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.
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Friday 23 February 2018
Additional line mechanics have arrived in Tonga to assist Tonga Power with restoration works of electricity in Tongatapu.
Monday 19 February 2018
Bank South Pacific (BSP) Tonga has donated $30,000 to Tonga Red Cross relief program to support the victims affected by Cyclone Gita. Sione Taumoefolau, Secretary Generale for Tonga Red Cross Society said “this will go a long way in assisting their work in hiring trucks to deliver aid to affected areas, feeding the volunteers and other needed support.”
Thursday 25 January 2018
No one knows better than the people and governments of the Pacific island countries on whether China's assistance is productive or not. Other countries have no right to act as a mentor and point fingers at and making irresponsible remarks on China’s assistance efforts and collaboration with the Pacific island countries in this field. This year of 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Tonga, which is also a time to reflect on the achievements jointly made in the past and look into the prospect of the future. By HE Wang Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Tonga
Tuesday 23 January 2018
The Electricity Commission has approved a new power tariff of 85.14 seniti per unit to be effective from 1st February 2018 - an increase of 3.94 seniti per unit. The increase is attributed to a 14.6 percent increase in fuel prices (per litre) since June 2017.
Monday 27 November 2017
The year of 2018 will usher in the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Tonga. Guided by the spirit of the 19th National Congress of CPC, China will work with Tonga to seize the opportunity, increase high-level contacts, expand the exchanges and cooperation and break new ground in the China-Tonga strategic partnership featuring mutual respect and common development, to bring more benefits to the two peoples and make new contribution to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Pacific Island countries.
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Federal Pacific Insurance and Finance in Tonga co-hosted a cocktail function with the National Reserve Bank of Tonga on November 16, attended by the delegates of the 32nd South Pacific Governors Meeting. The Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Dr Sione Ngongo Kioa in thanking Federal Pacific for their hospitality for co-hosting the cocktail function, commented: “this is proof that partnerships between the public and private sectors are possible."
Wednesday 15 November 2017
The Chairman of the combined utility board, Mr Carl Sanft presented a cheque of $7,319,219 to the Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei as the utilities combined dividend and tax for the 2016/2017 financial year. This is a record dividend and tax and the highest to be paid to the shareholder, the Government of Tonga by a Public Enterprise.
Wednesday 15 November 2017
The Shared Transport Sector Public Enterprises – Ports Authority Tonga (PAT), Tonga Airports Limited (TAL) and the Friendly Island Shipping Agency (FISA) – concluded the Financial Year (FY) 2017 with an outstanding combined Net Profit Before Tax of $8.4 million, compared to $6.5 million in 2016,
Friday 3 November 2017
Six electrical Line Mechanics from Tongatapu and the outer islands will go to New Zealand for skills development, under an arrangement between Tonga Power Ltd. and Northpower Ltd. Since 2003, Northpower have recruited 34 line mechanics from Tonga.
Friday 4 August 2017
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the new industrial revolution offers greater promise in fostering inclusive growth. Driven by Internet, digital and intelligent technologies, it has created new supply and demand, greatly expanded development space and brought unprecedented opportunities for equal participation. In a speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2017 in Dalian recently, he said China is ready to work with all countries to achieve inclusive growth in economic globalization, but promoting inclusive growth requires the hard work of countries themselves.
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.
Thursday 6 July 2017
Tonga's power tariffs have decreased by 4.66 seniti per kWh from 85.86 seniti per kWh to 81.20 seniti per kWh, from 1July 2017. This represents a 5.4% reduction in tariff from last quarter.
Thursday 6 July 2017
A roof top solar system at the Prince Wellington Ngu Hospital, Vava'u, was officially inaugurated on July 3 by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala.
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 4 April 2017
Support to small business vital for the economy, ANZ Tonga Country Head, Manoa Kamikamica said as the bank launched a financial literacy program for small businesses, "MoneyMinded Business Basics for Small and Medium Enterprises" in Tonga.
Saturday 1 April 2017
Cargo throughput increased by 15% in 2016 compared to the previous year and this trend is expected to continue during major construction projects in the country, the Ports Authority Tonga stated in its 2016 Annual Report released today. Container throughput hit a record high and ships calls increased by 19% during the same period. Net Profit After Tax was $2.2 million, an increase of 16% from the 2014/15 result, allowing shareholders increased dividends. Pulusi 'o e Fakamatala Fakata’u 2016 – Ma'u Mafai ki he Ngaahi Taulanga 'o Tonga.
Friday 31 March 2017
In announcing a power increase of 2.84 seniti per unit (kWh) starting tomorrow April 1, Tonga Power Ltd. has offered a lifeline tariff reduction for their most vulnerable consumers due to the high power tariff of 85.86 seniti/kWh. The increase is attributed to diesel price movement.
Thursday 23 March 2017
An ATM skimming fraud currently occurring in Tonga has affected a number of BSP Visa debit cards and ANZ International access card holders, warns the Association of Banks in Tonga in a public notice today. Between 16-20 March 2017, BSP and ANZ Tonga customers have had fraudulent overseas transactions made to their accounts.
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.