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National Budget 2020-2021 passed in Parliament

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 18/06/2020

MPs finally voted in favor this afternoon to approve the national Budget for 2020-2021.

Finance Minister Tevita Lavemaau says despite the fact that this is the biggest deficit recorded in the government’s national budget compared to previous years but he’s hopeful government will continue to fulfill its obligations to the people despite the challenges.

The 60 million pa’anga deficit is from the impacts of COVID-19. However as mentioned by the Finance Minister and the amount of deficit forecast due to COVID-19, Tonga will continue to receive assistance from foreign donors.

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