Solomon’s

The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) Special Secretary for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Mr John Wasi has refuted perceptions that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is planning to establish a permanent post in Solomon Islands in the post RAMSI period. He said rather what is happening is that Honiara and Canberra are…

PM commissions state-of-the-art RSIPF national response dept facility

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare today joined the Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Mr Quinton Devlin and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Frank Prendergast to commission the new state-of-the-art National Response Department building of the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP). The National Response Department building contains an armoury, an…

Fear not, PM Sogavare assures nation

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured the nation that there is nothing to fear about Police officers bearing firearms under the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP) Limited Rearmament Program. Hon Sogavare made the assurance in his keynote speech at the opening of the new RSIPF National Response Department Building at Rove Police Headquarters containing the…

SI, Aust discuss new development aid programme design for post-RAMSI era

HONIARA and Canberra have commenced dialogue on the design of a new development assistance programme to succeed Australia’s development assistance programme to Solomon Islands through the Regional Assistance Mission in the post-RAMSI era. Australian development assistance programme through RAMSI focusses on the strengthening of the police and correctional services, judicial system and governance machinery. An…