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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.