10 Aug 2015

Reformers could be aided by civil service training

9:53 am on 10 August 2015

A prominent publisher in Tonga says Pacific governments are finding it difficult to implement reforms because of bureaucracy within the civil service.

Kalafi Moala, who has served as an advisor to the current government, says institutional bureaucracy and cultural traditions often mean change is not as fast as new governments may want.

Mr Moala says training is key to improving the situation.

"That needs to have the bureaucracy and civil service retrained to be able to carry out the kind of tasks that will be able to fulfil the vision because often in the Pacific you have leaders that come in with all kinds of excitement and vision to reform and then they end up being changed by the bureaucracy.

Kalafi Moala

Kalafi Moala Photo: AFP