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Tuesday 2 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala launched a pilot agricultural development project at the Royal Estate, the Villa, today Tuesday 2 February. The Thai supported project aims to demonstrate sustainable agriculture to Tongans. Photos by Linny Folau
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Friday 15 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price of petrol, diesel and kerosene for Tonga will continue to decrease from this month to February, starting from Monday 18 January.
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Monday 4 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s own life-saving helicopter service is expected to start in early 2016. The new helicopter service will also enable visitors to enjoy the beauty of Tonga from the air and to drop into remote island resorts. The first 7-seater Eurocopter AS350 helicopter is expected to arrive by ship in Nuku’alofa on 31 January.
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Wednesday 16 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price of petrol, diesel and kerosene for Tonga will continue to decrease from this month to January, 2016 starting today, 16 December.
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Wednesday 16 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The wholesale and retail prices for Liquefied Petroleum Gas in Tongatapu and Vava’u have dropped today, Wednesday 16 December.
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Wednesday 2 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A waning commitment by the Tongan government to reform has caused delays in grants for budget support and raises concerns regarding long-term fiscal sustainability, the Asian Development Bank warns in the December 2015 issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor - Budget Analysis. Tonga’s budget plans for FY2016 will see another large increase in public spending.
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Friday 27 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Meeting business women in Tonga and learning about their entrepreneurial journeys, was Christine Forster from the Asian Development Bank Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI), who was in Nuku’alofa from November 23-17 as part of a review across six Pacific countries.
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Thursday 26 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. (TCCI) returned John Paul Chapman as President, with ‘Aloma Johansson as Vice President in uncontested ballots last night at the 2015-16 Annual General Meeting.
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Tuesday 24 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Wind power energy may be the next big source of renewable energy, after solar energy, to help reduce Tonga’s heavy reliance on diesel for power generation. Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is preparing to carry out a six-months feasibility study on wind power.
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Saturday 21 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s controversial Foreign Exchange Levy Act 2015 has been suspended, according to Press Statement released by the Ministry of Finance and National Planning yesterday, 20 November.
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Monday 16 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price of petrol, diesel and kerosene for Tonga will decrease for November-December starting today, Monday 16 November.
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Friday 13 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team of Australian business consultants supported by the Australian Government is helping small to medium enterprises in the Pacific to raise finance to take their businesses forward.
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Thursday 12 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-days workshop on Emerging Global and Regional Trade Issues for the Commonwealth Pacific Region began at the Scenic Hotel, Pelehake, Tongatapu this morning 12 November.
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Tuesday 10 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The implementation of the government’s controversial 1% Foreign Exchange Levy has been deferred again for a “few weeks”, stated the Minister of Finance, Hon. ‘Aisake Eke in a letter, dated 6 November, circulated to general managers of financial institutions in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 9 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has accumulated a Foreign Reserve of $311.7 million pa’anga at the end of September, while its domestic inflation rate was 3.2% for September, according to the latest figures on the National Reserve Bank of Tonga website.
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Wednesday 4 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Foreign Exchange Levy Act 2015 that was originally scheduled to be implemented on 21 October, finally came into force yesterday, November 3, allowing government to collect one seniti from the banks on every pa’anga sold or purchased in foreign exchange transactions.
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Tuesday 3 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s initiative to open up a new export market for Tongan squash in China could lead to first shipments as early as next season (2016) – if the Chinese government is satisfied that Tonga’s produce does not present a “high risk” for food safety and biosecurity - and that means that Tonga’s produce has to be clean to a high standard, throughout the growing, packing and export process.
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Wednesday 28 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new Foreign Exchange Levy Act 2015 that came into force on Wednesday last week has disrupted the movement of foreign exchange in and out of the country, as bankers do not know how to apply it.
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Friday 23 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Looking at the possibility of opening up a new market for Tongan squash exports to China, a delegation of quarantine officials from China arrived in Tonga today on an exploratory visit, at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supporting an initiative of Tongan squash exporters.
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Friday 23 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga and Forum Island Countries (FIC) will benefit from enhanced regional trade and economic integration under the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus Agreement, with Australia and New Zealand.
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