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Tuesday 25 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is struggling to take full control of the harvesting and the exporting of its Bech-de-mer (sea cucumber) resources to reap its fair share of foreign currency earnings from its export. The CEO for the Ministry of Fisheries, Dr Tu‘ikolongahau Halafihi said public consultations on harvesting and exporting had been ongoing since a moratorium was imposed in 2015 but the consultations were not finished before the moratorium was lifted. By Pesi Fonua.
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Monday 17 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price of petrol, kerosene, and diesel has increased starting today, 17 August.
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Friday 14 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga still faces challenges with digital adoption, particularly in business operations and even more so in the informal sector, which will need to be addressed for Tonga to fully realise the benefit of digital revolution, the Minister of Trade and Economic Development, Hon Samiu Vaipulu said this week, at the launching of a Tonga Trade Policy Framework and an eCommerce Readiness Assessment report.
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Thursday 6 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Businesses and workers are finding it hard to repay loans in the CoViD-19 economic downturn. A national rapid assessment on the impact CoViD-19 is having on businesses and employment will run from 10 August until 7 September, the Tonga National Tripartite Committee (TNTC) announced today.
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Monday 3 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of Tongan secondary school students took part in a ‘Stop, Block & Tell’ program which developed one-minute videos for television and raise awareness on cyberbullying.
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Monday 3 August 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A $1.8 million data network upgrade to provide faster internet download speed in Tonga has been completed by Digicel. All sites across Tongatapu, Ha‘apai, Vava’u and ‘Eua are now using what is termed LTE or “Long Term Evolution”, which is a marketing phrase to signify progression toward true 4G.
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Wednesday 29 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Tongan women from Fangaloto have joined forces to launch their three different businesses - a consultancy, a digital agency and a beauty branch - at a shared location in Nuku’alofa on July 24.
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Tuesday 28 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thousands of vegetable seeds, such as spinach, eggplant, capsicum, carrot, and more, were donated to the ‘Eua community by Heilala Vanilla, to help them establish a sustainable nursery to support their families.
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Tuesday 21 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sustainable energy courses will be offered in the first semester of 2021 to support Tonga’s ambitious targets in achieving 70% renewable energy by 2030.
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Tuesday 7 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s National Reserve Bank on July 1 2020 declared that Tonga’s economy would remain contracted during the current Fiscal Year due to the negative impacts of Cyclone Harold and the continuing COVID-19 restriction.
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Tuesday 7 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The CoViD-19 pandemic restrictions are creating long lasting economic damage to businesses in Tonga with loss of jobs and incomes, a statement from the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industry revealed today. They also expect negative impacts to worsen when CoViD-19 arrives.
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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The duty for fuel has been increased by the Tongan Government by 10 seniti/litre from 65 to 75 seniti/litre, resulting in the rise of petrol and diesel prices starting today 1 July.
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Saturday 27 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga can boost its foreign earnings significantly if we are able to export quality Tongan kava, the Prime Minister, Hon. Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa announced at the launching of the Tonga Kava Quality Standard on 25 June at the Ancient Tonga Centre, Fangaloto, Nuku'alofa. The two main suppliers of Tongan kava, Vava’u and ‘Eua Island, have already heavily invested in planting.
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Friday 19 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new ATM point has been opened in a busy commercial area outside of Nuku'alofa by the Bank of South Pacific, to cater for the people on the eastern and central districts in Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 9 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 48% of businesses surveyed in Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, expect to start returning to business as usual in 2021 or later, according to the Pacific Trade Investment (PTI). Meanwhile 50% of businesses surveyed in Tonga are confident of surviving after CoViD-19.
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Thursday 21 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 30 registered electrical contractors are attending an electrical safety and compliance workshop in Nuku’alofa this week, as Tonga rebuilds after Tropical Cyclone Harold and also installs new life saving equipment for the Health sector. The two days of training aims to avoid deaths by electrocution and to refresh contractors’ knowledge and provide new skills to ensure a reliable, safe, clean and affordable supply of energy is provided.
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Thursday 21 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel Group, the largest phone carrier in the Pacific Islands, with headquarters in Jamaica, announced it is working to refinance its activities and reduce its multi-billion dollar debts. The company has denied Australian reports of a deal to sell to China Mobile in the Pacific.
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Monday 18 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The prices of petrol, kerosene and diesel have fallen largely in new prices effective on May 18.
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Friday 15 May 2020

Washington DC, USA
Tonga will receive US$8.4m from the World Bank with US$5.5m allocated to improve management of its public finances, boost resilience to the effects of climate change, and provide better access to skills training for labor opportunities domestically and internationally, and US$2.9m will go towards Tonga's CoViD-19 response.
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Friday 8 May 2020

Suva, Fiji
A Pacific tourism report on the CoViD-19 impact and recovery in the region projected NZD$3.1 billion losses if there were no tourists visiting seven Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, over a 12-month period.
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