RAMSI’s regional nature is its core underlying strength with the mission benefiting from the diverse cultures and experience of the contributing members. Since the arrival of RAMSI in 2003, thousands of police, military and civilian personnel from across the region have served with RAMSI and worked side by side with Solomon Islanders.
Tonga has been an integral part of RAMSI since the Mission began in July 2003. Tongan police, military and civilians have worked across RAMSI’s many facets to help provide support to their friends and regional neighbours in Solomon Islands. Tonga continues to provide police officers, following the transition in July 2013, as part of the Participating Police Force.
The Kingdom of Tonga is a Polynesian country located twenty degrees south of the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The islands lie to the south of Samoa, and southeast of Fiji. The Tongan archipelago is comprised of 176 islands, 36 of which are inhabited. The islands are divided into three main groups – Tongatapu, Ha’apai and Vav’u.
The capital Nuku’alofa is located on the main island of Tongatapu. Tonga’s population is approximately 103,000.Tonga is a constitutional monarchy, making it unique in the Pacific.