Mr. Viliami Konifelenisi Fifita of Hala'ovave, Tongatapu has been appointed as the new Government Statistician for the Bureau of Statistics. Mr. Fifita has been appointed effective as from 19 August, 2016 for a term of two (2) years.
Mr. Fifita is currently completing his Doctoral thesis on Poverty Analysis at Bristol University in England since October 2011. He holds a Master of Applied Statistics (2008) from the Australian National University, Australia and has also attained a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Pure Mathematics (2003) from Waikato University, New Zealand and a Bachelor of Science from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji (1995).
Mr. Fifita's career in the public service began in 1996 when he was appointed as an Assistant Teacher in the Ministry of Education. Since then, he has taken over senior positions in the Ministry including Senior Lecturer prior to his transfer and promotion to the position of Assistant Government Statistician at the then Statistics Department in 2004. Mr. Fifita was also a part time lecturer at the University of the South Pacific from 1997 to 2006 and also at the Tonga Institute for Higher Education for the Diploma in Information System and Diploma in Computer Science from1999 to 2007.
During Mr. Fifita's tenure as Assistant Government Statistician at the Statistics Department he assisted the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and some Pacific Islands in designing to poverty measurement and provide training for their various surveys which included Tonga Demographic Health Survey (DHS) 2012, Tonga Household Income Expenditure Survey (HIES) 2012, Solomon Islands DHS 2015, Tuvalu HIES 2015 and Fiji Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2015.
PMS Information Article - September
"Our minimum is Excellence"
The month of September, 2016 commenced with PMS Awareness Trainings provided for the Department of Prisons in response to confirmation by the Commissioner of Prisons of assistance required.
The initial assistance had been provided to the Supervisory levels of the Department of Prisons on 11 August, 2016 and the awareness trainings scheduled were a continuation of the initial assistance provided.
The PMS Team took part in a General meeting on 05 September, 2016 with the Commissioner of Prisons, his Deputies, senior officers and Prisons Officers on the purpose of the PMS Awareness Trainings scheduled.
Assistance to the Department of Prisons took place on the 05 to 08 of September, 2016 spanning four (4) workshops involving its five divisions (Task Force, Custodial, Industrial, Female and Administration). This consisted of a total attendance of sixty two (62) employees including the Commissioner of Prisons.
The awareness sessions concluded with a short test at the end of each session and an overall outcome report provided to the Department of Prisons on the issues raised during the sessions together with a recommendation on the way forward for the Department of Prisons.
Output 5 of the PSC Office pertaining to the Performance Management System reads as follows:
“Facilitate a government wide understanding of the use of Performance Based Systems and its competencies for decision making and development of a performance based Public Service”
The priority of the Division for the month of September 2015 was to: