Vanilla growers in Tonga are being offered a partnership deal with an Australian family-owned food company, Queen Fine Foods, to help develop the production of high-quality Tongan vanilla in return for supply.
Increased opportunites for Tongan migrant workers and lower fees for students going to New Zealand and Australia, along with other development assistance goals, are among key advantages being sought by Tonga in its PACER Plus free trade negotiations.
Real Tonga’s 17-seater aircraft arrived at Fua’amotu Domestic Airport from Vanuatu on March 11, after being delayed for a week. The aircraft began operation this afternoon with flights to Vava’u.
Emigration is invaluable to Tonga if its economy is to improve, according to a new Labour Market study on the demand for skills training in Tonga.
Tonga’s new domestic airline Real Tonga began operation today by chartering a Chathams Pacific aircraft to service the outer islands, since the arrival of its Y-12 aircraft was delayed from Vanuatu.
An e-commerce project that started offering free online booking development to small-medium sized accommodation businesses in Tonga two years ago is now in full swing across 11 Pacific Islands.
Tonga’s income is continuing to fall, the Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Joyce Mafi, told the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industries on January 30, in a presentation on the state of Tonga’s Economy.
Two new television stations and one new FM stations operated by two family businesses in Nuku’alofa are expected to start operation soon after receiving their broadcast licenses from Government on February 1.
In a shock email sent from his iPad yesterday, Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister, Samiu Vaipulu, has told the Vava’u Business Chamber he would like to see their members’ tax returns for the last five years, before he will talk about their serious concerns over the withdrawal of Chathams Pacific domestic airline service.
Tonga is among five Pacific nations to adopt a Pilot Catastrophe Risk Insurance Program that was launched in Sydney, Australia on 18 January.