The transferring of “transport” related functions and responsibilities from other ministries in 2008 (see below) was an added development in the consolidation of all “transport” related functions in Tonga, under the Ministry of Transport. Government is now reforming the whole government structure and has enacted the merger of the Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Ministry of Works (MOW) functions into a new Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI) as a further means of unifying these Government organizations whose functions and responsibilities are alike. The reasons in support of this move are as follows:-
1) Pursuant to Cabinet Decision No 738 of 9 July 2008, direction was granted for the transfer of all “transport” related functions and responsibilities from the Ministries of Civil Aviation, Marine & Ports, Labour Commerce and Industries, Lands Survey & Natural Resources, Police; and Works, to the Ministry of Transport.
2) Following the Ministers’ and CEO’s retreat conducted in Vava’u in May 2011, a strong recommendation was made for a “restructuring” of government organizations, under the new government. This reformation recommended that Government Ministries carrying out similar functions/responsibilities be amalgamated, with the objective of reducing the number of Government Ministries to about 14, and this included the proposed amalgamation of the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Works, and Ministry of Communications. Subsequently, Government decided in January 2012 to move the whole of the Ministry of Information and
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