Employment Policy

Supporting the development of the National Employment Policy in Tonga, aiming at inclusive structural transformation and environmental sustainability

The purpose of the seminar was to help government and social partners to understand the requirements for the development and implementation of a high-quality gender-responsive policy based on relevant information and analysis for review and adoption by the respective key authorities.

News | 29 June 2021
Contact(s): albahnasi@ilo.org
Agriculture in Tonga makes up a large portion of the labour force
ILO, in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development (MTED) In Tonga, organized a 3-days online seminar to support the design and formulation of the national employment policy (NEP) for inclusive structural transformation and environmental sustainability. The seminar covered key issues around the development of NEP and its socioeconomic drivers.

The purpose of the seminar was to help government and social partners to understand the requirements for the development and implementation of a high-quality gender-responsive policy based on relevant information and analysis for review and adoption by the respective key authorities in the countries. The discussion during the sessions of the seminar helped the participants to identify employment policy priorities and provide practical guidance for the formulation of an employment policy framework structured by the current conditions related to the COVID-19 crisis, climate change and national priorities.

The seminar also facilitated the discussion on issues related to strategic planning, consultation, coordination, preparation of policy options, implementation and monitoring. The seminar also focused on some measures to help Tonga in its efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis towards job-rich recovery. Given the high level of uncertainty over the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the seminar was designed to offer a roadmap for Tonga to follow for developing a coherent and adaptive national employment policy through national ownership and policy social dialogue based on ILO employment policy-making recommendations.

The seminar was attended by MTED staff (Labour, Policy, Investment, Business Support, Registry, Consumer Division and CEO offices), Ministry of Internal Affairs (Overseas Employment and Women Division), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Health, Statistics Department, Prime Minister’s Office (National Planning Unit), Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Attorney General Office, MEIDECC (Environment), Public Service Commission, Employer’s Organization, Tonga Chamber of Commerce, Tonga Tourism Association, Manufacturers Association, Employee’s Organization, Public Service Association, Tonga Nurses Association, Friendly Island Teachers Association, Friendly Island Seafarer’s Association, Civil Society Organization, Tonga National Youth Congress, Tonga Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship TYEE, Academic Institutions, University of the South Pacific, TIHE (TVET).

For more information, please contact Ms. Kolotia Fotu  of MTED or Mr. Kinan Albahnasi  and Ms. Surkafa Katafono of ILO.