Archive for category: News Room (Page 31)

“Hon. ‘Isileli Pulu Appointed as Minister for Labour, Commerce and Industries” 01st September 2011

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Consequent to so

Former Minister for LCI, Hon. Lisiate ‘Aloveita ‘Akolo who is the new Minister for Police, Prisons and Fire Services commenced work today.

Hon. Pulu of Mango, Ha’apai and Ma’ufanga, Tongatapu

The Princess Regent, Her Royal Highness, Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita has accepted the recommendation from the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano to appoint Hon ‘Uliti Uata as the Minister of Health on 25th January 2011.
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Fisheries remains key to Pacific trade negotiations

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[Port Moresby, PNG – Monday 8th August 2011] The Pacific’s fish stocks remain instrumental to the region’s negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU).

The Pacific African, Caribbean and Pacific (PACP) Fisheries and Trade Ministers are meeting today in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, with the aim of considering various fisheries-related issues arising from the PACP-EU EPA negotiations. Read more

Operation of business activities without a ‘Valid Business License’ commits an Offence

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The operation of businesses without valid business licenses in the country is a serious concern to the Ministry as it not only creates unfair competition for bona fide businesses but also poses risks on the health and safety of the general public.  Therefore, the Ministry wishes to inform all business operators in the country, that all businesses trading in Tonga are required under the Business License Act 2002 to hold a valid business license. Under section 19 of the Act, any person that carries out a business activity without a valid business license commits a serious offence and is liable to be fined or imprisonment.

It is the responsibility of the business operator to ensure that it holds a valid business license, and that your business license has been renewed for the year 2011. If you find that your business is operating without a valid business license, you are requested to immediately approach the nearest office of the Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries for assistance on your business license applications. A failure to do so would subject your business to the on-going inspectorate initiatives conducted by the Ministry to identify these illegal businesses and legal prosecution.

 The Ministry take the above concerns seriously through its inspection undertakings in collaboration with related authorities in Government to ensure all businesses are in compliance with the health and safety requirements in order to safeguard the public, create a level playing field for business to compete fairly, and restore business integrity and confidence to do business in the Kingdom.  The full cooperation of the business community and the general public are requested and further wish to advise the Ministry’s Business Licence Registry is also readily available for public inspection and copies of entries shall be provided during working hours at a minimal fee.

For further information, please contact the nearest branch of the Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries.

Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries

6 June 2011.

New Petroleum Prices for Effective from Wednesday 16th March 2011

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The Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries has placed to the Competent Authority the new petroleum prices to be effective from Wednesday 16th March 2011 and therefore wish to notify the public accordingly to be fully aware of the implications and the reasons why. Read more

Consumer Protection Act (2000) and Regulations (2006) in Place to Safeguard Consumers

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In response to the increasing trend of alleged breaching of the products safety standards that apply to all goods imported, manufactured and traded in the country, the Ministry wish to notify the public of the existence of the Consumer Protection Act (2000) and the Consumer Protection Regulation (2006) to safeguard consumers from these breaches. Read more