Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) Special Coordinator Quinton Devlin today(26 June 2017) opened a museum wing focused on the RAMSI period (2003-2017) at the National Museum of Solomon Islands in Honiara.
Commissioned by RAMSI, the exhibition records the history of the Mission and the strong partnerships and collaborative efforts of RAMSI and Solomon Islands Government personnel to rebuild the nation following the Tensions.
The colourful displays explain why Solomon Islands invited Australia and 14 other Pacific Islands nations to end the violence and stabilise the country, as well as the tasks asked of RAMSI, and the Mission’s achievements over the last 14 years.
The Opening was attended by senior Solomon Islands Government representatives from over 20 government ministries, agencies and bodies that RAMSI has supported since its arrival in 2003.
“The exhibition is a testament to the many women and men from the Pacific region and Solomon Islands who worked together to rebuild the nation. It is because of these people’s dedication, commitment and hard work that Solomon Islands is now in a position to farewell RAMSI,” said RAMSI Special Coordinator Quinton Devlin.
He added: “The National Museum’s new RAMSI gallery will be a wonderful educational resource. It is important that future generations of Solomon Islanders understand the mistakes and trauma of the past. No one wants to see history repeat itself”.
“I also hope that the exhibition will interest and attract many international visitors, including former RAMSI personnel,” said Mr Devlin.
Historians will undoubtedly look back at the RAMSI period as an important chapter in the modern-day story of Solomon Islands.
The National Museum of Solomon Islands is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4:30pm, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.