Coinciding with the end of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove will visit the Solomon Islands and Samoa from 28 June to 2 July.
Leading Australia’s representation at official RAMSI events, the Governor-General will pay tribute to the significant efforts of Australia and its regional neighbours to help establish peace, security, strong democratic processes and the rule of law in the Solomon Islands. The Governor-General will receive a cultural welcome by local chiefs, deliver a closing ceremony address on behalf of leaders of nations that contributed to the mission, attend the unveiling of the RAMSI Monument, and visit the permanent exhibition on RAMSI at the National Museum.
As the former Chief of the Defence Force, Sir Peter Cosgrove facilitated the deployment of Defence personnel for the mission in July 2003.
As part of a wider visit to the Solomon Islands, the Governor-General will meet the Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Frank Kabui, visit staff and students of the Australian Skills for Growth Program at the Australia Pacific Technical College, and open classrooms funded by Australian charitable aid at the Mercy School.
On 30 June, the Governor-General will commence an official visit to Samoa focused on the strong bilateral, development and people links between both nations. In Apia, the Governor-General will meet with the Samoan Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.
The Governor-General will open a new Australian-funded bridge and will view other infrastructure and community projects, including the construction of the new Parliament House in Mulinu’u and attend a children’s cricket match supported by Australia’s sports partnership program. The Governor-General will also officially open a new Australian-funded pre-school building in Aele Fou.
During the visit, the Governor-General will also receive a briefing on the Australian-funded Pacific Patrol Boat program, open an Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, and meet with Australians working and volunteering in Samoa.
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