COMING EVENTS !!!!
Tonga welcomes Hon. Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, the first technocrat
to be appointed to the Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries
Tonga welcomes Hon. Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau, the first technocrat to be appointed to the Agriculture & Food, Forests and Fisheries cabinet portfolio since the political reforms.
Port State Measures to fight illegal fishing important for Tonga and Pacific Island Countries
3rd - 6th March 2015
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFFF) is conducting a National Workshop to build capacity for Tonga to implement the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. The Workshop is being held in Nuku'alofa from 3 to 6 March 2015, and is attended by more than 30 government officials and representatives of the fisheries sector in Tonga.
Fisheries Surveillance New Equipment for Fafa Is. SMA
Fafa Island Special Management Area received some equipment this week to help with enforcement of the NO Fishing Zone around the Island
The equipment is to assist the Fafa Fisheries Rangers in protecting the Area against illegal fishing. The Binoculars, Digital Cameras and GPS will all be put to good use by the Community in this important work.
FAO Technical Assistance to Ha'apai in response to Cylcone Ian
After the Cyclone Ian hit the Ha'apai Group in early 2013, the Ministry and Agriculture & Food, Forestry and Fisheries sought the assistance of FAO in the rehabilitation of fishing activities and in strengthening the Ministry's capabilities to prepare and respond to future natural disaster. fishing communities that were affected by Cyclone Ian. Agriculture and fisheries were the predominant subsistence-level economic activities in the affected communities.
New Government Investment Incentives to
Support Private Sector & Development
The Tongan Government introduce further initiatives to support the private sector including streamlining business licence schemes and tax incentives. The Investment Incentive Bulletin was launched on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at the Ministry of Revenue Customs Conference by the Minister responsible, Hon. Siosifa Tu'utafaiva. You can access to it on the Government websites: http://www.mctl.gov.to; http://www.mic.gov.to and http://www.finance.gov.to.
The new initiatives to support investment and growth of the private sector are based on consultation with the private sector, as part of the government undertakings to foster closer partnerships with the private sector. These new investment incentives complement and extend what is already in place, and are included in Investment Incentives Bulletin. They include: