The Honourable Prime Minister and His Majesty’s Cabinet approved a $60 million Pa’anga as an Economic and Social Stimulus Package to combat COVID-19 within the next three months.

This is a positive response from the government to thoroughly help 9 different Clusters here in Tonga that could be affected by the COVID-19 through country’s lockdown and the State of Emergency.

The Honourable Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa and Minister of Finance Hon Tevita Lavemaau explained the $60 million stimulus package as short-term financial assistance.

All 9 clusters included the health sector; the primary, secondary and tertiary business sectors; a welfare scheme for elderly, disabilities and families of the most vulnerable children and so forth.

Funding clusters include;

  1. Health, Nutrition, Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) Cluster – $22.5m

2. Economic and Social recovery Cluster- $22.4m

3. Food Security and Livelihood Cluster $3.2m

4. Education Cluster – $3.8m

5. Safety and Protection Cluster – $1.3m

6. Essential Services Cluster – $1m

7. Shelter Cluster – $4m

8. Emergency Telecommunications Cluster – $0.3m

9. Logistics & Coordination Cluster – $1.6m

KO HONO VAHEVAHE FAKAIKIIKI PA’ANGA TOKONI $60 MILIONA KI HE NGAAHI FAKATAHA’ANGA

KOE NGAAHI FEITU’U NA’E TANAKI MEI AI PA’ANGA $60 MILIONA

  • Konga ‘oku Fakapa’anga fakalotofonua pehe ki he tokoni mei he Public Enterprises
  • Konga leva ‘oku fakapa’anga ia mei hotau ngaahi hoangaue mei tu’apule’anga ka ‘e toki fakaikiiki atu ‘ehe CEO moe kau ngaue mei Falepa’anga.
  • Pa’anga $9.7 miliona (22%) ‘oku fakapa’anga ia mei he Patiseti lolotonga
  • Pa’anga $3.8 miliona mei he Emergency Funds
  • Pa’anga $34.9 miliona (78%) – Tokoni ia mei he Pangike Fakalakalaka ‘Esia, Nu’usila mo ‘Aositelelia
  • Pa’anga $11.6 miliona – Tokoni fakahangatonu pe ia ki he Potungaue Mo’ui mei he Pangike Fakalakalaka ‘Esia, Nu’usila mo ‘Aositelelia.

KO HONO VAHEVAHE KOIA ‘O E PA’ANGA $60 MILIONA NGAAHI CLUSTERS ‘E 9

Na’e fakaha ‘e he CEO Potungaue Pa’anga Balwyn Fa’otusia moe kau Tokoni CEO ‘a e ngaahi vahevahe iiki koia ‘o e Pa’anga $60 miliona ki he ngaahi fakataha’anga (clusters) ‘e 9 ‘o anga pehe ni;

1) Pa’anga $22.5 miliona ki he Fakataha’anga ki he Mo’ui, Vai mo e Tauhi e Ma’á (Health, Water and Sanitation Cluster) ‘oku fakamalumalu ia he Potungaue Mo’ui.

  • Pa’anga $11.7 miliona – Preparedness & Protection
  • Pa’anga $6 miliona – Me’angaue
  • Pa’anga $4.8 miliona – Palani ngaue Potungaue Mo’ui

2) Pa’anga $22.4 miliona ki he Fakataha’anga ki he Fakaakeake Faka’ikonomika mo Fakasosiale (Economic and Social Recovery Cluster) ‘oku fakamalumalu ia he Potungaue Pa’anga.
A. TOKONI KI HE NGAAHI PISINISI $16.4 MILIONA:

  • Pa’anga $3.4 miliona – Primary Sector Business (Ngoue, Toutai, Exporters etc.)
  • Pa’anga $3 miliona – Secondary (Private) Sector Business (Kautaha Langa, Manufacturing etc.)
  • Pa’anga $10 miliona – Tertiary Sector Business (Ngaahi pisinisi Takimamata, Transport etc.)

B. TOKONI KI HE KAU NGAUE ‘OKU UESIA ‘ENAU NGAUE (EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT) PA’ANGA $5 MILIONA

  • ‘Oku fakamalumalu e tokoni ko ‘eni ke fakahoko mei he ‘Ofisi ‘o e Retirement Fund

C. TOKONI KI HE NGAAHI KULUPU HE KOMIUNITI (COMMUNITY LIVELIHOOD) PA’ANGA 1 MILIONA

  • Ngaahi kulupu ngaue he komiuniti hange koe ngaahi kulupu lalanga mo koka’anga ‘a e kakai fefine etc.

3) Pa’anga $3.2 miliona ki he Fakataha’anga ki he Malu ‘o e Me’atokoní, pea mo e Ma’u’anga Mo’ui (Food Security and Livelihood Cluster) ‘oku fakamalumalu ia he Potungaue MAFF.

  • Pa’anga $1 miliona – ke siofia ha stocks ko ha tokateu ki he kaha’u
  • Pa’anga $2.2 miliona – Potungaue Ngoue, Me’atokoni moe Vaotata

4) Pa’anga $3.8 miliona Fakataha’anga ki he Ako (Education Cluster) ‘oku fakamalumalu ia he Potungaue Ako.

  • Ako/Sikolasipi ‘o kau ai heni ngaahi tokoni koia ki he ‘etau fanau ako ‘i muli hange koia kuo ‘osi kamata fakahoko ki he fanau ako ‘i Fisi
  • Ngaahi ako Pule’anga

5) Pa’anga $1.3 miliona ki he Fakataha’anga ki he Hao mo e Malu’i (Safety and Protection Cluster) ‘oku fakamalumalu ia he Potungaue MIA.

  • Pa’anga $100 ki he kau Toulekeleka kotoa pe (one-off payment) pea nga’unu vahe ke kamata he kamata’anga mahina kae ‘ikai koe faka’osinga e mahina.
  • Pa’anga $100 ki he kau disabilities (one-off payment) pea vahe Ma’asi mo ‘April in advance.
  • Pa’anga $200 ki he Famili ‘oku tauhi ai fanau ‘oku tu’u laveangofua.
  • Pa’anga $0.5 miliona – Polisi Fakakolo ke tauhi malu moe ma’uma’uluta nofo fakakolo.

6) Pa’anga $1 miliona ki he Fakataha’anga ki he Ngaahi Ngaue, ‘oku ‘ikai lava ke tukú (Essential Services Cluster)

  • Tokonia polokalama malu’i tauhihao hotau ngaahi kau’afonua

7) Pa’anga $4 miliona ki he Fakataha’anga ki he Nofo’anga (Shelter Cluster) ‘oku fakamalumalu ia he Potungaue MOI

  • Teuteu e ngaahi nofo’anga ki he COVID-19 hange koe Kemi Taliai moe Kiliniki ‘i Mu’a.

8) Pa’anga $0.3 miliona ki he Fakataha’anga ki he Tekinolosia ‘o e Fetu’utaki (Telecommunications Cluster) ‘oku fakamalumalu ia he Potungaue MEIDECC.

9) Pa’anga $1.6 miliona ki he Fakataha’anga ki he Fakahoko Ngāué mo e Fakafehokotakí (Logistics and Coordination Cluster) ‘oku fakamalumalu ia he Potungaue MOI.

  • Tokoni ‘eni ki he ngaahi ngaue’anga ‘oku nau tokoni ki he kakai ‘oku uesia hange koe Kautau ‘Ene ‘Afio, Kau Polisi, Tamate Afi moe Kolosi Kula.

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