Justine with children at Avuavu
THE new RAMSI Special Coordinator Justine Braithwaite has commended her predecessor Nicholas Coppel for his outstanding legacy.
In a statement during an official farewell ceremony in Honiara Mrs Braithwaite said Coppel has proven himself to be one of the longest serving Special Coordinators and this was possible as he had proven himself to be one the most dedicated coordinators.
“Nicholas has led the mission through a significant period of change as RAMSI has drawn down and completed its transitional process,” Mrs Braithwaite said.
“He has done so with vision, intellectual fortitude, calmness, courage, judgment and considerable style and I intend to follow his lead in setting a strategic course for the mission over the next two years,” she added.
The new RAMSI chief said her official instatement as the Special Coordinator has come at a very crucial phase in RAMSI’s mission.
“The mission is now centred around strengthening policing in Solomon Islands therefore my clear focus will be on supporting the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.”
She noted that over the past two years she was fortunate to visit several RSIPF police stations around Guadalcanal and the provinces.
She csaid she had been impressed with the professionalism and ingenuity of RSIPF officers -and their continual willingness to learn new skills, tactics and tools of the policing trade.
“I have worked closely with many members of the RSIPF in my former capacity as RAMSI Chief of Staff.
“I am confident that the excellent and collaborative relationship RAMSI currently enjoys with the RSIPF will continue into the future.”