Democratic Party promises shake-up of Ministries to promote growth and development in kingdom

    Tonga’s Democratic Party has revealed plans for a dramatic restructuring of government ministries if it is elected on Thursday.

    The party is also considering establishing a Tongan Marketing Authority post in Fiji and cutting the kingdom’s diplomatic posts in either Europe or the United States.

    The plans are part of the party’s scheme to revitalise the economy, make Tonga less dependent on imports, establish overseas markets and develop the kingdom.

    Kulufeinga ‘Anisi Bloomfield, the Party’s Deputy Leader for the Tautahi (outer islands) said the noble-led government’s 2011 Strategic Development Framework had failed.

    He said the government’s policies existed on paper, but no action had been taken on them.

    If the Democratic Party was elected it would:

    • Restructure ministerial portfolios
    • Promote the use of local resources
    • Promote overseas markets

    Bloomfield,  formerly Head of the South Pacific Secretariat in Noumea, said reorganising ministries would provide a strong platform to push its policies.

    There would be one ministry to keep an eye on the significant requirements for the people within the next four years.

    The party would push strongly for people to use sea food, animals and produce to cut the costs of continually importing products from overseas.

    This would help boost the local economy and make life easier for local fishermen and farmers who relied on the local market to make enough money to cover all their kavenga (duties for the church, family and villages).

    Bloomfield said local producers suffered because they did not have access to overseas markets.

    Ministries

    Bloomfield said a Democratic government they would split the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Food into three different ministries and separate the Ministry of Tourism from Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour.

    If the party gained power it would bring responsibility for unemployment under Infrastructure and united the Labour and Commerce portfolios with Immigration under the umbrella of Ministry of National Planning.

    Business Enterprises would come under Finance and Internal Affairs unites with Prison Departments. Law and the Port Authority would be added to the Marine Department and the Tonga Power Board and Water Power would report directly to Cabinet.

    The Environment Department would come under Land, Survey and Natural Resources and Sport and Youth would be returned to the Ministry of Education The Ombudsman would stay under the Ministry of Law or be an independent body, but would not be subject to Cabinet.

    A Democratic government would establish a Tongan Marketing authority office on Fiji and close down Tonga’s diplomatic posts in either the United States or the EU.

    Bloomfield who is running as the Party’s candidate for Vava’u 15, said the Democratic party’s planned restructuring would help ensure the government could keep an eye on what was most needed for the people.

    Imports

    One of the party’s chief concerns was Tonga’s heavy reliance on meat imported from New Zealand and Australia.

    This raised serious economic and health issues, especially the huge amount of imported mutton flaps and fatty meats. These contributed to the high risk of Tongans becoming obese and suffered other non-communicable related diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks.

    The Ministry of Agriculture would be responsible for the local animal farming and make sure it can supply the locals’ needs with good fresh meat on sustainable terms and to reduce spending on importing of unhealthy meats.

    Local handicraft markets had received a boost from a New Zealand-funded training and marketing programme.

    Bloomfield said making the Ministry of Tourism a single body would allow it to concentrate on upgrading the tourism industry, which was one of the main markets for Tongan handicrafts.

    He said tourists, particularly those on cruise liners, were vital to Pacific island economies.

    According to National Tourism Organisations, National Statistics Offices, Fiji received 77 visits by cruise liners in 2013, Vanuatu received 252 visits, New Caledonia 159 and Tonga 17.

    Bloomfield said pulling the different functions of the Ministry of Tourism together would help concentrate on upgrading the tourism industry and making sure overseas tourists visited Tonga.

    He said It was claimed that TP$70 million (NZ$44.5 million) was left in Tonga by overseas tourist in the year 2013.

    According to international statistic,13 to 18 cents of every tourist dollar stays in the kingdom.

    The Democratic party said it would propose a bill to Parliament to ensure the 87 or 82 cents stay in Tonga.

    Failure

    Bloomfield said the government had not kept its promises and its policies had failed to help the Tongan people.

    He said the government had not fulfilled its promise to establish an international shipping network to help export seafood.

    It had also turned down requests to subsidise freight charges on imported fishing tools.

    He said the kingdom needed to develop its workforce, but it also needed to meet the special needs of local people.

    The government’s Strategic Development Framework had promised to invest in what it called a “healthy, well-educated, and skilled workforce.”

    The Framework said the private sector could not function without skilled, healthy and committed workers and promised to primary education and vocational training.

