RAMSI will leave but Australia remains: H.E Brazier
THE Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands says the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will leave but Australia’s commitments will still remain in the country.
Speaking to Journalists and officials during the World Media Freedom Day last week, His Excellency Roderick Brazier said Australia’s bilateral assistance to Solomon Islands will continue to grow and strengthened though RAMSI is leaving the country in a few weeks’ time.
He said Australia’s aid program will remain focused on supporting stability, enabling economic growth and enhancing human development.
Mr Brazier adds that Australia will continue to be Solomon Islands’ largest development partner.
“From 1st July, Australia will continue to provide support to the RSIPF but this will be through a bilateral programme via the Australian Federal Police.
“Indeed it’s now a few weeks until RAMSI is expected to depart, but with the departure of the regional assistance mission, Australia’s bilateral assistance to Solomon Islands will continue to grow and strengthened,” he said.
Mr Brazier said the relationship between Solomon Islands and Australia is set to change over this year as good friendships grow and change over time.
But he told those present that a contingent of Australian Federal Police will be posted to Solomon Islands as advisers and trainers to support the tremendous achievements of the RSIPF after RAMIS leaves.