MEIDECC

Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC)

The Ministry of Information and Communications is the Government of Tonga's new engine for transition into a more connected and empowered society between its citizens and government, thus promoting a more accountable and transparent Government.

The Ministry is the main regulating body for all communication services, and has the role of lead communicator for government information in creating awareness of government policies, programs and activities.

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Hon. Siaosi 'Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni -  Minister for MEIDECC

Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma'u - CEO for MEIDECC

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Head Office: Level 2 O.G Sanft Building, Corner of Taufa'ahau Road and Wellington Road, Nuku'alofa, TONGA

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JICA continues to promote ICTs for development in the public service

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30 September 2010  The Government of Tonga fully appreciates the vital role of ICT in terms of the Kingdom's national development goals which includes creating a better governance environment, improving education standards and promoting sustainable private-sector led growth.

Such goals require ICT as a key enabler, and the Ministry of Information and Communications ‘s policy intent  vision is to "maximise the power and versatility of global connectivity to create a knowledge-based society; increasing innovation, accelerating development of our nation and improving the quality of life of all Tongans", as summarized in the National ICT Plan.

Tonga's good relations with Japan's ODA main implementing agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is one example of the Government's active cooperation and coordinated efforts with its donors, in enhancing collaboration and coordination of ICT development at the local, regional and international level.

Over the years, JICA has offered many special seminars and training courses held in Japan, for developing information and communications infrastructure, promoting ICT applications and other specialized trainings specific to the needs raised by each department. In addition to training programs for working level ICT professionals, JICA also implements small and specific projects to assist in the planning of ICTs and building network infrastructures for Ministries that is constantly developing applications to better its service delivery.

In early September 2010, the JICA donated the Ministry TOP $25, 971.06 to assist with the development of its internal network infrastructures. This includes the purchase of new computers equipment, Network servers, Ethernet Switches and network backup drives.

JICA ICT Consultant, Mr. Hiromichi Suzuki said that, "This project is aimed at enabling the technical environment within the Ministry to be on another level of enhancing capacity and network speeds, improving service quality and reliability while reducing user costs."

The new system will provide real-time access and more efficient retrieval of information and services, for the Ministry, in the form of online applications for videos, forms, Ministry's TV programs, licenses applications, archived databases and customer relations management.

This project is one of JICA's development assistance programmes spanning over a two-year period with the Ministry, and it is hoped that this new project will provide an inspiration to other Ministries with similar LAN requirements encouraging ICT development within their respective departments.

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010.

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