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Wednesday 28 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eighteen technicians will be flown to Tonga on a chartered flight to install the new telecommunications system in the Tonga Broadcasting Commission’s new building in Nuku'alofa, and to construct an antenna at Niuafo‘ou, in order to to complete a Nationwide Early Warning System (NEWS) and Strengthening Disaster Communications project, supported by the Government of Japan.
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Tuesday 27 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Setitaia Chen, who has been Tonga Power Ltd's Chief Executive Officer since August 2018, resigned last Friday, 23 April, due to family reasons. Nikolasi Fonua is now Acting CEO.
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Saturday 24 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A “worse-than-expected outcome” for Tonga's GDP in the fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21 was forecast by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, following its first board meeting for the year. During the COVID-19 international crisis Tonga's annual inflation has increased and agricultural exports have fallen. Bank lending decreased, while deposits increased.
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Saturday 24 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hundreds of internet users lost their service in Tonga yesterday morning in an extended internet disruption that is continuing for some customers of Tonga Telecommunications Corporation for a second day, today. While the TCC wireless postpaid service remained operational yesterday, TCC staff explained that the outage affected their prepaid customers and the ADSL fixed line services.
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Wednesday 21 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A training series on Power Purchase Agreements for a Pacific Energy Regulators Alliance was launched by the Asian Development Bank on April 14.
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Tuesday 20 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 5,000kg shipment of some exceptionally large and healthy taro from smallholder farmers at Feletoa, Vava’u, has arrived in Nuku'alofa for export to New Zealand.
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Friday 19 March 2021

Neiafu, Vava'u
King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u launched the ‘Api-ko-Fatai cluster farming initiative for the communities of Feletoa and Mataika in Vava’u on March 18.
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Friday 19 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Local businesses affected by the negative impacts of the pandemic can now apply for various components under a COVID-19 Business Support Fund. The deadline for applications is April 9 with the assistance to be announced at the end of the same month.
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Tuesday 16 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Further increases in the price of petrol, kerosene, diesel and LPG have been approved by the Tonga Competent Authority (TCA) starting on 18 March.
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Wednesday 10 March 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga‘s CoViD-19 travel restrictions have disrupted national renewable energy targets for the next two years. Getting technical experts into the country to design and commission urgent work is a major problem. It is critical for Tongatapu’s Stablising Battery to be commissioned this month, says a key administrator.
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Friday 26 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The completion of major electricity grid upgrades in two out of five areas under the Nuku'alofa Network Upgrade Project, were marked with an official celebration at the FWC Saione field at Kolomotu’a yesterday, 25 February. The project aims to provide Tongans with safer, reliable, and more resilient power.
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Monday 22 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Pa’anga fell to its lowest exchange rate against the New Zealand Dollar since 2014, with one pa'anga buying less than .58 cents today, and possibly its lowest rate ever against the NZD.
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Monday 22 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An environmental study on seabed mining for “polymetallic nodules” - rocks that contain metals needed to build batteries, is underway in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the Pacific between Hawaii and Mexico. The aim is to use the metals to power electric cars. The study is being undertaken by DeepGreen Metals Inc., a Canadian-based seafloor mining developer, which acquired Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML) last year, and has sponsorship from the Tonga government for seabed exploration. By Eleanor Gee.
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Wednesday 17 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s $15.2 million pa'anga loan repayment due to the EXIM Bank of China, during the 2020-21 financial year, has been deferred to 2021-22, the Minister of Finance, Hon. Tevita Lavemaau, confirmed yesterday 16 February.
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Tuesday 16 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petrol, kerosene, and diesel prices have increased for February-March starting today, 16 February, as approved by the Tonga Competent Authority.
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Thursday 4 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first Labour Mobility Policy was launched by Prime Minister Hon Dr Tu’i’onetoa today, 4 February. Thousands of Tongans are employed in labour mobility schemes in New Zealand and Australia in horticulture, meat processing, construction, tourism and hospitality. The policy, which was endorsed by cabinet in 2020, aims to maximize the development impact of circular labour mobility in Tonga.
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Monday 1 February 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's National Reserve Bank is moving to enforce the Moneylenders Act by registering all businesses who are conducting lending services in Tonga. The deadline for registration closed on Friday, January 29 and the NRBT said moneylenders who had not registered in time may face legal action.
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Saturday 30 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new five years Electricity Concession Contract, to secure the supply of electricity to Tonga’s main island groups of Tongatapu, ‘Eua, Ha’apai and Vava’u was signed in Nuku’alofa on 12 January 2021.
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Tuesday 26 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The IMF has approved US$9.95 million under its Rapid Credit Facility, to help meet Tonga’s “urgent balance of payments and fiscal needs arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Cyclone Harold.” Tonga's early closure of external borders had helped avoid a worse economic outcome. “Nevertheless, an economic contraction is expected in FY2021.”
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Tuesday 19 January 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The petroleum prices for January-February continue to increase effective January 18, as approved by Tonga's Competent Authority.
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