An Auckland ophthalmologist warns the eye conditions of many older Tongans are placing a burden on the local youth, as they care for their relatives who are unable to work. Dr Brent Gaskin, of Auckland Eye, says young Tongans are under pressure as they support …Media release: 29 October, 201
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Economic Ministers from member countries in the Pacific Islands Forum have gathered in Tonga for the 17th Forum Economic Ministers Meeting.
The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade says discussion at the three-day meeting will focus on the theme of Leveraging Opportunities for Sustainable Development.
via 17th Forum Economic Ministers Meeting underway in Tonga.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australia are to fund the construction and installation of solar power systems on nine outer islands to provide a clean, affordable supply of electricity and to help trim the country’s costly imported fuel bill.
“Tonga depends on imported diesel for over 90% of its electricity needs and the high cost imposes a heavy burden on consumers,” said Paul Hattle, Energy Specialist from ADB’s Pacific Department. “Installing solar systems on distant islands will help reduce the fuel bill and give consumers access to a cleaner, more cost effective power source.”
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Although Tonga’s economy continues to be weak, there are some positive indicators, according to a market update on July 1, by the Deputy Governor of Tonga’s National Reserve Bank, Jessie Cocker, who met with senior regional officers of ANZ Bank on June 28.
Despite Tonga’s poor economic performance, there was still optimism about the progress made.
Jessie expected that the improving American economy could revive the remittances and visitor arrivals, which fell steeply last year.
via Tongan economy remains possibly positive | Matangi Tonga.