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Friday 21 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As strategic and economic competition heats up in the region, Tonga is becoming increasingly important to old and new partners, and it's useful to look at perceptions of Tonga and the region, Canadian author and strategic thinker, Cleo Paskal, told The Royal Oceania Institute in Nuku'alofa this week.
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Thursday 18 October 2018

Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tonga is one of four Pacific Island countries that is supporting a proposal for the establishment of a Regional Secretariat for labour mobility initiatives and a PACER Plus Implementation Unit. The Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu also offered to host the Labour Mobility Initiatives and the PACER Plus Implementation Unit in their own country, when the proposal was raised at the 2018 Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting, held in Honiara, Solomon Islands on 10 October 2018.
Tuesday 23 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The PACER Plus Trade Agreement will be signed by 14 Pacific Island countries including Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday, June 14 in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
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Wednesday 24 August 2016
Suva, Fiji
A petition by civil societies from around the Pacific was sent to Pacific Trade Ministers today, 24 August, two days ahead of their Christchurch meeting, calling for them to not reach any conclusion on the PACER-Plus talks, until all texts have been released and there has been a fully funded independent and comprehensive impact assessment.
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Thursday 17 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-eight skilled construction workers from three Pacific Islands, including Tonga, will be working on the Christchurch rebuild, to fill skills shortages before the end of May this year.
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Thursday 17 March 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two-day private sector consultation is being held this week on March 17-18 in Nuku'alofa, to discuss the potential implications of the Regional Pacer Plus Agreement (PACER Plus) on Tonga’s private sector, following the closing of previous consultations hosted by Tonga's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industry with representatives from the private sector and the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA).
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Wednesday 9 December 2015
Nadi, Fiji
Development remains at the centre of a PACER Plus negotiation that is currently on the way in Nadi, Fiji this week, 7-9 December between trade officials from Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and their counterparts from Australia and New Zealand.
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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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Monday 22 June 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Government has removed a cap on its Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) meaning there will be no longer be a limit to the number of workers from participating Pacific Islands countries.
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Wednesday 22 April 2015
Nadi, Fiji
A three days Regional Seminar on Telecommunications Services for Pacific Island countries concluded in Nadi, Fiji today, 22 April.
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Friday 3 April 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australian Foreign Minister, Hon Julie Bishop on her first official visit to Tonga today, met the Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva and his Cabinet and discussed Tonga’s economic and political reform agenda. 'Akilisi said his government would continue to support New Zealand and Australia as members of the Forum.
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Sunday 8 March 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although Free Trade Agreements with trading partners provide opportunities for market access for Pacific Islands products, generally businesses in Tonga lack awareness of the rules, says Viliame Rova who facilitated a workshop this week in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 27 February 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Island states are calling for a greater mutual recognition of qualifications between Pacific countries and Australia and New Zealand in the hope that it would boost labour mobility.
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Friday 12 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A network of civil groups in the Pacific has made a plea for Pacific Island Governments to end current free trade negotiations, ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum dialogue on PACER-Plus in Nadi today.
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Thursday 11 December 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The PACER Plus negotiations were launched at the Cairns Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting in 2009, marked the start of negotiations on PACER-Plus, a trajectory that has actively discounted the concerns of the Forum Island Countries (FICs) in favour of the policy interests of Australia and New Zealand. – Pacific Civil Society.
Friday 28 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan, Fijian and Samoan exporters are confident that their sales will rise by over 50% over the next 12 months, according to the inaugural “Pacific Export Survey 2014”.
Tuesday 27 May 2014
Tarawa, Kiribati
Trade ministers from around the region will attend the Pacific Forum Trade Ministers tomorrow 28 May in Tarawa, Kiribati.
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Thursday 14 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Monday 14 May 2012
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Tonga’s Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries, Hon. 'Isileli Pulu moved at the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting at Majuro, Marshall Islands on May 11 for school fees and the right for a temporary jobs for students from Forum Island Countries in Australia and New Zealand to be incorporated into the PACER Plus free trade agreement negotiation that is still in progress.
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Thursday 22 March 2012
Sydney, Australia
Free trade negotiations come with the usual rhetoric about how it will bring development to the Pacific, a type of 'development' that is being painfully felt right now in Tonga. Tonga became a member of the World Trade Organization under what has been described as the "worst" terms of any country. So confident in the benefits that would come with liberalisation and lowering of tariffs the government argued that no future government would question WTO membership since the benefits would be "manifestly obvious for all". Sadly Tonga's current crisis is what is has become obvious for all.
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