A photographic exhibition showcasing the history and achievements of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will be open at the Australian National Parliament House in Canberra this week, 20 July.The RAMSI: A history in pictures exhibition charts the progress of Solomon Islands in partnership with RAMSI over the past nine years as well as the people, places and events that have shaped the unique regional mission since it commenced in 2003.
The free exhibition features a wide range of images from across Solomon Islands, including many from the initial period when weapons were being surrendered.
It also illustrates the progress that has been made in many areas including the strengthening of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force; the reforms of government systems and institutions; and the rebuilding of the Solomon Islands economy.
It includes separate presentations on the contribution of Australia to RAMSI, as well as each of the other 14 countries that contribute to RAMSI.
The exhibition aims to provide Australians with a great opportunity to reflect on the nation's contribution to what has been achieved over the past nine years.
Organisers said they hoped it would encourage visitors to look with confidence and energy at the challenges that lie ahead.
The photo exhibition, which is currently touring the Pacific region, features over 300 spectacular images from across the Solomon Islands, including many from the initial period of weapons being surrendered and the arrest of key militants, the tragic murder of Australian policeman Adam Dunning, and the riots that shook the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, in 2006.