Foreword from the Honorable Minister

The Ministry of Revenue and Customs launches this Corporate Plan and Budget to guide our voyage for the year 2021/22 – 2023/24.  The compass for this expedition focusses on four new strategic priorities that were guided by two thematic areas under Government Priority Agenda and Tonga Strategic Development Framework II.  The Ministry commits to implementing the new initiatives as a way forward to creating a progressive environment in which the people of Tonga will prosper.

The challenging period of COVID-19 pandemic is a threat to the Ministry mandated functions in revenue collection, border security and trade.  This alerted the Ministry to refocus its resilience approaches to cope with the waves of uncertainties.  Hence, the Ministry reviewed and redesigned its organizational structure to improve revenue growth, enhance border security measures, and improve trade facilitation.  With the organizational re-alignment, the Ministry’s strategic focus is to empower the large business group as the main source of tax revenue for the Government.  The new organizational structure consists of three Programs and eight Sub-Programs with the objective of effectively delivering our target outputs and mandate as provided under the legislations.

The Ministry acknowledges the valuable contributions and on-going supports of its key development partners including Pacific Finance Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC), Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Associations (PITAA), World Customs Organization (WCO), Oceania Customs Organization (OCO) and World Trade Organization (WTO). We aspire to deliver quality services to the people of Tonga through strengthen trader partnership, implement a robust border security system, and improving sustainable revenue collection. 

With the implementation of this Corporate Plan and Budget for the next three years, it is our priority to ensure that our services are responsive to the needs of the people of Tonga.

I congratulate the CEO, Management Team and staff of the Ministry for their efforts and wish them well in fulfilling the execution of this plan.

 

Faka'apa'apa atu

Hon. Tevita Lavemaau

Minister for Revenue & Customs