Australian High Commissioner Matt Anderson presenting an Australian Honorary THE Australian government has allocated in its budget half a billion for the transition of RAMSI over the next four years.
RAMSI Goal from 1st July is for a policing only mission so the bulk of that funding will particularly fund the continuation of RAMSI in this specific component.
The Australian budget for the coming 12 months sees an increase in budgetary support to the transition of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
According to overseas media sources Labor government Treasurer Wayne Swan revealed that defense spending is set to increase despite Australian troops withdrawing from Solomon Islands, Afghanistan and East Timor this calendar year.
PM Oneil of PNG & PM Lilo Darcy during the hand over ceremony.Papua New Guinea has pledged long term commitment to the development of Solomon Islands through a five year funding deal of hundred million Kina.
In a statement to Solomon Islands Prime Minister and His cabinet here in Honiara Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter Oneil said that PNG has for the past several years witnessed significant growth in their economy and therefore, it is their governments commitment to aid its sister nations in terms of development.
Solomon Islands Minister of Development planning and Aid Coordination Connelly SandakabatuSolomon Islands and Australia this week have signed a joint statement on zero tolerance to fraud in the Solomon Islands – Australia Partnership for Development.
Solomon Islands’ minister for Development Planning and Aid Coordination, Hon. Connelly Sandakabatu and AusAID director General Peter Baxter signed the joint statement at the annual Partnership for Development talks in Honiara.
The statement commits both governments to work together to eliminate fraud from the program, and when fraud is found, to prosecute those persons responsible.
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