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New Transport Sector Board Appointees

Five new Shared Directors for Tonga's Transport Sector Public Enterprises have been named by the Ministry of Public Enterprises, on May 9, 2016. 

The Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei, with His Majesty’s Cabinet’s consent, has appointed the Shared Directors (SDs) for the Transport Sector, comprised of the following Public Enterprises (PEs):

  1. Ports Authority Tonga
  2. Tonga Airports Limited
  3. Friendly Islands Shipping Agency

The successful Shared Directors appointees for the Transport Sector are:

  1. Mr. Stephen Edwards
  2. Dr. Cpt. Sione Tu‘itupou Fotu
  3. Mr. Viliami Takau Jr
  4. Mr. Tomifa Paea
  5. Ms. Helen Po‘uliva‘ati Toli

Mr. Edwards has been appointed as Chairperson, with Dr. Fotu as Deputy Chairperson. The appointees have been equally granted an initial service term of one year with a possible extension of up to three years.

Fairness & Due Process

The Ministry commenced implementing policies and guidelines on the Reform Shared Directors for Public Enterprises Program, as approved by Cabinet on 12 June 2015. 

The selection and appointment processes were implemented in accordance with the Public Enterprises Act and 'Guidelines for a Skills Based Selection and Appointment Process for Public Enterprises Directors'. The Cabinet also approved for the Hon. Minister of Public Enterprises to appoint members of an Independent Selection Committee (ISC) to select the appropriate directors, subsequently, submitting it to the Minister for his discretion and Cabinet’s consent. 

The Shared Directors vacancies for the Transport Sector were advertised on local newspapers and websites, with the availability of Post Descriptions on request. The Transport Sector ISC was appointed as an independent and impartial pre-screening body to analyze and shortlist applicants for interview, prior to submitting a proposal of prospective appointees for the Minister’s due consideration and approval.

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Issued by: Ministry of Public Enterprises, P.O. Box 19, Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga  Tel: (+676) 28 144 / 28 808  Fax: (+676) 24 598  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Website:


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