About Us

The Ministry of Public Enterprises was established in October of 2006 and is now on its twelve years of operation. The Ministry of Public Enterprises (MPE) is among the few new Ministries set up by the Government of Tonga (GOT) to carry forward its various reform programs. The reform programs permeate the social, economical and political arena. The Ministry of Public Enterprises focuses in economical reforms particularly in the attempt to better utilise public resources in creating wealth and adding value to service provision. At the same time, the Ministry is integrating its policy with the GOT overall emphasis on a private sector-led economy. The Ministry draws its operating powers and authority from various Acts and the National Strategic Plans. The Acts include the followings: • The Public Enterprises Act of 2002 • The Company’s Act 1995 • Strategic Development Plan 8 (SDP8)

For the MPE:    The leading organization in promoting, enabling and encouraging growth in the Public Enterprise performances thus assists growing the government revenue from the Public Enterprises

For the PE:    A dynamic, proactive and innovative public sector businesses that contribute to the objectives and goals of the stakeholders/shareholders and provide excellent services to its customer base

  1.  Support the Minister in strengthening the implementation of the Public Enterprises Act 2002, in his role as shareholder
  2.  Gather non-financial and financial information on all public enterprises and effectively monitor the database of their financial performances
  3.  Develop, in consultation with other departments, appropriate policies for consideration by Government, with a view of improving the financial performances and management of Government business investments
  4.  Develop and maintain an effective monitoring and assessment capability in respect of the financial position, performance and prospects of public enterprises and government trading activities. Recommend corrective actions where necessary and also providing advice to the Minister and Secretary for Finance
  5.  Review of the Statement of Corporate Intent, annual and half year reports from all public enterprises and also making periodic reports on financial performances of these public enterprises
  6.  Evaluate public enterprises requests for borrowing and loan guarantees in coordination with Debt Unit of Ministry of Finance
  7.  Assist with corporatisation of government trading activities and also managing privatizations
  8.  Assist with the processes for appointment of directors and also advise the Minister on the process for approval of appointment of the CEO

The main objectives of these core functions are to:

•    Add value to the GOT investment

•    Reduce GOT losses in the Public Enterprises

•    Contribute to the focus and the direction of the GOT Strategic Development Plans

  1. Public Enterprises    -    currently, there are twelve (12) Public Enterprises
  2. Legislative Assembly    -    Public Enterprises Act 2002 requires the Ministry of Public Enterprises to present to the Legislative Assembly certain information at a prescribed time.
  3. Other Government Ministries     -    The Ministry works very closely with the following Ministries in carry out its functions:
    • Ministry of Finance and National Planning: Budget, Community Service Obligation, Dividend payments
    • Ministry of Infrastructure: in conjunction with the Tonga Airport Limited, Ports Authority Tonga and Friendly Island Shipping Agency
    • Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries
    • Ministry of Labour and Commerce
  4. Privy Council / Cabinet    -    The Cabinet and His Majesty’s Privy Council are important stakeholders in the delivery and provision of the Ministry’s various functions. As indicated in Public Enterprises Act, they play a very vital part in confirming or authorizing important decisions regarding the future directions of the PE’s or appointments to the leadership of the organization. The Ministry has been complying with these functions to the latter.

To accomplish our mission and to deliver to our vision, MPE has adopted these values:

  1.  Positive values: We need to think optimistically about the future direction of the organization, and the overall client base of the organization. We have to serve our clients and customers with a positive attitude
  2.  Pride: We have to be proud of ourselves and the Ministry we are working for
  3.  Support and collaboration: We need to be supportive of our customers and to work collaboratively with our other stakeholders
  4.  Integrity and honesty – this is a vital value for the operation. We must have a zero tolerance for dishonesty.
  5.  Empowerment – we must empower our staff and our stakeholders and customers to achieve their goals and contribute to ours
  6.  Service and professionalism – we must have a professional approach to our service provision and our work in general
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