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European Union and the Government of Tonga jointly support the Non State Actors and Civil Society Organization in Tonga

The European Union continue to help build the capacity of the Non-State Actors and the Civil Society Organisations in Tonga so that these can actively participate in the development of policies, good governance and trade issues of the country.  To that end seven grants valued at TOPS 392,000 have been offered to seven Tongan civil society organisations.  
The seven organisations who received the grants include: Tonga Community Development Trust, Naunau 'o e 'Alamaite Tonga Association Incorporated (NATA), Tongatapu 3 Council, Catholic Women's League, Talitha Project, Queen Salote Ex-student Association and Tonga Academy International Ltd.  
European Union Deputy Head of Delegation for the Pacific, Johnny Engell-Hansen who is in Tonga this week said ''Civil Society Organisations are vital partners for decision-makers, as they are well placed to know the population's development needs. The role of Civil Society Organisations and Non-State Actors is growing and this is reflected in their ability to engage constructively with the Government on priorities for socio-economic development".
 
Tonga's Acting Minister of Finance and National Planning, Hon. Pohiva Tu’ionetoa welcomed the EU's support to Civil Society Organisations and Non - State Actors.
 
“The European Union support to the Civil Society Organisations and the Non-State Actors has helped to strengthen the capacity of the civil society to actively participate in the development of the country.'' said Hon. Tu’ionetoa
 
This initiative will allow stakeholders, including policy makers, communities, leaders, parents, women and children to work together on energy efficiency, gender and the strengthening of entrepreneurial skills within productive sectors such as tourism and trade.
The support will also encourage innovation and creativity in Civil Society Organisations, helping to develop capacity and foster collaboration with various stakeholders, including the government. 
 
The EU also supports and works closely with the Civil Society Forum of Tonga, Ma'afafine mo e Famili Inc and Takiama Maa Tonga on a number of issues such as deep sea mining, trade, good governance, civic education, secondary education and children's rights.
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Contact: Nazeem Kasim, EU Press Officer. Tel: +679 331-3633. Email: Mohammed-Nazeem.KASIM@eeas.europa.eu
Contact: Balwyn Pilimilose Fa'otusia, Tonga Press Officer. Tel: +676 24463. Email: bfaotusia@finance.gov.to
Background
The EU also provides Tonga technical assistance to the office of the Ministry of Finance and National Planning and supports the observance and adoption of good governance principles and assists towards more democratic governance and political reforms. It further supports to build capacity of non- state actors to actively participate in the development of the country, particularly in development and trade, public finance management, energy, and gender policies.
The grants are the conclusions of the call for proposals which aims to promote economic development, build awareness on energy efficiency and gender and supports private sectors to strengthen entrepreneurial skills for Non State Actors within productive sectors. Seven grantees will be awarded TOPS 66,000 (€27,000) each.