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The Ministry of finance and National Planning is the central institution within the economic and financial landscape of the Kingdom. For this reason the Ministry has a constant obligation to carefully consider the economic and financial needs of the country and provide Government with sound advice after considering all possible alternatives within the common confines of a limited resourced environment.  The ministry is guided by its vision, mission and values.


To improve the livelihood of the people of Tonga by developing sound fiscal and macroeconomic policies.


To provide professional financial, economic, and national planning advice to Government and key stakeholders on efficient and effective utilization of resources.


Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa - Minister for finance and National Planning

Ms. Pilimilose Balwyn Fa'otusia - Chief Executive Officer for finance and National Palnning


Listed are some of the services provided by the Ministry:

  • Salary: The ministry prepares and distributes government salary payments, as well as related employee and employer contributions to the retirement fund Board on a fortnightly basis.  The ministry ensures that salary payments are not only timely but complies with related established government policies and procedures regarding salary payments of any kind.
  • Payment: The ministry also processes all payments for government spending.  For more information on this, please refer to our Payment page for more comprehensive explanation on how government expenditure is processed and paid out.
  • Procurement: There is a Central Procurement Office within the ministry.  All major purchases or hiring of consultants by government are required to go through the Procurement Office to ensure that they meet the requirements.  world bank is currently funding a Public Procurement Reform Project for finalizing the Procurement Bill, Regulations, Manual and Standard Documents which have been drafted.



For more information, please contact:

  • Postal Address: P.O. Box 87, Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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  • phone (676) 23 066 Fax: (676) 24 040
  • Website: www.finance.gov.to

Second Report on Tonga’s National Millennium Development Goals now available

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19 January 2011. The Government of Tonga is proud to witness the launch of its second National Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) Report, as officiated today by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Kuita Vaipulu, the Minister for Justice, Transports and Works,

The report details the status of progress under the MDG framework as revised in 2008 by the United Nations. The success of the report is owed to the broad consultative and participatory process which included the Government of Tonga, civil society organizations, the private sector, donors and partners and the United Nations agencies. This was produced under the coordination of the Ministry of Finance and the Prime Minister's Office.

As highlighted by the new Minister for Finance and National Planning, Hon. Sunia Manu Fili, "The first report was published in 2005 and year 2010 was an important year for Tonga's socio-economic development with the introduction of the historical constitutional and electoral reforms under a new system of governance."

"It is always hard to help communities build a better future, but I know that progress is possible," encouraged the Hon. Sunia Fili.

The Deputy Prime Minister in his opening statement highlighted the successful milestones evident from the completion of this second report.

"The launch of the second Report highlights the success of the implementation of the 2009/10-2011/12 National Strategic Planning Framework, the Government Ministries Corporate Plans and the Ha'apai Master Plan."

This second report provides a comprehensive review of MDG progress which will help renew and revitalize efforts to achieve the goals in Tonga and contribute to the development of national strategies and plans to promote a model of socio-economic development that is both equitable and sustainable.


In 2000, 189 nations committed themselves to achieving substantial progress in basic areas of human development through the realization of eight overarching Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  This engagement would form the backbone of poverty alleviation, and pave the way for a better future for people all over the world.

The eight goals are time-bound, quantitative targets that aim for results by year 2015.  The MDGs include: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development.

The Kingdom of Tonga is a signatory to the 2000 Millennium Declaration, the fundamental charter that unites nations on the MDGs. Tonga produced its first MDG status report in 2005, in order to provide, public information and the impetus for social mobilization necessary for the attainment of the MDGs.

The eight MDGs goals are:

1.      Goal 1 -  1 Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

2.      Goal 2 - Achieve Universal Basic Education

3.      Goal 3 - Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

4.      Goal 4 -  Reduce Child Mortality

5.      Goal 5 -  Improve Maternal Health

6.      Goal 6 - Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases

7.      Goal 7 -  Ensure Environmental Sustainability

8.      Goal 8 -  Develop a Global Partnership for Development

The launch ceremony were attended by distinguished  Cabinet Ministers, the Speaker of the House, Parliamentarians, Heads of Departments, members of the diplomatic missions, members of the Non-Government Organizations and Civil societies as well as Government officials from the Health, Education, Environment, Finance and other private sector businesses.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

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