    But Bloomfield said local producers had specific needs that were not being met.

    As an example, he said there was a persistent need to boost pearl farming in Vava’u, one of the best sources of income for the locals and Tonga’s economy.

    However, he claimed that until now the pearl industry in Vava’u had been ignored and there was nobody to train local pearl farmers on how to farm and grow the pearls.

    The main points

    • Tonga’s Democratic Party has revealed plans for a dramatic restructuring of government ministries if it is elected on Thursday.
    • The plans are part of the party’s scheme to revitalise the economy, make Tonga less dependent on imports, establish overseas markets and develop the kingdom.
    • Kulufeinga ‘Anisi Bloomfield, the Party’s Deputy Leader for the Tautahi (outer islands) said the noble-led government’s 2011 Strategic Development Framework had failed.
    • Bloomfieldm said said the government had not kept its promises and its policies had failed to help the Tongan people.

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    1. Kuo fakahā ʻe he Paati Temokalati ʻOtu Motu Angaʻofá ʻa ʻenau ngaahi palani fakaikiiki ange mo ha fokotuʻutuʻu foʻou mo lahi ki he ngaahi potungāue ʻa e Puleʻanga ʻo ka fili kinautolu ʻi he Tuʻapulelulu ko ʻení.

      ʻOku fokotuʻutuʻu ʻa e pātí ki hano fokotuʻu ʻo ha Māketi ʻa Tonga ʻi Fisi pea mo toʻo e taha e ongo vaʻa e ongo ʻōfisi fakatipilomētika ʻi ʻIulope pe ʻAmeliká.

      Ko e ngaahi palani ko ʻení ko e taha ia e fokotuʻutuʻu ʻa e pātí ke toe fakakake ʻa e ʻekonōmiá fakasiʻisiʻi e fakafalala ʻa Tonga ʻi he koloa hū maí pea fokotuʻu ha ngaahi māketi ʻi muli pea langa fakalakalakaʻi ʻa e Puleʻanga Fakatuʻí.

      Naʻe pehē ʻe Kulufeinga ʻĀnisi Bloomfield, ko e Tokoni Taki ia ʻa e Pātí ʻi he Tautahí ko e ngaahi Palani Fakalakalaka 2011-14 ʻa e Puleʻanga ko ʻeni ne tataki ʻe he kau nōpelé kuo ʻikai mavivi haʻane meʻa.

      Naʻá ne pehē ko e ngaahi polisī ʻa e puleʻangá ʻoku moʻui pe ʻi he laʻipepá ka e hala ʻatā ha foʻi meʻa ai ʻe ngāueʻi ʻo lava.

      Kapau ʻe fili ʻa e Paati Temokalati ʻe fakahoko ʻa e ngaahi meʻa ko ʻení:

      • Fokotuʻutuʻu foʻou e ngaahi potungāué
      • Fakaʻaiʻai hono ngāueʻaki ʻa e ngaahi koloa fakalotofonuá
      • Taukaveʻi ke i ai ʻa e ngaahi māketi ʻi muli.
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      Pehē ʻe Bloomfield ʻe hoko hono toe fokotuutuʻu foʻou ʻo e ngaahi potungāué ke ne fakanunu ha makatuʻunga mālohi ki hono teke ʻenau ngaahi palani fokotuʻutuʻu ngāué.

      ʻE ʻi ai leva ʻa e potungāue ʻe taha ke ne tokangaʻi ʻa e ngaahi fiemʻu ʻoku vivili taki taha ki he kakai lolotonga ʻa e taʻu ʻe fā ka hoko maí.

      ʻE tokoni ʻeni ki hono fakakake ʻa e ʻekonōmiá pea mo fakaai ʻa e moʻuí ke toe faingofua ange ki he kau toutaí mo e kau fāmá ʻa ē ko ē ʻoku nau fakafalala pe ʻi he māketi fakaloto fonuá ke fua mei ai ʻenau ngaahi kavengá.

      Pehē ʻe Bloomfield ʻoku faingataʻia ʻa e kau ngoue lōkoló koeʻuhi ko e ʻikai ala aʻu atu e fua honau nimá ki he ngaahi māketi ʻi mulí.

