Technical help sought for e-government projects; $400,000 donated to Api Tonga

    Teuteu ke kamata ngāue ki hono fakakomipiuta'i e ngaahi lekooti mo e ngāue kotoa 'a e pule'anga' ma'a e kakai. Kau heni hono liliu e ngaahi lekooti hange ko e tohi ta'u, tohi mali pehe ki he ngaahi lekooti kau mahaki 'i Vaiola'. Ko e hili 'eni ha 'a'ahi ki he senitā ako komiuta 'a e USP 'i Fisi 'a ha timi mei Tonga taki 'e he MInisita Pa'anga mo e MInisitā ki he Fefakatau'aki mo e 'Ekonōmika'. 'Oku fe'unga 'a e ngāue ko 'eni mo e $11 miliona 'Amelika pea 'e fakapa'anga ia 'e he Pangikē 'a Māmani' mo e ADB.

    A visit by a high level Tongan delegation to the University of the South Pacific in Suva has been described as a success.

    A team of two cabinet ministers and government officials were at USP to seek helps for Tonga’s e-government project.

    Minister of Finance Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa described the visit as “joyous and successful.”

    The team was welcomed by the Director of the University’s Computer Centre, Kisione Finau.

    Finau conducted a three-day workshops for the team while they were in Suva.

    The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have provided U$11 million for the project.

    The World Bank has donated US$4.5 million to build a secured data centre for the project, mapping and linking all the government’s ministries and creating a government online registry for the public.

    The ADB donated U$7 million for a project to computerise hospital patients’ records.

    Hon. Tu’i’onetoa said the projects were expected to start in the 2019/20 financial year.

    A national unit for the projects would be established to recruit experts for the works.  

    The unit could bring together all the government’s ICT to work on the e-government services.

    The Minister claimed Tonga was the first of USP’s Pacific partnership countries to visit the newly established Japan-Pacific ICT centre.

    The team also visited the  ‘Api Tonga centre in Fiji which is currently under reconstruction.

    The government has donated TP$400,000 for the centre which was established to host Tongan students at USP. 

    The main points

    • A visit by a high level Tongan delegation to the University of the South Pacific in Suva has been described as a success.
    • A team of two cabinet ministers and government officials were at USP to seek helps for Tonga’s e-government project.

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