Minister of Foreign Affairs Clay Forau opening the ECM. Photo credit: RAMSI.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Clay Forau opening the ECM. Photo credit: RAMSI.

The 10th meeting of the Enhanced Consultative Mechanism (ECM) on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has convened in Honiara yesterday.

The ECM was established by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in 2006 to facilitate the work of RAMSI as a high level reference group, representative of RAMSI’s regional character, to discuss the broad policy directions of RAMSI and its progress.

The ECM consists of senior officials from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and RAMSI, and representatives from past, present and incoming Chair’s of the Pacific Islands Forum – represented in 2014 by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau and
Papua New Guinea.

The meeting will consider, amongst other matters, the work undertaken by RAMSI in 2013, as well as the mission’s priorities in the post-transition period.

This ECM will the first meeting following completion of the withdrawal of the Mission’s military component and the Combined Task Force from Solomon Islands in September 2013, and the transition to bilateral arrangements of RAMSI civilian programmes in the Law and Justice, Economic Development and Machinery of Government sectors from 1 July 2013.

The policing component of RAMSI, the Participating Police Force, will continue to support the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force until 2017.

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