Solomon Islands: 2003 - 2013
Private Tuiaki shows digital photos to children in the Mbarama village on the outskirts of Honiara, Solomon Islands. PTE Tuiaki was part of a Territorial Force deployment to the Solomon Islands which supports the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). [MC 09-0081-308]
NZDF Contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
New Zealand contributed to RAMSI from July 2003 to August 2013. New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Army platoons deployed to the Solomons' for four month rotations and worked alongside other South Pacific nations - Australia, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.
New Zealand’s contribution was an infantry platoon made up of mostly Regular Force soldiers. Military forces were committed to enhancing the safety and security of all Solomon Islanders, not just the police and other RAMSI personnel.
The Military patrols and presence reduced the threat of violence by providing extra security to enable the Participating Police Forces (PPF) and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to work in a safe and secure environment. This allowed the Solomon Islands to continue to develop and prosper.
Patrols were conducted in Honiara in conjunction with the PPF and the RSIPF. The military also assisted with provincial patrolling and visiting every province of the Solomon Islands, making contact with as many people as possible.
The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was formed in July 2003, and still remains working in the Solomon Islands at the invitation of the Solomon Islands Government.
The Facilitation of International Assistance Act 2003, passed unanimously by Solomon Islands Parliament in July 2003, provides authority under Solomon Islands domestic law for RAMSI’s activities.
RAMSI’s mandate was determined by the Pacific Islands Forum.
In 2007, the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting endorsed the findings of a special Forum Taskforce Review of RAMSI recommending that the forum Ministerial Standing Committee (FMSC) be established to provide oversight and guidance to RAMSI operations and that the Mission’s draw-down over time should not involve a single exit deadline but rather a series of jointly agreed indicative and performance-based timelines. In February 2008, the inaugural FMSC meeting decided these timelines could be best determined through the development of a Partnership Framework between the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI.
RAMSI's mission is to work together with the people and government of the Solomon Islands to build a secure, well-governed and prosperous nation.
In 2003, the Solomon Islands Government and the countries of the Pacific Region, through the Pacific Islands Forum, agreed on a mandate for RAMSI to address civil unrest and lawlessness, economic decline, and a dramatic drop in service delivery and government administrative standards. The key elements of the mandate are to:
- restore civil order in Honiara and throughout the country
- stabilise government finances and fight corruption
- promote long-term economic recovery and revive business confidence
- rebuild the machinery of government