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Chatham House Discussed Tonga’s Authority on Shaping the Global Energy Market

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6 June 2013 Tonga's energy security strategy including its oil-import vulnerability to oil-price volatility and its connection to climate change initiatives were the subject of Tonga's Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano presentation to a high level audience at Chatham House in London on Monday 3 June 2013.

London Chatham House is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious foreign policy think tanks. The Institute is named for the building that houses it - the former home of two Prime Ministers, including the Earl of Chatham.

2.         Its ambitious energy goals in particular to achieve 50 percent renewable energy in 2012 through the Tonga Energy Road Map 2010-2020 had landed Tonga in a situation where Government had to look, for opportunities outside of the region, and development partners not conventionally engaged with the Pacific.  They include its country initiative to host the first ever Pacific Leaders Energy Summit (PLES) in March 2013, the first time meeting of Political Leaders of the Pacific outside any regional or international organization.  Equally important, its initiatives to garner support of other Pacific island countries to secure the Pacific permanent seat at the IRENA Governing Council under the Asia Pacific region having been the first Pacific island country to be elected Council in 2011.  This was also influential to Tonga's re-election in January 2013 to occupy the IRENA Council seat for a second term from 2013-15.

3.         Lord Tu'ivakano also highlighted to the Chatham House audience that "The Kingdom of Tonga is also highly susceptible to climate change and both challenges influenced his Government upon taking Office in 2011 to reinforce TERM not only into a whole-of-sector approach but also step up innovative coordination across a range of development partners.  As a result, key players in the international community have supported Government of Tonga and closely watched the development and implementation of the TERM not only its success but also areas of difficulties contributing to a complete change in the approach towards the aid paradigm that is not just specific to Tonga, or the energy sector but to any sector and any country in the region.

4.         The engaged discussion and exchanges welcomed Government of Tonga's authority on energy, and acknowledged the high-level intelligence and political leadership of Tonga's Prime Minister on a series of events not only nationally but regionally through the convening of the Pacific Leaders.  Tonga's influence at the UN-ESCAP Energy Ministerial Summit in Vladivostock and the most recent establishment of the Global Renewable Energy Club in Berlin on 1 June 2013 was also noted.

5.         The audience as an outcome of the presentation and discussion applauded Tonga's initiatives to shaping the global energy market, even its initiative to establish under the auspices of the UN the Regional Data Repository (RDR) to contribute to the information source to help international strategists and the UN Resolution for Decade for Sustainable Energy for All and the Secretary General's Initiative for Renewable Energy For All.

6.         The Prime Minister also presented to the Z/Yen Group in the City of London's with an audience comprising leading commercial think-tank, Bank of America, BP, Credit Suisse, Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Reuters, London Stock Exchange, Mitsubishi, Cisco, Compaq, Ericsson, Hill & Knowlton, British Gas, Sirius Minerals, PricewaterhouseCoopers, McKinsey, UK Cabinet Office, and many, many, many more in the commercial, technological, financial, non-profit and government sectors.  The Prime Minister was able to highlight the investment opportunities the Kingdom have to offer including the potential for tourism, related infrastructures and technological business opportunities from its new fibre optic to be connected before the end of 2013.  The audience acknowledged the opportunities existing in Tonga and were mostly impressed with the Government of Tonga Tourism Consumer Awareness of the Kingdom as a holiday destination which was also displayed to the audience.


Issued on 3 June 2013

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