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MINISTRY COMMERCE AND TOURISM

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries - Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa
CEO for Labour, Commerce and Industries - Mrs. Vaimoana Taukolo

CORE FUNCTIONS:

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

RESOURCES:

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

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

MLCI Head Office in Nuku'alofa

Mrs. Vaimoana Taukolo, CEO Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries, Latai Estate, Cnr Tupoulahi & Salote Road, Fasi-mo e-afi P.O. Box 110 Nuku'alofa TONGA



Government concerns over Tongan RSE Workers who remains in NZ unlawfully

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8 September 2011 T

he Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries is seriously concerned with the high number of Tonga RSE workers who are remaining unlawful in New Zealand since the beginning of the scheme in 2007. To date, the recorded number of absconders from Tonga have reduced from twenty-three and currently standing at twenty-one (21) with another over-staying worker due to voluntary return this week set to reduce the number to twenty (20).

The Ministry has stepped up its appeals to families and community of origin of these workers remaining unlawful in NZ, to assist in locating and encouraging them to return home based on advice from Immigration New Zealand. The Ministry had also been engaging with the New Zealand Department of Labour throughout this year, to further step up measures with the view to reduce significantly the number by December 2011.

The RSE scheme is continuing to be an important development instrument for the people of Tonga currently securing seasonal employment for over 1,200 nationals each work season in New Zealand mobilizing at least an estimate of over TOP$ 5 million net remittances per annum into the local economy.

Government of Tonga is convinced through published independent surveys of the positive outcome of the RSE scheme to Tonga including improvements to participating families' general standard of living, contributions to churches and community obligations.

As part of the stepped up measures, the Ministry is undertaking to announce herewith to the public the names of the twenty-one (21) RSE workers whom are remaining unlawfully in NZ, their village of registered origin in Tonga, and suspected location in New Zealand.

The New Zealand authorities have also been requested to assist and consider the announced names to be subject of track for deportation, and for targeted enforcements.

The Ministry again, further wishes to appeal to the public, communities including Tongan communities in New Zealand for their assistance and confidential advice if they know about the whereabouts or any leads to any of these unlawful RSE workers to contact:

  • Immigration New Zealand (NZ) Free phone Number 0508 55 88 55
  • INZ website http://www.crimestoppers-nz.org/ Free phone Number 0800 555 111
  • Sefita Haoli (Tonga's RSE Liaison Officer) in Auckland at +64 274 531 000
  • Direct contact to the Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries at any office branch in Tongatapu, Vava'u, Ha'apai, ‘Eua & Niuatoputapu or call our main office in Nuku'alofa at telephone number +676 23 688

No.

NAME(s)

COMMUNITY IN TONGA

SUSPECT LOCATION IN NZ

UNLAWFUL SINCE...

1

Teisina Pousini

Haveluloto, Tt

Auckland

4 Dec 2008

2

Loko Fotu

Leimatu'a, Vv

Auckland

14 May 2009

3

Manase Lisala

Leimatu'a

(Not known)

14 May 2009

4

Tioni Tupou Samiu

Leimatu'a

Hamilton

14 May 2009

5

Vainikolo Talakai

Leimatu'a

Otahuhu

14 May 2009

6

Veioso Liumei Vea

Leimatu'a

Mangere

14 May 2009

7

Viliami Kokohu

Leimatu'a

Not known

14 May 2009

8

Vaea Alamoti

Kolofo'ou, Tt

Not known

14 May 2009

9

Itilani Latu

(not yet available)

Not known

14 May 2009

10

Sitiveni Lupeitu'u

(not yet available)

Not known

14 May 2009

11

Hosea Manumu'a

Leimatu'a, Vv

Not known

10 June 2009

12

Koli Vaiaku

Leimatu'a

Not known

10 June 2009

13

Lafaele Fa'asolo

Leimatu'a

Not known

10 June 2009

14

Talanoa Fangalahi

Leimatu'a

Not known

10 June 2009

15

Viliami Faiva'ilo

Nuapapu, Vv

Manurewa

10 June 2009

16

Mosese Ula

Fatai,Tt

Not known

10 June 2009

17

Misiona Afu

Holonga , Vv

Waikato/Hamilton

3 July 2009

18

Ataata Finau

Afa, Tt

Not known

28 Aug 2009

19

Miko Ekonomika

Longomapu, Vv

Waikato/Hamilton

25 Feb 2010

20

Seli Kata

Sapa'ata, Nt

Not known

15 May 2010

21

Sosaia Faka'osifolau

Fahefa, Tt

Not known

14 Apr 2011

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

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