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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Geneva, Switzerland
Trade challenges in the Pacific region, including Tonga, will be looked at by the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting this week, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 25-26 May. WTO Director General, Roberto Azevedo, expresses an opinion that more can be done to support economic growth and development in Tonga and across the Pacific. UPDATED.
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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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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Sunday 16 February 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
An important review of Tonga's trade policy by the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland, from February 11-13, found that the Pacific island nation faces a backlog of reforms that are required to modernize and streamline its legal and regulatory frameworks for economic development. Tonga's imports continue to outstrip its exports by a factor of at least 10:1 annually and over 50% of its imports are for fuel and food.
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Friday 30 November 2012
Apia, Samoa
The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Mr Pascal Lamy and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday in Apia, Samoa. – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
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Wednesday 8 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Communications costs in Tonga are under pressure as the Tonga Government aims to collect more than $10 million pa'anga revenue from the communications and public enterprises sector in the current financial year.
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Sunday 13 May 2012
Majuro, Marshall Islands
Pacific Islands Forum Trade Ministers welcomed the opportunity for training placements within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) facilitated by the Permanent Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum to the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland (Geneva Office).
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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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Sunday 11 March 2012
Geneva, Switzerland
Mr Alex Kerangpuna of Papua New Guinea PNG has commenced work as Trade Policy Officer based in the Office of the Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum PIF to the World Trade Organisation WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. - Pacific Islands Forum.
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Tuesday 28 June 2011
'Aokalani, Nu'usila
'Oku ou faka'amu pe keke mea'i Katalin, kuo hanga 'ehe ngaahi fonua, kau ai 'a e EU 'o fakafaingofua'i 'etau fengaue'aki 'aki hano fokotu'u 'o ha ngaahi 'ofisi 'o kau ai 'a e 'Ofisi Fakafeitu'u 'i Suva, Fisi. 'Oku 'I ai hotau 'ofisi fakafeitu'u 'i Geneva kene fakahoko fatongia ki he WTO. - Dr Fotu K.V. Fisiiahi.
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Tuesday 18 September 2007
Manila, Philippines
Top global and regional trade officials along with key private sector representatives will gather in Manila on 19-20 September to discuss how to empower less developed economies and small states to benefit from global trade.
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Thursday 8 February 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's plan to become a member of the World Trade Organisation WTO in July this year is now very doubtful, according to Paulo Kautoke, the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Labour Commerce and Industries.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Is Tonga ready to become a member of the World Trade Organisation? The Tongan Minister responsible for Trade, Hon. Dr Masaso Paunga, is confident that Tonga has done all the right things by signing the appropriate international conventions, and free trade agreements, and that Tonga is now ready to become a member of the WTO sometime next year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The government’s current Economic and Public Sector Reform program, is a futile exercise, believes Dr Feleti Sevele, the Tongatapu no. 2 People’s Representative, in the Tongan Legislature. He says it won’t work until government learns to interact with the productive members of the community. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The current economic reform, in preparation for when Tonga becomes a member of the World Trade Organisation, and the hype that this could pull the economy out from its state of stagnation, is the wishful thinking of many people. But the big question remains: are we ready to exploit our WTO membership, or is it going to be just like the other Free Trade Agreements we have signed with other countries, where it will enable us to import more from our partners but export less? From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s membership with the WTO is seen as a bench-mark for the success of the government’s Economic Reform Program, that was officially launched in April this year. This economic reform is aimed at energising Tongan industries, offering more employment opportunities, and producing quality products to compete in the world market. Paula Kautoke said that the principle of WTO is for countries to exploit their advantages. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The ultimate purpose of the flurry of trade talks in recent years is to prepare Tonga for becoming a member of the World Trade Organisation, when it will introduce free trade and zero tariffs between Tonga and the 136 member states of the WTO. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Saturday 30 September 2000

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The annual consultation meeting between TongaSat and a Satellite Committee of government got underway in Nuku’alofa for two days during the third week of August. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 15, no. 3, September 2000.
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