Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. Photo credit: OPMC.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. Photo credit: OPMC.

The 24th of July is an important milestone in the development of our nation, says Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

It is remembered every year because that day, 12 years ago, was when our regional neighbours rescued us from an engulfing social catastrophe.

Mr Sogavare says, since its arrival on 22 July 2003, RAMSI has played the significant role in helping to lay the foundation for long-term stability, security and prosperity for Solomon Islands.

The Government and People of Solomon Islands will forever be grateful for this.

The sacrifices made over the years by the men and women from thePacific Islands Forum member countries to help Solomon Islands emerge from the doldrums of the ethnic crisis are a powerful manifestation of the importance they place on Solomon Islands membership of the wider pacific regional family.

Mr Sogavare says, as head of the Solomon Islands Government, he feels deeply indebted to the governments of Australia and New Zealand and those of all other RAMSI participating countries for a job well done.

The Democratic Coalition for Change Government is committed to supporting RAMSI all the way through until its mission in Solomon Islands is fully accomplished.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare said, “what more can SolomonIslanders ask for” a question reminding the country to move on during RAMSI’s draw down in 2017.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made the statements during his 12thRAMSI Anniversary speech yesterday.

Prime Minister Sogavare said it is time for Solomon Islanders to get to work after RAMSI has rebuilt our national institution, the economy, reduce government debts and improve service deliveries.

“What more could we ask for Solomon Islanders, what more could we ask for, given the platform to build a better brighter future is now set, so let’s get to work.”

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