The CEO for the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour, Mr. Tatafu Moeaki has moved on and take up the CEO for the Ministry of Finance and National Planning for 4 years effective from 23 September 2013 according to the appointment by the Public Service Commission.

 

The Minister for Commerce, Tourism and Labour Hon. Dr. Viliami Latu says “ Tatafu Moeaki has led the Ministry through a growth period, increasing the Ministry's direct budget resources more than three fold over the years, forged strong partnerships between Government and private sectors to double registered businesses by year end 2012.”

Tatafu Moeaki from the back with Ms. Ungatea Latu supporting the Minister for Finance and National Planning Hon. Lisiate 'Akolo,
and Dr. Sione Ngongo Kioa as Government of Tonga's Governors to the 2013 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF in
Washington DC.

Government had also endorsed the Ministry's policy framework for reforms to improve the business environment, policy options for the private sector, five years 2013-18 Tourism Roadmap, strategy for small medium enterprises, improved corporate management that has led to the Ministry's improvements over the last three years. “ These achievements will leave a lasting legacy for the continuing improvement of its service deliveries, and on behalf of the Ministry staff, we all wish the outgoing CEO Mr. Moeaki well in his new key position to Government at the Ministry of Finance” said Hon. Dr. Latu.

 

Moeaki has postgraduate qualifications in econometrics and quantitative studies. He started in the civil service at the Central Planning Department in 1995 now under the Ministry of Finance and National Planning. Moeaki had also taken key positions in Government including the first Head of the Policy and Planning Division for the Ministry of Education to manage the inaugural implementation of the first education sector wide approach known as the Tonga Education Support Program (TESP). Moeaki continued to be a Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs and took charge of the Desk for the Pacific, EU, Asia and also act as Deputy National Authorizing Officer for the EU 9th EDF closure and programming of the 11th EDF before his appointment to the CEO for the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour.

 

Mr. Moeaki replaces Mr. Tiofilusi Tiueti who is now working as Advisor to the World Bank in Washington. The Public Service Commission is now in the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour.