Solomons and RAMSI planning for successful transition

Ongoing and close consultations between RAMSI and the Government are vital for a smooth and successful transition, RAMSI Special Coordinator, Nicholas Coppel said.

Speaking after the latest round of talks between Government and RAMSI officials held in Honiara on Friday 11 May, Mr Coppel said the mission was working very closely with the Solomon Islands Government at the ministry level to plan transition.

“It is important that we all have a shared understanding of how transition will work,” Mr Coppel said.

Friday’s meeting provided another opportunity for senior officials from the Solomon Islands Government including Permanent Secretaries, Solomon Islands Royal Police Force and RAMSI to discuss transition, endorsed by the Solomon Islands Cabinet in November 2011.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon Gordon Darcy Lilo opened the meeting saying the country was at a crossroads and needed to decide its own future.

“Today the partnership has entered a new era; an era of change. This change involves the transition in the role of RAMSI in Solomon Islands.”

“We must prove to ourselves and the world, especially foreign investors, that we are now a stable society that can offer them viable opportunities for investment,” Mr Darcy Lilo said