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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

WTO established Reference Centre at the MLCI

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23 September 2011

The Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries has been privileged with the technical assistance of the World Trade Organisation  (WTO) in establishing a modernized WTO Reference Centre where any relevant information on the WTO can be accessed via the WTO internet site, on CD-ROMs, in print, as well as in electronic format.

The Reference Centre promotes the multilateral trading system locally and globally; and is readily available for government departments, private sector, civil society groups, academics and interested stakeholders.

The Honourable Minister, ‘Isileli Pulu, officially opened the new WTO Reference Centre on Wednesday 21st September, 2011 at the Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries Conference Room. Dr. Edwini Kessie, Counsellor on the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division of the WTO, represented the WTO in the official opening and facilitated a two days Seminar on the WTO and the Doha Development Agenda.

Government representatives from various Ministries, private sector, civil society and other stakeholders participated in the official opening and the two days seminar.

The Reference Centre is fully equipped with 3 computers, 3 scanners, 3 printers, one heavy duty multi-purpose photocopy machine in addition to trade and trade related resource materials. The equipments were estimated to be at a total of TOP$35, 000.


Issued by the: Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries, Nuku'alofa, 2011. 21 September 2011

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