Hon. Minister

Infrastructure Hon. Minister

Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika

The Ministry of Infrastructure, under the leadership of Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, have the major task of ensuring that there are high standards of economic growth and prosperity for the people of Tonga, serving with honesty, integrity, teamwork, leadership and professionalism. MOI’s success is due to working closely with internal and external partners; from the Cabinet to the members of the public, striving to improve its communication strategies to develop in years to come. We also follow very closely to what the Ministry have structured and planned. In our strive for excellence, we are guided by its Legislative Framework both our Parliamentary Acts where Tonga’s Legislations and Regulation applies but also International Agreements that helps us provide a safe, secure and sustainable transport system for the public.

His Majesty the King Tupou VI, commissioned the Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic
Terminal on Friday the 1st of June 2018 at Ma’ufanga. The Ministry of Infrastructure and
Tourism hosted the program from seating the guests, providing of refreshments and
also the entertainment together with the Fola’osi group from Hihifo and a special
tau’olunga performed by the reigning Miss Heilala 2017/2018 , Miss Ophelia Kitiliti
Kava. Since this project is a joint collaboration between the Government of Tonga and
the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA);
The traditional Sake Ceremony or the Kagamiwari was performed by His Majesty alone
and a seprate Kagamiwari was done by H.E Tetsuya Ishii (Ambassador of Japan to the
Kingdom of Tonga) and the Prime Minister of Tonga Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva. A
traditional Japanese ceremony conducted at major events where the wooden lid of the
traditional sake barrel (Kagami) is broken (wari) or opened (biraki) during the sake
ceremony. The timber lid is broken by one or more wooden hammers. After the sake
barrel was opened, the sake is filled with bamboo ladle in the so-called sake Masu. The
sake Masu are square wooden cups, that was used in Japan for measuring, they represent
the smallest unit of a Masu. After the opening ceremony, the sake was consumed by
attendees of the event.