Gov’t refutes king’s “no economic vision” speech; Finance Minister details economic plans

‘Oku ‘i ai pe vīsone faka’ekonōmika mahino ‘a e pule’anga’ neongo e tō folofola ‘a e tu’i’ ‘o pehē kuo ‘ikai hā mai ha vīsone ke langa hake e ‘ekonōmika ‘a e fonua’. Na’e fakahā ‘e he Minisitā Pa’anga' ‘i Fale Alea ko e vīsone ko ‘eni ‘oku ‘i he malumalu ia’ o e kaveinga kuo fakalea ‘o peheni: “ Ke pātoloaki ‘a e fakalakalaka ‘i Tonga ki he ma’uma’uluta mo tupulekina ‘a e tu’unga mo’ui ‘a e kakai kotoa pē. ‘o e fonua, ki ha tu’unga ‘oku lelei ange.” Na’e hoko atu ‘a e Minisitaa’ ‘o ne pehē kuo fokotu’u ‘e he pule’anga’ ha ngaahi kaveinga iiki ‘e hiva ‘i he malumalu 'o e vīsone ko ‘eni’ ke fakama’unga ki ai hono ngāue'i ‘e he pule’anga’ a e vīsone' ‘i he ta’u ‘e tolu ka hoko mai' kau ai ‘a e ta’u fakapa’anga fo’ou ‘i Siulai’ mo e ta’u ‘e ua ‘oku toe mai ke kei pule’anga ‘a e pule’anga lolotonga’. Ko e hiva ko ‘eni ‘oku kau ai ‘a e ua ne lava ‘ohake ‘aneafi ‘i he taimi ne ‘oange ma’a e minisitaa’ i Fale Alea ‘a ia ko hono fakalelei’i ‘o e ngaahi sēvesi ‘a e pule’anga’ mo hono fakalelei’i ‘o e sekitoa ki he kakai masiva ‘a ia ‘oku pehē ko e pēseti ia ‘e 80 pe laka hake ‘o e fonua’ ‘oku nau tofanga ai’. Oku tui ‘a e pule’anga’ kuopau ke teke ‘a e kakai ko ‘eni ke fefakatau’aki mo e ngāue malohi ko ha faingamālie ‘eni ‘e tupulaki ai ‘a e ‘ekonōmika’. I he patiseti 2018/19 'a e pule'anga' ne 'asi mahino ai 'a e taumu'a 'a e pule'anga ke teke tupu, poupou’i hono ngāue’aki ‘a e ngaahi sekitoa kehekehe ki he tupu faka’ekonōmika’, fakatupu ha ngaahi faingamālie ma’u ngāue ‘a ia ko e 'uuni me'a 'eni ‘oku fiema’u ki hano fakalakalaka e tu’unga ‘o e nofo ‘a e Tonga’.

The government has a clear economic vision for the country, despite the king saying there did not appear to be one, Parliament was told yesterday. The Minister of Finance, Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, told Parliament the government’s economic vision was put under the second part of the Tonga Strategic Development Framework, which runs from 2015 –…


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