The Tonga Strategic Development Framework (TSDF) draws on the consultative process for the NSPF and the new debates that have taken place leading up to, and since, the recent elections. By fine tuning the original six national objectives, and adding three new ones recognising the importance of education, improved governance, and a safe and secure society, the present administration has brought the TSDF up to date to current conditions in the Kingdom.
Pacific Risk Resilience Program
A UNDP Pacific Risk Resilience Program on the major issues facing Tonga.
Update of the Private Sector Assessment for Tonga
In 2008, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) published Transforming Tonga: A Private Sector Assessment (PSA), which found that Tonga had registered negative productivity growth for an extended period. Following discussions between ADB and the government on the PSA recommendations, Tonga embarked on a far-reaching private sector-oriented reform program. It aimed at improving the Tongan business environment to encouraging private sector investment and entrepreneurship. In the area of business law reform, a comprehensive amendment to the Companies Act was passed in 2009, and an electronic registry is being installed, which will reduce the cost of starting businesses. In 2010, a Personal Property Securities Act was passed, and a supporting...
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) place a significant and unsustainable strain on the economies of Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. They absorb large amounts of scarce capital on which they provide very low returns. This study reveals the core levers of SOE reform and the rapid progress that can be made in implementing them where the political will to do so exists. While the study focuses on three countries that are heavily involved in SOE reform and have broadly similar SOE portfolios and legislative frameworks, the core lessons from their experience are applicable throughout the Pacific region.