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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

30th Heilala Festival kicks off

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14 July 2010

The Heilala Festival runs from Wednesday July 14 till Saturday 24 July, 2010.

Note: The orientation program which was scheduled for today (13th July) has been postponed to Wednesday, 14th July. The overseas contestants were scheduled to arrive in the country today but due to the flights' timetable being changed the contestants will arrive in the country tonight. (See program details below)

About 30th Heilala Festival

The Heilala Festival is a national event which blends ancient traditions and timeless culture with modern entertainment and recreational activities. The Heilala Festival symbolises the Kingdom of Tonga's great pride in its cultural heritage and is the perfect time to witness the splendor and grace of Tonga's traditional dances; share in the Tongan people's amazing gift for song and harmony; marvel at the handiwork of local artisans, and enjoy watching or participating in different sporting events.

Key Events

This year's festival theme ‘Celebrating our Heritage' will feature events to attract visitors from abroad and promote our unique cultures. Heilala Festival events include: a Cultural Evening, the Miss Tau'olunga Jr & Pre-teen competition, all girls tau'olunga and mako (all boys dance).

Bill Fish Bar and Restaurant is the kind sponsor for the Orientation Program for the Miss Heilala Contestants. They will also be hosting a welcoming Cocktail at the Billfish Bar and Restaurant on Wednesday evening commencing at 7pm.

Renowned Tongan Band in New Zealand, ‘Three Houses Down' will be performing at the Block Party on Friday 16 July.

A Choral Evening will be held on Sunday 18 July and other activities that has been organised to celebrate this festive season throughout the month of July.

The Heilala Festival will finish off with a Float Parade on the 24th July 2010.

Miss Heilala Pageant

A highlight of the 30th Heilala Festival will be the Miss Heilala Pageant, when young ladies from abroad join our local young ladies to compete for the coveted title of Miss Heilala 2010.

According to the Heilala Organising Committee there are now nine contestants registered for the Heilala Pageant with one from Australia, three from New Zealand, three from the US and two local girls. The nine contestants are:

1. Miss Tonga Visitors Bureau - Mele'ana Taulahi
2. Miss Loumaile Lodge - Mafi Tu'inukuafe
3. Miss Lady Maria Tonga Australia - Abel Tauheluhelu
4. Miss Tonga Tourism USA - Nyoka Lavulo
5. Miss Black Pearl Suites - Saloloma Takitaki
6. Miss Stake & Rock - Unaloto Kaihau Holani
7. Miss Tonga New Zealand - Kafo'atu Tulimaiau
8. Miss Gano Excel NZ Ltd - Fualusa Feki
9. Miss Lelei Finance NZ - Adeline Latu


Pacific Blue is a proud sponsor of the 30th Heilala Festival.

The Heilala Festival would also not have been made possible without the support of the local businesses, banks, tourism operators, Government departments and community groups both locally and from abroad.


In 2010, the Heilala Festival is jointly organised by the Tonga Tourist Association (TTA) and the Tonga Visitors Bureau (Ministry of Tourism).

The Festival is named after Tonga's national flower, the Heilala, which is the highest in the hierarchy of the Tongan flowers. The Heilala plant has both male and female variety, but only the female variety flowers. The Heilala plant is very difficult to propagate and has to be closely nurtured to survive. Just like the Heilala plant, the young ladies competing for the Miss Heilala title are closely scrutinised to ensure only the most suitable ambassador is selected for the Kingdom of Tonga.

20th & 22nd July

pm TCC KAVA IDOL: Hahake District

Venue:  tbc

Tuesday 20th July

7:00 pm Cultural Evening (Miss Heilala Tau'olunga Junior, Miss Tau'olunga Pre-Teen, Mr Tulafale/

Mako, Tau'olunga Tokolahi, Faiva Tuifio (Group Mix))

Venue:    Heilala Village, Downtown Nuku'alofa

Wednesday 21st July

8:00 pm Miss Heilala Tau'olunga, 2nd Judging Event

Venue: Heilala Village, Downtown Nuku'alofa

Thursday 22nd July


Miss Heilala Sarong, Talent, Contemporary Island Creation (Final Judging Events)

Venue:    Heilala Village, Downtown Nuku'alofa

Friday 23rd July

8:00 pm HEILALA 30th Anniversy GRAND BALL

Special entertainment by the Former Miss Heilala Queens


Venue: TBC

Saturday 24th

11:00 am Heilala Festival 2010 Float Parade

Venue:    Teufaiva Outdoor Stadium - Taufa'ahau Road - Vuna Road - Domestic Wharf, Ma'ufanga

27th - 30th July    KAVA KUO HEKA ( Tongan Dancing Competion and Cultural Exhibits)

Venue:  Fa'onelua Convention Centre

Thursday 27 & 29th

pm TCC KAVA IDOL: Nuku'alofa District

Venue:  tbc

Friday 30th

7:00pm                  FILI TONU TIKA ATU CONCERT

Venue: Queen Salote Memorial Hall



10TH July- 24TH JULY, 2010

( Other events for July are also included)

Celebrating Our Heritage

29th June - 31st July TCC KAVA IDOL (Kalapu Kava Tonga Singing Competition organized by Tonga

Communications Coorporation)

Wednesday 14th July

11:00 am               Heilala Festival Pageant 2010 Orientation

Venue:  Janful International Dateline Hotel

7:00 pm                 Pageant  Contestants Reception

Venue: Billfish Bar & Restaurant

Friday 16th July

6:00 pm                 Heilala Festival Block Party

Taufa'ahau Road, Downtown Nuku'alofa

Saturday 17th July

6:00 pm                 Tonga's Got Talent

Venue: Heilala Village, Downtown Nuku'alofa

Sunday 18th July

10:00 am               Church Service, FWC Centenary Church (Miss Heilala Contestants)

6:00 pm                 Heilala Festival Choral evening with Western Union/Fexco Tonga Ltd.

Venue: Pangai Lahi

Monday 19th July

10:00 am               Miss Heilala Pre-Pageant Interview, 1st Judging Event

Venue: Tonga National Cultural Centre

8:00 pm Heilala Festival Opening Reception

Venue: TBC

More info

For further information, please contact Ministry of Tourism office Telephone: (676) 25 334.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010

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