In this second of a two-part blog, Kalafi Moala explores further the tension between newly elected leadership and conservative bureaucracies in the Pacific.
Kalafi Moala explores the tension between newly elected leadership and conservative bureaucracies in this first of a two-part blog.
What became apparent at the Pohiva-Bainimarama discourse is the setting of a new course in the way Pacific states are willing to carry out diplomatic relations. They are applying the Pacific way in which leaders can dialogue– without necessarily highlighting opposition on matters they differ on, writes Kalafi Moala.
Kalafi Moala examines how this important global initiative to protect women and promote gender equality has been adopted in Pacific island states, as Tonga remains one of the last to ratify it. Tonga’s ratification comes with conditions.
'Akilisi Pohiva is the first commoner to become Tonga's Prime Minister. Kalafi Moala argues that Pohiva's election is of historical significance at this juncture of Tonga’s march into a full democracy as he holds hope for a new Tonga - a small nation that must change in every sphere of development.