25 November, 2011. Government of Tonga is now taking initiatives to reform its business licence through the Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries with the objective to further enhance ease of doing business in Tonga, as recognized by the World Bank Index for Ease of Doing Business.
They include undertakings inter alia to reduce cumulative burden from licencing, reduce costs of licencing for businesses with more than one licenced business activities, and also capitalize on the technology such as electronic payment of fees.
Whilst the process for amending the Business Licence Act and Regulations is now proceeding, the renewals of business licenses for the calendar year 2012 before the end of December 2011 will now consider to "accept applications containing more than one related business activity and issue one licence that covers more than one related business activity." Conditions apply to ensure the health and safety of public are protected. This particular initiative will result in reducing licence costs for businesses with more than one business activities for 2012.
Businesses with more than one licensed business activities due for renewal to 2012 are requested to contact the nearest office of the Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries for further details.
Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries
25 November 2011.