RAMSI welcomes new SIG Special Secretary for RAMSI

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) warmly welcomes the appointment of Mr John Wasi as the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) Special Secretary to RAMSI in the Office of the Prime Minister.

“I commend the Government’s decision to re-instate the position of SIG Special Secretary to RAMSI. It occurs at a critical time – as RAMSI continues to draw down and work with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services to ensure the police are in the best position to assume responsibility for the final elements of policing and national security before mid-2017,” said Quinton Devlin, RAMSI Special Coordinator.

“I look forward to cooperating closely with the SIG Special Secretary for RAMSI to work through the implications of the RAMSI’s departure in June 2017, which will enable the RSIPF to become a truly independent and sovereign force,” he said.

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Mr Devlin, added: “RAMSI pledges its support to Mr Wasi as he performs the important tasks of coordinating and guiding SIG decision-making and RAMSI’s activities during the final 14 months of its deployment.”

“It will also be important to have a focal point in the SIG as regional support in the law enforcement and security sectors shift to bilateral programs,” said Mr Devlin.

The 15-nation RAMSI mission is scheduled to end on 30 June 2017.