The Prime Minister announced at the end of a Government Retreat held in Vava’u from January 21-24 that an agreement in principle was reached with the Commonwealth Secretariat to provide training to improve the effectiveness of government officials and Members of Parliament.
Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano
Tonga remains without a designated Minister of Police, and a Minister of Agriculture, following the resignation of three Cabinet Ministers on June 25 and the reshuffling of portfolios under new line ministries.
In a Press Release on Friday June 29, the Ministry of Finance and National Planning stated that during times of economic slowdown it remained the responsibility of government to protect the livelihood of its most vulnerable people. The Prime Minister told parliament that government is proposing a $1.6 million Social Benefits Scheme for the Elderly to be implemented on 1 September 2012, which is based on monthly stipend of about $65 pa’anga for 2,082 eligible people as reported in the 2006 Census.
Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano will attend the Sixth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting, PALM 6 in Okinawa, Japan from May 25-26.