Nuku’alofa, Tonga (29 May 2020) –In a historical move,- the Legislative Assembly of Tonga has for the first time organized a budget briefing for representatives of Tonga’s civil society organizations (CSO). The briefing was held in recognition of the CSOs’ role as key players within Tonga communities, and the importance of their involvement in the national budget process.
Tonga is still a COVID-19 free country, the former Health Minister has asked Cabinet to consider diverting funds from its FY 2020/21 budget allocation towards road improvements towards vaccination against novel coronavirus.
THE Public Accounts Standing Committee is considering a motion from the Hon. Prime Minister for a 20 percent cut in legislator’s basic salary due to the impacts of COVID-19.
The House voted to send the Prime Minister’s motion to the Public Accounts Committee to consider it before reporting to the House.
THE Legislative Assembly has appointed a new Chairman of the Whole House Committee, Lord Tu’i’afitu. the number two Vava’u Noble Representative