20 May 2013

Forum, RAMSI and Solomons government to meet

6:39 am on 20 May 2013

The work of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands will be discussed this week in the capital Honiara at meetings of RAMSI, the Solomon Islands government and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Programmes and services provided under the mission are transferring to bilateral assistance agreements, as RAMSI marks a decade since its deployment to subdue a bloody ethnic conflict.

The director for political governance and security, Desna Salofa, says the meetings of the Enhanced Consultative Mechanism and the Forum Ministerial Standing Committee will cover RAMSI's transition activities.

"We'll also discuss activities in relation to law, order and justice, economic governance with regard to the machinery of government, public affairs and community outreach and other organisational matters."

Desna Salofa says in view of the transition from regional to bilateral assitance agreements, the meetings will also discuss the future of the ECM itself.