Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, the Minister of Finance and His Excellency, Mr. Adrian Morrison, the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga [Ministry of Finance, St. George Government Building, 8th April, 2020]

14th April, 2020 Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, the Minister for Finance and His Excellency Mr. Adrian Morrison, the Australian High Commissioner, signed the arrangement between the Government of Tonga and Government of Australia relating to an accountable cash grant for assistance regarding the provision of performance-linked aid/budget support of AUD $4 million for 2019/20, AUD$3.5 million for 2020/21, and AUD$3.5 million for 2021/22. The arrangement includes assistance up to AUD12 million in response to the global COVID-19 crisis, of which AUD$7 million, will be received, as additional budget support to assist the Government of Tonga’s immediate response to COVID-19. The signing session was held on Wednesday 8th April, 2020 at the Ministry of Finance, in the St. George Government Building.

The Government of Tonga acknowledges, with profound gratitude, the munificent on-going support of the Government of Australia, and of all its development partners towards its response to combat COVID-19 and its impact.

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Finance