Leaders from the 15 contributing nations of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) visited today (29 June) the recently-opened exhibition focused on the RAMSI period (2003-2017) at the National Museum of Solomon Islands.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and RAMSI Special Coordinator Quinton Devlin guided the Presidents, Governors-General, Prime Ministers and other high-ranking envoys through the colourful displays and discussed various aspect of the story of RAMSI.
The Leaders found the exhibition highly informative and were impressed by the detailed portrayal of the people, places and partnerships that had led to RAMSI’s success and the recovery and re-building of Solomon Islands.
RAMSI Special Coordinator Quinton Devlin said that, symbolically, the Leaders’ presence in Honiara was an important book end to the RAMSI mission.
“The Leaders of the RAMSI contributing nations are here to help close an important chapter in Solomon Islands’ history. Leaders signed the RAMSI Treaty in Australia in July 2003 to restore law and order and rebuild the nation. Almost exactly 14 years later, Leaders are in Honiara acknowledging the success and achievements of RAMSI and Solomon Islands,” he said.
Commissioned by RAMSI, the museum exhibition will serve as a permanent reminder of the Pacific region’s support to a friend and neighbour that was spiralling towards economic collapse and state failure in the early 2000s.
The National Museum of Solomon Islands is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4:30pm, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.