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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

New Petroleum Prices for August-September 2011

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16 August, 2011. The Competent Authority has approved the new petroleum prices for August-September 2011 to be effective from Tuesday 16th August 2011 and therefore wish to notify the public accordingly.

Retail price for all products have decreased compared to the price for July-August 2011. The retail price for August-September 2011 for Diesel have decreased by 3.90 seniti to $2.84 per litre (equivalent to 1.35% reduction) followed by Kerosene by 2.99 seniti down to $2.22 per litre (equivalent to 1.33% reduction) and Petrol is decreased by 1.28 seniti to $2.78 per litre (equivalent to 0.46% reduction)

Petroleum prices for August-September 2011 are mainly determined by the movement of FOB prices in the Singapore market based on July 2011 average prices of the daily published Means of Platt's Singapore (MOPS) benchmark prices. The slight decrease in August-September 2011 price is attributed to the following reasons:

  • Singapore prices for refined products were relatively steady for most of July 2011.
  • Strong market demand and therefore refinery runs. This makes it more closely linked with the demand for crude.
  • On a month average basis crude prices were up US$2-3/bbl, more than reversing the small decline seen in June. Diesel and jet fuel in Singapore were up by a similar amount(US$2.50/bbl) whereas petrol with a bounce back in demand was up US$5.50/bbl.
  • The Tongan Pa'anga was up more than 4% against the US dollar for July in comparison to June. This strengthening Pa'anga meant in local currency terms to price of petrol held steady (it offset the rise in the benchmark price) and jet fuel and diesel prices fell.
  • The introduction of the new petroleum pricing template resulted in a minor reduction of the price of fuel as compared to the old template.

The decline in Tonga Power diesel price is sharper than it would have been. In summary for August, wholesale prices including consumption tax will decrease by 0.4 seniti/litre for petrol, 3.0 seniti/litre for jet fuel and diesel, and 7.3 seniti/litre for Tonga Power diesel.

Issued from the: Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries.
15 July 2011

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