Tonga PM puts pressure on Cabinet to perform

Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has put the onus on two of his cabinet ministers to work harder to boost economic development in the country.

Mr Pohiva is in the second half of his term, having just survived a no-confidence vote, but has also lost three key cabinet ministers along the way.

The Prime Minister says he is committed to high standards and expects his cabinet ministers to work harder now.

RNZ reports Mr Pohiva acknowledges it has been a tough few weeks but says they have some clear goals in mind.

He says the Minister of Tourism, Semisi Sika and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Semisi Fakahau have an important part to play.

"We have been working very hard to make sure that we upgrade tourist facilities. That is one of the major sources of our national income. We have also been working very hard on assisting our Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. So we will continue to put more emphasis on this and make sure that the two ministers work harder," Mr Pohiva said.