Paul J Tovua - Ownership in practice: Mechanisms for partnership and consultations in Solomon Islands

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Presentation from CMIS11 by Paul J Tovua, Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for RAMSI

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Paul J Tovua - Ownership in practice: Mechanisms for partnership and consultations in Solomon Islands

  1. 1. OWNERSHIP IN PRACTICE: MECHANISMS FOR PARTNERSHIP AND CONSULTATIONS IN SOLOMON ISLANDS Paul J Tovua OBE CSI AUSTRALIAN ASIA PACIFIC CIVIL-MILITARY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCECIVIL-MILITARY INTERACTION SEMINAR 2011 (CMIS 2011) WATERSEDGE, PIER ONE, SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA 7 – 10 NOVEMBER, 2011 1
  2. 2. Solomon Islands 2
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  5. 5. Crisis situations• Unsustainable Development• Natural Disasters• Imposed structural adjustments• Civil War• Casinos and licensed gambling• Breakdown of government systems• Technical bankruptcy• Civil unrest and lawlessness 5
  6. 6. What must be done?(a) Violence prevention and mitigation(a) Strengthened government machinery(a) Regional cooperation 6
  7. 7. The RAMSI Model- Lessons Learnt1. Model predicated on there being a corrupt and inept government2. Model assumes that structures of government can be repaired by re-writing documents and training or retraining staff3. Model expects intervention to operate outside government system - “parallel government”4. Model perceived as creating “dual economy” 7
  8. 8. The Military Nexus• Re-armament of Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF)• Legislative amendment to prosecute “big fish”• Trust and confidence on the RSIPF 8
  9. 9. Future prospects• RAMSI structure should be merged into structures, processes and procedures of the Solomon Islands Government• RAMSI – a model for regional cooperation and militarisation• Enhanced regional security through closer integration in policing, interaction, sports and recreation 9
  10. 10. Ladies and Gentlemen… thank you very much for your time!! 10

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