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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

First Group of Tongan Seasonal Workers Under PSWPS Departs to Tonga

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11 September 2009. Press Release.

The first group of Tongan seasonal workers employed under the Pacific Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme (PSWPS) departed to Tonga yesterday, Thursday, 10 September 2009 after the completion of seven (7) months employment at horticultural farms in Australia namely Victoria and Queensland.

Prior to departure, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship organized on Thursday, 03 September 2009 at 1830hrs an Information Session with the Tongan community at the Pulela'a Hall, Glendenning, Sydney. The session was an update of the PSWPS and outlined benefits of the Scheme to Australia as well as the home country of the workers. Officials from various Australian Government Departments were present as well at the Deputy High Commissioner of the Tonga High Commission, Dr Leimoni Taufu'i.

A Pre-Departure Programme for the Tongan seasonal workers was co-organized by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; and All Recruiting Services (Labor Hire Company) in which the following included:

Tuesday, 08 September 2009: Pre-return workshop
- Included completion of Tax and Superannuation Forms, session with Westpac Bank, Pre-departure briefing by AusAID/DEEWR and Evaluation from the World Bank and TNS.

Wednesday, 09 September 2009:
- Football Tournament; and
- Farewell Ceremony

The initial group of 50 Tongan workers arrived Australia in February 2009. 3 workers were compassionately pardoned to depart early to Tonga due to the loss of immediate family members on the MV Princess Ashika tragedy. 47 of the 50 seasonal Tongan workers departed on Pacific Blue from Sydney International Airport to Tonga yesterday.


Source: Tonga High Commission, Cabberra, Australia.

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