As a parting gift, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has donated a collection of official publications relating to the 14-year intervention, along with over 13 years of Solomon Islands daily newspapers to the National Archives of Solomon Islands.
The documents were handed over to the government’s National Archivist, Margaret Irifiri, by RAMSI chief Quinton Devlin at a public ceremony at the National Art Gallery following the parade to celebrate the official opening of the RAMSI farewell celebrations.
“These documents will be a treasured resource for Solomon Islanders now and in the future,” said Ms Inifiri. “Students, researchers and future generations will be able to access important and contemporary records about the events that have shaped our country”.
“We’re so pleased to be able pass on these records to the people of Solomon Islands,” said Quinton Devlin, RAMSI Special Coordinator.
“Preserving a public record of the successes and challenges that we faced together will help us all to value the experience even more in years to come.”
Of note, the documents include a complete set of the annual People’s Surveys (2006-2013), which tracked public perceptions about RAMSI and provided a unique insight into the opinions of Solomon Islanders on a wide range of other issues, including business and employment, law and order, public accountability and access to services.
According to the People’s Surveys, public support for RAMSI never dipped below 85 per cent.
The collection of RAMSI publications and historical newspapers will be catalogued and accessible to all Solomon Islanders through the National Archives of Solomon Islands.