      Ngaahi Potungāue:
      Naʻe pehē ʻe Bloomfield, ʻa ia naʻá ne hoko ko e ʻUlu ia ki muʻa ʻo e Vaʻa Fakasekelitali ʻa e Pasifiki Sauté ʻoku ʻuluʻi ōfisi ʻi Noumeá, ka fakalele fakatemokālati ʻa e puleʻangá ʻe vaheʻi ʻa e Potungaue Ngoué, Vaotātaá, Toutaí mo e Meʻatokoní ki ha potungāue kehekehe ʻe tolu pea fakamavaheʻi ʻa e Potungāue Takimamatá mei he Leipá mo e Komēsí.

      Ka maʻu ʻe he pātí e mafai ke fakalele ʻa e puleʻangá ʻe ʻomai ʻa e ngāueʻanga ki he taʻe maʻu ngāué ki he Potungāue Ngāué pea fakatahaʻi ʻa e Leipa mo e Komēsí mo e ʻImikuleisiní ʻi he malumalu ʻo e Potungāue Palani fakafonuá.

      Ko e Potungāue ki he Ngaahi Pisinisí ʻe ʻave ia ki he malumalu ʻo e Potungāue Paʻangá pea fakatahaʻi ʻa e ʻInitēnolo ʻAfeá mo e Pilīsoné. Tānaki atu ʻa e Potungāue Laó ki he Poate Taulangá pea fakatahaʻi ki ai mo e Maliní pea ko e ongo poate ʻuhila mo e vaí ke tali ui hangatonu pe ki he kapinetí.

      Ko e potungaue ʻĀtakaí ʻe haʻu ia ki he malumalu ʻo e Fonuá mo e Savea pehē ki he Koloa Fakaenatulá pea ko e Toʻutupú mo e Sipoti ke foki ia ki he Akó. Ko e PotungāueʻOmipatisimení ke nofo ia ʻi he malumalu ʻo e Potungāue Laó pea ko ha sino tauʻatāina ʻo ʻoua naʻa nofo ia ʻi he kapinetí.

      Ka ikuna ʻa e pātí ʻo fakatemokalati hono fakalele ʻo e puleʻangá ʻe fokotuʻu ʻa e Maʻumafai ʻa Tonga ki he Māketi ʻi Fisi pea ʻe tāpuni ha taha he ongo ʻofisi fakaʻamipasitoa ʻi ʻAmelika pe ko ʻIulopé ko e sio ki he fakamole.

      Pehē foki ʻe Bloomfield ʻa ia koi a foki ʻoku fakafofonga maʻa e paati temokalatí mei Vavaʻu 15 ko e ngaahi palani fokotuʻutuʻu foʻou ko ʻeni ʻa e pātí ke fakapapauʻi ʻoku siofi ofi ʻaupito ʻe he puleʻangá ʻa e ngaahi meʻa ʻoku fiemaʻu lahi taha ki he lelei a e kakaí.

      Hū koloa mei mulí:

      Ko e taha e meʻa ʻoku tokanga lahi taha ki ai ʻa e pātí ko e fuʻu mātuʻaki fakafalala ʻa Tonga ʻi he koloa kiki ʻoku hū mei mulí mei Nuʻu Sila mo ʻAositelēliá.

      ʻOku tupu heni ha ngaahi faingataʻa fakaʻekonōmika mo fakaemoʻui tautefito ki he lahi fau hono hū atu ʻo e sipi kapakapá mo e kakanoʻi manu ngakó. ʻ

      Oku kaunga ia ki he fuʻu māʻolunga e tuʻunga fakatuʻutāmaki kuo ʻi ai ʻa e Tongá ʻi he mahaki sisino mo e ngaahi mahaki ʻikai pipihi kehekehe hangē ko e suka, toto māʻolunga, pākālava mo e mahaki mafu.

      ʻI hono vaheʻi ko ʻeni ke mavahe ʻa e Potungāue ngoué te ne fatongiaʻaki ʻe ia hono tokangaʻi ʻa e faamaʻi ʻo e fanga monumanú mo fakapapauʻi ʻoku lava fakaai e fiemaʻu ʻa e kakai fakalotofonuá ʻi he kakanoʻi manu kei foʻou pea ke lele fakamāketi ko iá ʻi he taimi loloa pea ke fakasiʻisiʻi ai ʻa e fakamole ʻi hono hū mei muli e kakanoʻi manu ʻikai fakatupu moʻui leleí.

      Ko e kau fakameaʻá kuo ʻi ai ʻeni e makape ʻa e tafaʻaki koi á he kuo ala atu ʻa Nuʻu Sila ʻo fakapaʻanga ʻa e ngaahi polokalama ako ai mo e ngaahi polokalama fakamāketi.

