The Ministry of Finance's mission of senior management is to ensure the provision of high quality and timely economic and financial policy advice to the government, increasingly effective economic management in the Kingdom, and the development of a strong professional team in the Ministry.
The core responsibilities of the Ministry’s senior management are to :
- provide overall direction and policy guidance to the work of the Ministry;
- provide effective leadership within the Government on economic and financial management, and within the Ministry in the development of high professional standards and timely and relevant policy advice and financial management;
- ensure the longer term development of essential skills and capabilities with the Ministry team, in the context of a learning institution committed to serve the interests of the Government and people of Tonga;
- ensure the availability of essential support facilities, resources and work tools to enable all members of the Ministry team to perform at peak effectiveness;
- ensure the recognition of the individual contribution of each officer and staff member to the success and achievements of the Ministry, through, inter alia, a high priority for performance review and assessment and an effective and integrated Staff Development Plan;
- ensure that all legislation for which responsibility rests with the Minister of Finance is administered with due diligence and professional integrity, and that decisions of the Government within the Ministry’s area of responsibility are implemented with professionalism, timeliness and attention to detail;
- ensure that the major responsibilities of the Ministry, including the submission of the Government’s annual Programme Budget to Cabinet and the Legislative Assembly, are performed with the highest standard of professionalism, consultation and timeliness;
- communicate the economic and financial issues, policy options and decisions by the Government within and outside government in the clearest way possible and ensure that the Ministry performs its task of listening to and taking into account the views of participants in the economy as well as others in Government;
- provide advice, as appropriate, in the context of the role of the Minister of Finance as a key policy Minister of the Government, and assist the Government in assessing the economic and financial implications of major policy proposals and in establishing a priority planning framework;
- provide strong and effective management of Ministry operations, including a high priority for strategic planning and the meeting of performance targets.
To deliver its mandate, the Ministry’s vision is to be a high performing Ministry leading in the provision of economic and financial advice to Government and working to provide a better Tonga tomorrow through higher income, employment and opportunities. This vision is supported by the Ministry applying effective reform and problem solving to manage change to better perform the following core functions:
- providing a high performing Ministry driven by a strong set of values and executive leadership with the right capability and capacity to deliver its outputs, including adaptability to manage the evolution of Government priorities;
- leading economic and financial advice on maintaining macroeconomic stability at the same time building a more productive economy, improving business environment, growing investment and employment opportunities;
- managing Government finances responsibly and ensuring fiscal prudence while maintaining the capacity to respond quickly and effectively to social and economic trends as they emerge, meeting the diverse needs of Government commitments from communities, private sector, and the wider society;
- delivering high quality, cost effective public service within tight financial constraints through performance monitoring functions with strong emphasis on promoting good governance and accountability;
- fostering a policy environment in which all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of Government can operate effectively, and where civil servants can participate and deliver a high standard of service to meet the requirements of their customers; and
- empowering other managers in Government through its own leadership, guidance and support of other MDAs, to help ensure access to Government goods and services including specialized support to help those that are particularly vulnerable.