Arrival of New Landfill Compactor in Tonga
The Australian Government through DFAT and the Asian Development Bank have jointly funded the purchase of a new landfill compactor for the Waste Authority. Weighing an impressive 22 tonnes, this machine is specifically designed to crush rubbish at landfill sites, which increases the life span of the landfill site.
The new landfill compactor
“A landfill site is an important asset for Tonga” said Mr Malakai Lomu Sika, the CEO of the Waste Authority. “By having this machine here, we will preserve the site for many more years.”
Hon. Poasi Tei, Minister for Public Enterprises is cutting off the ribbon, before handing over the new compactor to representative from Waste Authority Limited (WAL)
The Nuku’alofa Urban Development Project has been funded by the ADB and DFAT to improve urban infrastructure and services. “Water supply and waste management are essential services to urban living, and this is where the project has a strong focus” said Mr Sevenitini Toumoua, the Deputy Team Leader. “We are happy to see this Bomag compactor manufactured in Germany arrive on site. At a value of $475,000 US Dollars, it is a significant investment”.
From left to right: Three (3) invited guests, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Tonga - Kathleen Bombell, Hon. Poasi Tei (Minister for Public Enterprises), Mr. Carl Sanft (Chairman - WAL Board of Director), Dr. Nailasikau Halatuituia (Director - WAL Board of Director), Mr. Sione H. Taione (Director - WAL Board of Director) and Mr. Malakai Lomu Sika (CEO - WAL)
The contractor for the supply of the machine is Intracor Commodity Exports from New Zealand. Training and commissioning is taking place at the Tapuhia Landfill from Tuesday the 22nd March through to Thursday 24th March. Concurrently Intracor will also be commissioning a new crane lift truck, training Tonga Water Board staff in the safe use and maintenance of this equipment. This truck has a value of approximately $102,000 US Dollars, and will be used in TWB operations.
Please contact Malakai Lomu Sika on 7863855 for further details from the Waste Authority; or Sevenitini Toumoua on 7702165 for details from NUDSP.
His Majesty's Cabinet approved, as per CD No.204 of 4th March 2016 that Mr. Metuliki Fakatava (left) and Mr. Hakaumotu Fakapelea (right) be appointed as an Interim Directors of Friendly Island Shipping Agency Limited (FISA) effective from 20th January 2016 until the reform is completed by appointing Directors to the Shared Directors for the Transportation Sector.
Workshop on Emerging Global and Regional Trade Issues for the Commonwealth Pacific Island Countries
Venue: Scenic Hotel
Hosted by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Date: 12-13 November 2015
A two-day’ workshop on Emerging Global and Regional Trade Issues for the Commonwealth Pacific Region began at the Scenic Hotel, Pelehake, Tongatapu on the 12-13 November 2015. His Excellency, the Crown Prince, Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala was the Guest of Honor at the opening ceremony. The opening remarks by the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni followed by Commonwealth Secretariat. In his opening remarks, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni said that recent global developments have provided “a widow of opportunity to improve our trade and development efforts.”A question that I want to post to you. How can we ensure that all our Pacific people actually benefit from this window of opportunity?"
He also reminded participants that International Trade and Investment "are the engine for an inclusive economic growth, and poverty reduction."
At the workshop are Senior Trade Policy Officials from across the Commonwealth Pacific countries and policy-makers from across the region and the commonwealth to build a greater understanding of emerging trade-related developments facing the Pacific and to discuss policy options on how to address them.
Here are the following sessions that schedule to be covered each day:
12th November 2015
13th November 2015
For the second day of the workshop, I was able to sit in on 2 of the sessions… Session 5 & Session 6.. This is just a bit of information I was able to get out of the presentations as I had only attended a part of the presentations scheduled for the day…..
Session 5: Trade Facilitation: This session mainly highlights the issues with trade in the Pacific which were mainly environmental issues as well as talking about Value Chain – how we could add value to each step and processes of activities
Some of the main concerns were the costs to trade associated with these issues
Session 6: Regional Integration in the Pacific
Public Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Training (27th – 30th October 2015)
Conducted by: Mata’afa Dr. Desmond Amosa, Regional Advisor, Pacific Island Center of Public Administration (PICPA)
Policy Monitoring and Evaluation in the main, is about accountability and learning. The workshop in essence was a step by step guide on how to evaluate a policy within a government ministry for accountability and learning purposes.
Some common problems with evaluation processes across the Region were identified at the very beginning of the workshop, which are:
Output: represents the amount of work done, are the immediate results of activities, are products and services, and reflect a change in the supply of these products and services e.g. number of schools built, number of new curricula adopted…
Outcome: represents the use or application of outputs. Outcomes reflect a program’s benefits e.g. improved learning among students….
The 4 days period training was a step by step guidance of the evaluation processes of a Policy which are as follow:
Policy Evaluation Steps
Impacts Outcomes Outputs Activities Inputs
Start with the Desired Impacts and work back to define process through which they will be achieved
Best used for in – depth understanding of the intervention
Are numerical and analyzed with statistics
“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results” – Milton Friedman
workshop attended : Ms Maile Tu'itavuki and Mr Pesalili Latu
October 30 marked the last day of the 2015 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.
And local companies were joined by civil service offices in the special competition organised by the Tonga Breast Cancer Society.
The competition included 11 companies and government ministries and departments.
These were Tonga Broadcasting Commission (Office /Business), Value City Ltd ( Shop), Reload Bar ( Office/ Business), Tonga Prime Minister’s Office (Office), Ministry of Public Enterprise (Office), Women’s Affairs & Culture & Youth Division (Office), Lalita Store (Business), Fun Food (Business), Neeru’s Pharmacy (Business), DigicelHeadquaters (Office/Business) and Koti’s Professional Ltd. Shop N Save (Business).
The winners were announced and the Ministry of Public Enterprises won the first prize.