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Welcome to the Ministry of Commerce and Tourism as effective from 1 May 2012, and in line with restructuring, the following ministerial re-assignments as was known as Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries. Your online front door to Tonga government services on companies, investment, industrial relations, labour market information, intellectual property rights, consumer rights, occupational safety and health.


Minister for Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation and Labour - Hon. Dr. Tu'i Uata
CEO for Labour, Commerce and Industries - Mr. Edgar Cocker


The Ministry of Labour, Commerce, and Industries is the primary licensor, control body for Labour, Commerce, and Industries in the Kingdom of Tonga.

This ministry controls Company Registration, Issue of Development License, Issue of Trade License, Issue of Export License, Issue of Import License,Grant of Incentivess andLease of Industrial Land. The Ministry also operates the following service; Industrial and Business Advisory Service; Export Market Promotion;Skills Training;Assistance with Employment in the Private Sector;Trade Promotion.

The Ministry has seven divisions which includes:

  • Labour
  • Commerce
  • Intellectual Property & Company Registration
  • Co-operatives and Credit Unions - The Cooperative Societies and Credit Union Division is committed to promote and advance the Cooperatives and Credit Unions Movements in Tonga by fostering self-sustaining cooperatives and credit unions that create employment, generate income and enhance the social welfare of their respective communities. These are guided by the Cooperatives Societies Act, 1973 and Credit Unions Act, 1977. The Division draws its focus on the following services: 1. Promotion of Cooperative Society Movement's Movement.;  2. Training of Cooperatives and Credit Unions members.; 3. Provide inspection of Accounts.; 4. Auditing of Financial Reports. ;5. Policy Advice and Law Enforcement.
  • Trade - Tonga Trade Division of the Ministry was established in January 1997. The Division dedicated to assist in expanding and diversifying Tonga's export earnings by fostering and promoting sustainable export trade. The core functions of Tonga Trade are as follows:  1. Export Promotion; 2. Market Research and Development; 3. Trade Policy and Information
  • Small Industries - The Small Industries Centre is consists of thirty five (35) industries from both the manufacturing and service sectors. All factory sheds and nursery buildings are fully occupied and empty land plots are also sub-leased for the purpose of constructing private owned buildings.
  • Industry - The Industry Division is committed to foster investment and to facilitate industrial development in Tonga. These are guided by the Foreign Investment Act, 2002 and the Industrial Development Act of 1978 . The Industry Division draws its focus on the following services: - 1) Management of the Industrial Development Incentives; 2) Investment Promotion Activities; 3) Private Sector Development Services; 4) Investment Policies


Some useful information regarding business start-up procedures: (Download a full Business Startup Kit)


For more information on the services available from MLCI, contact them at the below address.

MLCI Head Office in Nuku'alofa

Mr. Edgar Cocker, CEO Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation & Labour, Latai Estate, Cnr Tupoulahi & Salote Road, Fasi-mo e-afi P.O. Box 110 Nuku'alofa TONGA

The Tonga Tourism Sector Road Map

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18 April 2013 Tourism has been identified as the major economic development opportunity for the country, with potential to provide broad based employment and income generation, as well as support the retention of cultural traditions and the sustainable management of the nation's environmental assets.

The Tonga Strategic Development Framework highlights the priority placed on growing the tourism sector.

In order to facilitate and accelerate growth in the sector, the Ministry of Commerce Tourism and Labour is working with other key stakeholders to develop an overarching sector framework for tourism - the Tonga Tourism Roadmap.  This Roadmap will develop a clear way forward for the future and identify priorities and initiatives for implementation in the next five years.

In order to have a higher level of growth for the tourism sector, strategic choices need to be made to remove the impediments to growth.  The major impediments and some of the options are outlined in a Situation Analysis and Tourism Sector Framework Paper to promote debate and facilitate the development of clear strategies and priorities.

The Situation Analysis and Tourism Sector Framework Paper has been prepared to promote discussion and stakeholder engagement by documenting the context and key issues which face the tourism sector in Tonga, together with some options and potential solutions.    The paper will be the basis of additional consultation with a wider range of stakeholder groups scheduled to be undertaken by the consultants for the second and third week of April 2013.

Should you need to participate or need more information on the Tourism Master Plan please contact Faleola Mafi at 23688 ext 110 email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you wish to write a response and comment on the uploaded analysis and framework paper, please send an email  to Ross Hopkins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Issued by the: Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour, Nuku'alofa, 2013

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 May 2013 22:07 )
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