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Wednesday 17 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A three days workshop on the World Trade Organization Notification Requirements began in Nuku’alofa on 15 April, with the aim of assisting Tongan officials to understand necessary notification processes. “I think Tonga should be able to fulfil its obligation, and we hope that after this workshop, Tonga clears the backlog that it has got,” said Dr Edwini Kessie, a WTO official.
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Friday 22 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight fishing boats donated to Tonga from Dongguan Municipality in China in January this year, were returned when officials discovered, after inspecting the vessels, they were of a low quality and none were up to standard. However, China has provided funds to build the new fishing boats here in Tonga.
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Friday 22 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand owned Scenic Hotel in Tonga pulled down its sign this morning in an unannounced and unexplained shock closure of its Fua'amotu hotel.
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Thursday 21 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A large solar plant is to be built on Tongatapu to start operating by 2020, after a Power Purchase Agreement was signed with Sunergise New Zealand Limited on March 21, in Nuku'alofa. It is to be built over three interconnected sites at Fahefa, Fualu and Liukava.
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Monday 18 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Consumers will pay more for petrol, kerosene, and diesel with new prices approved by the Tonga Competent Authority, starting today, 18 March.
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Wednesday 27 February 2019

Kingston, Jamaica:
Tonga has been elected as Council Vice-President for Asia Pacific at the International Seabed Authority 25th Session held in Jamaica on February 25.
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Monday 18 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petrol, kerosene and diesel prices have increased starting today, 18 February, after consumers enjoyed lower prices over the last month. Wholesale petrol, kerosene and diesel prices went up by 6.37 seniti/litre, 2.41 seniti/litre and 4.38 seniti/litre respectively.
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Wednesday 13 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There's a possibility that Tonga will be able to benefit from its deep sea resources because of the regime that has been established by the law of the sea. Regulations for Deep Seabed Mining planned by the end of 2020, will enable investment, the Secretary General of the International Seabed Authority Mr Michael W. Lodge explained in Nuku‘alofa yesterday, 12 February. By Pesi Fonua
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Wednesday 13 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s aim to reach 50% of renewable energy by 2020 is on track said Tonga Power Ltd CEO, Seti Chen. “The goal of renewable energy is to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel (diesel),” he told Matangi Tonga, while they have seen growth in demand for power increasing more than they thought it would. By Eleanor Gee
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Thursday 7 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
David Dudley has been appointed as the ANZ Bank's new Country Head in Tonga. He comes from ANZ Fiji.
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Friday 1 February 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s broken international submarine fibre optic cable should be fixed by midday tomorrow, if all goes to plan, according to the operations team on board the cable repair ship ‘Reliance’. The cable blackout is entering Day 13 on Saturday February 2.
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Thursday 31 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A satellite service provider has helped Digicel Tonga continue to quickly restore critical mobile and broadband connection for its business and regular customers after Tonga's fibre optic submarine cable was damaged on 20 January, causing an internet and data services blackout.
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Wednesday 30 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second fault on the international submarine cable, which connects Tonga through the Southern Cross Cable Network to Fiji, was located further out to sea from the first fault, early this morning, 30 January.
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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Reliance has located the damaged fibre optic internet cable at sea today, 29 January, near Tongatapu, but they found cable was lying around 100 metres south-east off-course from where it was originally laid.
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Monday 28 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A submarine internet cable maintenance ship Reliance arrived in Nuku’alofa, this evening, and berthed at the Queen Sālote Wharf, after sailing to Tonga from Samoa over the weekend.
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Monday 28 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel Tonga’s CEO Francis Thomsen said today that the outage in the submarine cable network that connects the Kingdom to the outside world has put “the country into digital isolation”.
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Monday 28 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is currently playing an active role in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Lopeti Senituli, a personal adviser to the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, told Matangi Tonga.
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Sunday 27 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is being assisted to restore communications that can be used during natural disasters, MEIDECC stated Friday, and also advised the public to note that social media is filtered in order to speed up internet access for essential services. Tonga's fibre optic cable blackout entered Day 7, today Sunday.
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Saturday 26 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been rescued from a very serious communications black-out this week by a small tech start-up venture in Nuku'alofa, run by smart, young adventurous Tongans and their partner company in Vanuatu, who have managed to swing some extra satellite capacity to Tonga. By Mary Lyn Fonua
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Saturday 26 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's fibre optic submarine cable is cut in two places — between Nuku’alofa and Fiji, and Nuku‘alofa and Vava‘u, according to ‘Etuini Liava‘a, the Chief Executive Officer for Tonga Cable Ltd.
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