15 Jan 2007

RAMSI special Coordinator Tim George looking to improve Solomons programs

4:05 pm on 15 January 2007

The Special Coordinator RAMSI, Tim George, says RAMSI respects its partnership with the Solomon Islands Government and takes it seriously.

Mr George said that RAMSI actively pursues ways to improve its programs working closely with the Government and responding to feedback.

Mr George said that under the Facilitation of International Assistance (FIA) Act, legislation passed unanimously by the Solomon Islands Parliament in 2003 to set up RAMSI, all RAMSI personnel are exempt from the requirement to obtain a visa.

He stressed that consistent with the Act, the Solomons Government was always provided with up to date lists of RAMSI personnel. .

The Special Coordinator also noted that Solomon Islanders direct the work of the 130 RAMSI civilian advisers to support the development of the nation.

He says RAMSI staff and advisers are recruited on a merit selection basis and Solomon Islanders can apply for those posts.