27 Jun 2011

Ramsi meetings in Honiara this week

7:05 am on 27 June 2011

The work of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands will be discussed this week in Honiara with the Pacific Islands Forum, the Solomon Islands government and RAMSI meeting.

The 7th meeting of the Enhanced Consultative Mechanism on RAMSI will be followed by the annual Forum Ministerial Standing Committee on RAMSI.

Don Wiseman reports:

"The Forum secretary general, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, says the ECM and the ministerial standing committee aim to strengthen relations between the Solomons government and RAMSI. They grew out of concerns about RAMSI raised by former Solomons prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, five years ago. Mr Slade says this year's meeting has particular importance with RAMSI next month marking eight years in Solomon Islands. He says it's an opportunity to assess what's been achieved and what work still needs to be done. Mr Slade says RAMSI is one of the success stories in regional cooperation in the Forum's 40 years of existence. Both meetings will be attended by government representatives from Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomons, as well as representatives from RAMSI and the Forum Secretariat."