Tonga First Resilience Development Policy Operation (WB-P171071)

  • Tonga
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Government of Tonga
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  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 5.50 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 5.50 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jan 24, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Nov 9, 2019

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, "The proposed program supports policy reforms under three pillars: i) strengthen public finances; ii) enhance resilience to the effects of climate change and natural disasters; and iii) improve skills and labor mobility. To strengthen public finances, policy actions include: the adoption of new revenue services regulations to strengthen revenue compliance and collection; the introduction of a fiscal target for the cash liquidity buffer to support fiscal discipline; and the strengthening of the new public-sector remuneration framework and Performance Management System (PMS). To enhance resilience to the effects of natural disasters, this operation supports: the establishment of an overarching policy framework to enhance the quality and timeliness of future event-specific housing reconstruction programs; and a new policy to improve the management, recording and reportingof public fixed asset. To support improved skills and labor mobility, the operation supports: the adoption of a new TVET sector policy framework to support greater sectoral coordination and alignment between skills training and labor market needs; and the introduction of the nation’s first labor mobility strategy to maximize the development impact of overseas employment opportunities while mitigating the negative social effects."

Investment Description
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World Bank
Andrew Blackman, Economist

Kingdom of Tonga
Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa
Minister of Finance

Implementing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Balwyn Faotusia, Chief Executive Officer



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