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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

Tonga’s National Day Shanghai 2010

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03 August, 2010.

Tonga's Commissioner General and Director of Tourism, Sakopo Lolohea is travelling with a team consisting of 20 cultural performers and singers to perform at the Shanghai World Expo on August 2, Tonga's National Day.

The dance troupe is excited to share our culture and share this with an audience of millions. We are especially honoured that HRH Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita will be the Guest of Honour for our National Day. It is a great opportunity in every aspect,' says Commissioner General Sakopo Lolohea.

The 20 strong dance troupe comprises of performers selected after a national audition. A dress rehearsal was held on 26 July at the Loumaile Lodge.

‘I am really proud to represent Tonga at such an event. This will be my first time touring but we have practiced for months and are ready for this world stage,' said 19 year old Sione Kula who was selected from the Ma'ufanga Tokaikolo Youth Group.

The dance troupe under the supervision of Tonga Visitors Bureau's Mr. Cotton Siale and Niulala Helu of ‘Atenisi Foundation of Performing Arts, will dance at the Pacific Pavilion which houses the 14 Pacific Island countries' booths and at other venues at the World Expo.

‘I am truly humbled to be the national representative of our tau'olunga. It is an honour to share our national dances with the rest of the world and I feel a great responsibility to promote Tonga as best as we can,' said the 2010 Miss Tau'olunga, Mele'ana Taulahi who is a member of this dance troupe.

The group departed on 27 July. Whilst in transit in Nadi, they performed a few items to the delight of guests at the Gateway Raffles Hotel.

The World Expo 2010 Shanghai China's theme is "Better City, Better Life" and runs from 1 May to 31 October. It expects to welcome over 70 million visitors.

For more information contact:
Monalisa V. Palu
Official Media Representative (Tonga) Shanghai World Expo 2010
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