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.

Solomon Island’s close neighbour Vanuatu, has played an integral role in RAMSI since it began in 2003. Police from Vanuatu’s Police Force are helping to strengthen the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, through their work as part of the Participating Police Force.

Vanuatu’s representatives draw on their shared Melanesian culture and similar languages to develop close relationships with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Vanuatu is an archipelagic nation of 83 islands, extending over 1000 kilometres in a north-south direction between the equator and the tropic of Capricorn. The population of Vanuatu is approximately 250,000. Port Vila, on the island of Efate, is the capital. Formerly known as the New Hebrides, Vanuatu was jointly governed by British and French administrations before attaining independence on 30 July 1980.