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Monday 29 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Squash Exporters' Council is seeking a $6 million loan for the purpose of compensating squash growers who were hurt by low returns from their sale of squash to Japan this year.
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan communities realise they need new skills and more income. - Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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Tuesday 25 November 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In any disaster, there are always a few survivors and this is true of Tonga's squash industry this year. While most of the 2000 Tongan squash growers this season will face a huge financial loss because they will be paid only 15 to 20 seniti per kg of squash, a lucky few will receive between 61 and 84 seniti per kg.
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Tuesday 11 November 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The state of Poverty and Corruption in Tonga was highlighted by researchers in Nuku'alofa at the end of October.
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Monday 10 November 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's annual squash exports for Japan could reach 20,000 tonnes, but people in the industry are predicting the price will plummet this year to a disappointing low of between 20 and 15 seniti per kilo.
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Thursday 30 October 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“It seems that the state of our economy is starting to look up, the result of efforts that we have made in the past”.- King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.
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Tuesday 30 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Remote Islands and Rural Technology was the theme of a two-day Pacific Islands telecommunications workshop that was held at the International Dateline Hotel, Nuku'alofa, from September 29-30.
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Tuesday 9 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deep-sea fishing, at the depth of between 500 and 2000 meters could offer a new source of fish for the Tonga Fisheries.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Pacific Finance and Investments Ltd. has invested about $1.3 million in Tonga for the construction of two new buildings this year. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The establishment of the Vava‘u Agricultural Farmers Council Inc. on April 3 is yet another attempt by farmers to pool their resources and to find a market for their produce. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga imports $6 million worth of vegetables annually to meet demand, a surprising amount for a country with an annual trade deficit of about $90 million, which has its main export strength in agricultural produce. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
“We have not been able to utilise the ocean’s prosperity and availability,” said the newly appointed Secretary for Fisheries, 46-year-old Manase Felemi. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Although the Free Trade area for the Pacific has started to take shape Tonga is not ready to take advantage of it. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A new airline, Kingdom Airline, aims to open up the trading route between Tonga and the USA, using two 420 Convairs aircraft, scheduled to begin operations before August. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
There is increasing interest in the state of the economy: in particular the fall in the level of the Pa‘anga, the high level of inflation, and the economic reform programme. I intend to link these issues and to explain the economic and developmental factors behind them. In an educated, open society like Tonga’s, it is important that as many people as possible understand these important issues so that they can make informed contributions to the debate. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Royal Coffee brand, which is a household name in Tonga, will be launched in Sydney, Australia, in March and there are plans to reach other export markets. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Crown Prince Tupouto‘a offers a radical solution to Tonga’s inflation crisis: he says the low Pa‘anga is retarding the economy, and suggests that Tonga could dollarise its economy, to allow the US Dollar to become legal tender here. Interview by Pesi Fonua. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Local traders and consumers are concerned about the increasing cost of goods. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
A US rocket developer is pushing ahead with its plans to build a Space Port in Tonga, and is registering itself as a weapons manufacturer in order to export its rockets from the US. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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Sunday 30 March 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s first cigarette factory is set to be in production by March. In the initial stage International Metrople Corporation Ltd., a Taiwanese company, will invest about $2 million pa‘anga to get the plant in operation at Nuku‘alofa’s Small Industries Centre. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 1, March 2003.
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