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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

Presenting the 7 beautiful ladies running for Miss Heilala 2012

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20 July, 2012. Today on Liku'alofa Beach Resort in Kanokupolu, the 7 beautiful, young ladies running for the crown and title of Miss Heilala 2012 met for the Miss. Heilala Orientation Session organized by the Heilala Festival 2012 Committee.

There the Organizers of the pageant together with the reigning Miss Heilala - Hinalei Liberty Afeaki, welcomed the contestants and gave a briefing on what lies ahead of these young beauties as they prepare themselves for the pageant.

The 7 constestants running for the crown of Miss Heilala 2012 are:

1. Miss Loumaile Lodge - Audrey Lolohea
2. Miss Horizon Sun - Zola Tise Fauolo
3. Miss Bou's Fashion - Diamond Langi
4. Miss Malo e lelei Travel - 'Akinita Cecelia Maile
5. Miss The Black Pearl Suites - Kathleen Walters
6. Miss Liahona Alumni - Ebony Nuku
7. Miss Lady Maria - Siulolo Tapu'osi Liku'one Ramsey

The 1st judging event is on Monday 23rd of July were the constestants will have the Miss Heilala Pre-Pageant Interview to be held at the Davina House.

The next judging event is on Tuesday 24th of July which is the Miss Tau'olunga and then on Thursday 26th of July is the final Miss Heilala judging events - South Pacific Evening ( Island Creation, Talent & Sarong) ending with the Crowning of the Miss Heilala 2012 on the evening of Friday 27th of July 2012.

All judging events except the Crowning of the Miss Heilala 2012 are free for the public to attend and are held at the Heilala Village on Pangai Lahi, Nuku'alofa.

Whichever one of these beautiful young ladies wins the title of Miss Heilala 2012 will continue and represent the Kingdom of Tonga and run for the crown of Miss South Pacific. The Miss South Pacific is to be held later in the year in American Samoa.


Issued by the: Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 October 2012 00:04 )
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