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Why are the Chinese interested in Tonga?


The domestic airport in Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa, was eerily quiet. The friendly cafe, where three years ago I’d enjoyed the delicious locally-grown coffee, had gone. And there was no sign of my plane.Waiting with me in the shade for something to happen was a young Chinese man, booked on the same flight, returning to his wife and grocery store on the island of Hapa’ai.

via BBC News – Why are the Chinese interested in Tonga?.

Tongan PM seeks greater ties to China


The Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang pledged that China would advance the development of relations between China and Tonga, when he met the Tongan Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing on Monday, 22 July.

Lord Tu’ivakano told the premier that Tonga attached great importance to developing relations with China.

via Tongan PM seeks greater ties to China | Matangi Tonga.

Chinese Premier Pledges to Advance Ties with Tonga


Premier Li Keqiang pledged on Monday to advance the development of relations between China and Tonga.

Li made the pledge during a meeting with Tongan Prime Minister Siale’ataonga Tu’ivakano at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

Tu’ivakano expressed condolences on behalf of the Tongan government and people for the victims of an earthquake that occurred in northwest China’s Gansu Province on Monday morning.

via Chinese Premier Pledges to Advance Ties with Tonga.

Petroleum Prices continue to rise


Tonga’s petroleum prices for mid-July to mid-August will increase significantly compared to June, continuing a trend of rising petroleum prices since April.

Tonga’s Ministry of Commerce, Tourism & Labour approved an increased price for petrol by 9.60 seniti from $2.75 to $2.85 seniti per litre. Retail prices for diesel increased by 8.11 seniti from $2.80 to $2.88 seniti per litre. Retail prices for Kerosene increased by 6.45 seniti from $2.16 to $2.22.

via Petroleum Prices continue to rise | Matangi Tonga.

Private sector growth essential for Tonga


TONGA’s government has made efforts to improve the policy environment for economic growth and private sector development.

Those efforts included liberalising trade and foreign direct investment legislation, improving policy co-ordination, strengthening the link between planning and budgeting and simplifying the tax system and tax base.

via Private sector growth essential for Tonga – Fiji Times Online.

Tonga internet cable project completes first major stage


The Tonga end of an 826 kilometre underwater fibre optic cable link has come ashore from Fiji.

The project costs $US34 million and is funded by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Tonga Communications Corporation.

Audio: Paula P Ma’u speaks to Pacific Beat (ABC News)

The chief executive of Tonga’s Ministry of Information and Communication, Mr Paula P Ma’u, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat the new optic fibre cable will help reduce the costs of high speed internet.

via Tonga internet cable project completes first major stage – Australia Network News – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Tongan and Samoan win Digicel promotion


Lucky winners Loga Pauli of Auckland New Zealand and Tohuia Kama of Sydney Australia receive their Home Entertainment Package prizes, this included a plasma TV, surround sound system and a DVD player. Winners were drawn out of 25 finalists drawn from thousands of eligible entrants.

Digicel’s promotions and giveaways has not stopped here, Digicel has launched a WIN A TRIP FOR 4 to anywhere in the Pacific promotion to end on the 31st of July.

via Tongan and Samoan win Digicel promotion – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News.

Tonga’s mobile money service wins Global Telecom award


Digicel Tonga’s mobile money service received one of two awards won by Digicel in the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards 2013, announced in London, United Kingdom on June 5.

The Tonga operation won an award in the “Best Consumer Innovation” category for their ‘Beep & Go’ mobile payments product, while the Chairman and founder of Digicel, Denis O’Brien, took home the big prize of the night the “Outstanding Achievement Award”.

via Tonga’s mobile money service wins Global Telecom award | Matangi Tonga.

Cable links Tonga to trans-Pacific system


ALCATEL-LUCENTs cable ship, Ile de re berthed at the Suva port last Sunday in preparation for the roll-out of the 837km Tonga-Fiji submarine cable system.

The cable is intended to help increase Tongas broadband internet access and affordability, as well as access to the Southern Cross cable, the main trans-Pacific system that connects Fiji, Australia and New Zealand to the United States of America.

via Cable links Tonga to trans-Pacific system – Fiji Times Online.

Tonga eyes wind energy future after building first turbine


Tonga’s first wind turbine could be the first step towards turning the Pacific island nation into a green energy powerhouse.

Work on the 11kW turbine in the village of Nakolo was completed this week ahead of commissioning this month.

via Tonga eyes wind energy future after building first turbine – 23 May 2013 – News from BusinessGreen.