MEDIA RELEASE (25 February 2015)
The Hon Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva greeted the Asian Development Bank Vice President, Mr Bruce Davis, at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday 23 February 2015.
On the Hon Prime Minister’s remarks, he thanked Mr Davis for visiting Tonga and stated that his official visit was timely, as Tonga is currently at the midst of his government development plans and budget strategies formulation for the year 2015/16.
Hon Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva conveyed his gratitude on behalf of the people of Tonga for all the assistances given to Tonga including the Budget Support, by the ADB. Hon Pohiva indicated that since Tonga became a member of the ADB in 1972, the ADB had been committed about $170 millions in financial assistance at different areas within the Tongan society.
Different areas within Tonga that had been financially supported by the ADB, as stated by the Hon Prime Minister included, the restoration of public finances and debt; social outcomes; business environment and SOE reforms; sound fiscal policies; enabling business environment and so on.
Vice President, Mr Davis, congratulated the Hon Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, and his New Government, and indicated that ADB supports for his Government duly reflected on their commitment to continue contributing to the social and economic development of Tonga. Reiterating on the steadfastness of Good Governance within the administration of the Hon Prime Minister and his new Government, Mr Vice President points to Good Governance as fundamental to development in Tonga.
Adding to that, he assured that ADB commitment to anti-corruption in Tonga would stay on course, and would continue to working closely with the Hon Prime Minister and his government for ensuring the very threats of corrupted services to optimal social and economic development in Tonga and its people.