      Naʻá ne pehē ko e kau folau ʻeveʻevá tautefito kia kinautolu ʻi he ngaahi vakameilí ʻoku mahuʻinga ia ki he ʻekonōmia ʻa e ʻotu motu Pasifikí.

      Fakatatau ki he setisitika ʻa e Kautaha Takimamatá naʻe vaka meili ʻe 77 ki Fisi ʻi he 2013, 252 ki Vanuatu, 159 ki Niu Kaletōnia pea 17 ki Tonga.

      Naʻe pehē ʻe Bloomfield ko hono fakatahatahaʻi koi a e ngaahi sino ngāue ʻo e Potungāue Takimamatá ke hoko ko ha Potungaue makehe pe ʻe tahá ʻe tokoni ia ki hono tokangaʻi taafataha mo hikiʻi hake Potungāue Takimamatá mo fakapapauʻi ʻoku ʻahia ʻe he kau folau ʻeveʻevá ʻa Tonga.

      Naʻá ne pehē foki kuo ʻi ai e lau ko e paʻanga ʻe 70 miliona naʻe tuku ʻi Tonga ʻe he kau folau ʻeveʻevá ʻi he taʻu 2013. Kae fakatatau ki he ngaahi fika fakavahaʻapuleʻangá ko e seniti pe ia ʻe 13 ki he 18 ʻi he paʻanga ʻe taha kotoa pe ʻi he 70 miliona koi á ʻoku nofo ʻi Tongá. Toenga leva ʻo e seniti ʻe 77 pe 82 mei he $1 kotoa pe ko iá ʻoku toe foki pe ia ki muli.

      Ko hono feingaʻi ke nofo kotoa mai mo e seniti ʻe 77 pe 82 ʻi Tongá ʻe pau ke faʻu ʻe he paati ia ʻa e lao ʻo fakapaasi ʻi Fale Alea ke ne tokangaʻi ʻoku puke ʻe Tonga mo e seniti koi á.

      Ikai malava hoko:

      Pehē foki ʻe Bloomfield kuo ʻikai tauhi ʻe he Puleʻangá ʻene palōmesí pea ʻikai lava ʻene polisií ke tokonia e kakai Tongá.

      Naʻá ne pehē kuo ʻikai fakakakato ʻe he puleʻangá ʻene tukupā ke fokotuʻu ha feutaʻakiʻanga vakatahi fakavahaʻapuleʻanga ke uta atu ai ʻa e meʻatahi fakalotofonuá ki mulí.

      Ne ʻikai foki tali ʻe he puleʻangá e kole mei he kau Toutaí ke ne totongi ʻa e feleti ʻoku hilifaki ʻi he koloa toutaí.

      Naʻá ne pehē naʻe palōmesi e Palani Fakalakalaka ʻa e Puleʻangá 2011-14 ʻe ʻikai lava ʻa e sekito taautahá ʻo ngāue taʻe ʻi ai ʻa e kau ngāue kuo maʻu ʻa e poto feʻunga ki ai, moʻui lelei mo faitōnunga pea ne palōmesi ai ki hono teke ʻo e ako palaimelí mo e ako ngāué.

      Ka ne pehē ʻe Bloomfield ia kuo ʻi ai ʻa e ngaahi fiemaʻu tefito ia ki he kau ngoue mo toutai lōkoló ka ʻoku ʻikai lava maʻu ʻa e fiemaʻu ia ki aí hili ange fuʻufuʻunga palōmesi ʻa e puleʻangá ʻi heʻene palani taʻu ʻe 4 kuohilí.

      Naʻá ne fakatātāʻaki ʻa e fiemaʻu vivili ki Vavaʻu ke faamaʻi ʻa e tofé ko e taha ia he maʻuʻanga paʻanga lelei mo lahi ki he kakai loto fonuá mo e ʻekonōmia ʻa Tongá.

      Naʻá ne pehē kuo aʻu mai ki he taimi ní kuo fakaliʻeliʻaki ʻa e maʻuʻanga moʻui ko ʻení ko e ʻikai ha taha ke ne akoʻi ʻa e kau faama tofe ki he anga hono tō ʻo e tofé pea ko e konga ia e ngaahi to nounou ʻa e polokalama langa fakalakalaka ʻa e puleʻangá.

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