The Chinese proverb goes: “Yāo Xiǎng Fù Xiān Xiū Lù” (“If you want to get rich, build a road.”) This can be updated as: “If you seek prosperity, build connectivity.” By Col. (Ret’d.) Siamelie Latu, Secretary General of the Tonga China Friendship Association.
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Wednesday 31 July 2019
Wednesday 26 June 2019
US tariff measures will not boost American economic growth. Instead, they will seriously harm the US economy. The US and China are the two biggest economies in the world. A trade war would have very serious repercussions all over the world. It could derail the current global economic expansion and cripple American businesses that depend on business with China. It could also further complicate geopolitical priorities. By Col. (Retd.) Siamelie Latu.
Wednesday 24 April 2019
The second Belt and Road Forum on International Cooperation to be held in Beijing, China, from 25-27 April 2019, offers a promising path for China-Tonga Joint Development. The meeting will welcome 37 heads of state or government, with over 5,000 participants from more than 150 countries. Tonga's delegation includes HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Semisi Sika and Minister for MEIDECC Hon. Poasi Tei. Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver the keynote speech at the opening and chair the leaders' round-table summit, with "Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future" as its theme.
Wednesday 17 April 2019
The Australian High Commission invites members of the public to attend the Dawn Service on Thursday 25 April 2019 at the Cenotaph in Nuku'alofa, to remember those men and women from Tonga, Australia and New Zealand who have served and sacrificed in international conflicts.
Tuesday 26 March 2019
Tongatapu and 'Eua communities are learning how to restore their water supplies and improve sanitation, under a post-cyclone recovery training programme implemented by Live & Learn Environmental Education Tonga, along with Tonga Skills providing accredited training in financial and plumbing skills.
Tuesday 12 March 2019
The SPBD Microfinance Network, the largest microfinance provider in the South Pacific, has promoted Fine Tu'ipulotu to General Manager of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance Ltd in the Kingdom of Tonga. Fine is the first Tongan-born national appointed to the top post.
Wednesday 12 December 2018
A total dividend and tax of $3.5 million pa'anga for the Financial Year 2017/18 was paid to the government shareholder by the Shared Transport Sector Public Enterprises this week. Chairman Dr Sione Ngongo Kioa reported that Ports Authority Tonga (PAT), Tonga Airports Ltd. (TAL) and Friendly Islands Shipping Agency (FISA) continued to maintain their combined net profit before tax above the $8 million mark. The dividend is 25% of net profits and the remaining 75% of net profits after taxes will support the Transport Sector's critical projects.
Wednesday 28 November 2018
The University of the South Pacific-Tonga campus welcomed HM King Tupou VI for the commissioning of their new Kukū Kaunaka Collection of academic theses by Tongan scholars, in a closed event on November 14. In a statement, USP said: “It was indeed a most humbling and significant event as Tonga USP staff marked the 50th anniversary of the USP service in the region and in Tonga.”
Monday 5 November 2018
November 2 is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Kingdom of Tonga. It is of great significance to jointly celebrate this historic day. On October 26, 1998, His Majesty King Tupou VI, who was then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence of Tonga visited China, and on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, signed the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations with his counterpart in the Chinese Government. By H. E. Wang Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Tonga.
Friday 18 May 2018
Partnership among Pacific Islanders - Towards a Prosperous, Free and Open Pacific: It was more than 20 years ago in 1997 when the leaders of Japan and the Pacific island countries first gathered in Tokyo to launch the first Japan-Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (PALM, then known as the Japan-South Pacific Forum Summit Meeting). Japan was among the first countries to establish a summit-level framework dedicated to forging stronger ties with Pacific island countries. - Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.
Friday 23 February 2018
Additional line mechanics have arrived in Tonga to assist Tonga Power with restoration works of electricity in Tongatapu.
Thursday 3 August 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Ports Authority Tonga was elected as the new President of the Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance for the next three years, at PMTA's Annual General Meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday. The Chairman of the Transport Shared Board of Directors, Mr Stephen Edwards accepted the role on behalf of Ports Authority Tonga.
Monday 19 June 2017
Ha'apai will be the first islands group in Tonga to achieve 50% generation from renewable energy, after the commissioning of the 550 kWp "Ha Masani Solar Facility" by the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Mr Andrew Ford at Pangai on June 15.
Tuesday 7 February 2017
Describing economic globalization as a double-edged sword that should be viewed comprehensively, China's President Xi Jinping said in Davos in January that we should pay attention to its deficiency but "not give up eating for fear of choking" or simply attribute the problems like the financial crisis and refugees to globalization, let alone protectionism. China views globalization's general trend as right. In May this year, China will host the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” in Beijing to discuss ways to boost cooperation, build cooperation platforms and share cooperation outcomes. By H.E. Huang Huaguang.
Saturday 31 December 2016
A Nakolo family is having a Happy New Year after winning the grand prize of $3000 in the Molisi City Central Supermarket New Year raffle this afternoon. The name on the winning ticket was Senior Constable Temaleti Vea.
Thursday 15 December 2016
Tonga Airports Ltd. has declared a $2 million pa'anga Annual Dividend for 2015-16, payable to its shareholder, the Government of Tonga, its highest-ever dividend pay out.
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Tonga is a developing country in the Pacific region. It has great demand and potential of development for internet and has already made positive progress in the development of internet and ICT. China and Tonga have shared interests in the development of internet, improving internet governance systems and forming a peaceful and safe cyberspace and other related issues. Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sovaleni attended the Wuzhen Summit during the Third World Internet Conference themed “Innovation-driven Internet Development for the Benefit of All-Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace” held in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province of China from November 11-18.
Friday 2 December 2016
The first ever shipment of Tongan squash to China left Tonga this week, after Tongatapu exporter Nishi Trading successfully passed a strict quarantine inspection on Saturday, 26 November 2016. This important achievement took 18 months of negotiation and inspections leading to an initial protocol between the Governments of China and Tonga in May. This initiative was supported by PHAMA - the Pacific Horticultural & Agricultural Market Access Program.
Friday 2 December 2016
Growth in cargo volumes and the number of ships calling at the Port of Nuku’alofa, as well as operating efficiencies has resulted in a record dividend of $$1,617,862 for the financial year 2015/16 for the Ports Authority of Tonga. The dividend was declared by the Board of Directors on 1 December 2016, during their Annual General Meeting in Nuku'alofa, when the Chairman Mr Stephen Edwards, presented a dividend cheque to the Minister for Public Enterprises, Poasi Mataele Tei, for the shareholder, the Government of Tonga.
Wednesday 30 November 2016
An 18 month long project to support the development of the vanilla industry in Vava'u this year has also helped Tonga's MAFF and Australian development partners to better understand the challenges and opportunities faced by vanilla growers and the vanilla industry. Over 100 vanilla growers were directly assisted and 328 plantations monitored under the project, which has identified a need for new plantings, particularly on small family plantations.