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Tonga and New Zealand sign Joint Commitment for Development

13 July 2011

The Joint Commitment for Development between the Government of Tonga and the Government of New Zealand was signed today at the Foreign Affairs headquarters in Nuku'alofa, outlining shared strategies for reaching long-term development goals in Tonga, including the Millennium Development Goals.

The Acting Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand Hon. Murray McCully signed the agreement, which targets several priority sectors for New Zealand assistance in Tonga.

These priority sectors include Energy;  Private Sector Development; Tourism; Police; Education; targeted Sector Support (Budget Support); and New Zealand  Partnerships that steer New Zealand expertise and resources towards the benefit of Tongans.

Priority sectors are determined by Tonga's national development plan and budget priorities, as well as New Zealand's aid policy, currently focused on sustainable economic development. The Cairns Compact on development coordination, the Paris Principles of Aid Effectiveness, and the Joint Declaration on Aid Effectiveness signed between Tonga and its development partners will also inform priority areas.

Under the agreement, New Zealand will aim to boost its amount of aid spending through programme-based approaches, while working with other donors to pool resources or align projects into a broader sector programme.

New Zealand will also increasingly work through local Tongan finance and procurement systems with proven records in transparency and robustness.

At the same time, Tonga will ensure that sound, long-term investment plans in these sectors are developed, maintained and reflected in national planning and budgeting processes. Planning, budgeting clear guidance on areas it wishes New Zealand to invest in.

Progress by both countries in meeting the priority sector commitments will be monitored through annual joint performance reviews, regular ministerial dialogues, and a results framework to be finalized in the early stages of the Joint Commitment.

The Joint Commitment for Development supports the close relations between the two countries in promoting sustainable economic development in the Pacific.

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nuku'alofa, 2011. (Photos: Hiromichi Suzuki)

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 August 2011 11:44 )  

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