Tonga

PSDI is supporting reforms that address private-sector challenges and help the Tongan economy fulfill its long-term growth potential.

PSDI is working with the Government of Tonga to: 

  • Increase access to finance through the implementation of a secured transactions framework, and providing assistance to lenders to enhance the framework’s uptake;

  • Strengthen the governance and operations of Tonga’s public and private-sector retirement funds;

  • Simplify and modernize business and investment laws, and streamline business registration processes through electronic registry implementation;

  • Improve the performance of state-owned enterprises through reform, PPPs, and transparent performance information;

  • Assess public-private partnership and privatization opportunities;

  • Support strong competition and consumer protection legislation and policy development;

  • Analyse and work to remove constraints to women’s full economic participation, through Women’s Business Leadership pilot projects and incorporating a gender perspective into reform activities; and

  • Support reforms through advocacy and analytical work.

Resources and Spending

Since 2007, Tonga has received $4.7 million in PSDI assistance. 28% of this overall figure has been allocated to business law reform initiatives, which have included development of the Pacific’s first multiple-entity registry and numerous legislative reforms. A broad state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform and public-private partnerships program has also received 28% of total funding. Financing Growth initiatives have received 20% of the overall figure, including the development of a secured transactions framework and associated work to increase the provision of loans secured against movable assets. 

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On this website, $ refers to US dollars unless otherwise stated.

For detailed information on PSDI activities in Tonga, download the April 2020 PSDI Country Overview here.

Tonga at a glance

Simplified and modernized business laws

PSDI assisted the Government of Tonga in preparing the Companies (Amendment) Act, which streamlines the Companies Act 1995 and provides for an electronic registry.

80% faster business registrations

Following the implementation of an online business registry, the average time needed to register a business fell from 5 days, to just 1 day.

29% increase in new business registrations

per year, following the implementation of an electronic registry in 2014.

Secured transactions framework

PSDI supported the creation of Tonga’s secured transactions framework with the Personal Property Securities Bill in 2010, and online registry development in 2011.

9,500 securities registered

As of end-2019, more than 9,500 security interests over movable assets to be used as collateral for loans have been registered in Tonga using the PSDI-supported secured transactions framework.

South Pacific's largest solar plant

being built on Tongatapu using commercial finance through a PSDI-supported PPP.
Latest News
22 March 2019
Tonga to build South Pacific's largest solar plant under PSDI supported PPP

A PSDI-supported public-private partnership signed in Nuku’alofa yesterday will see the largest solar plant in the south Pacific built in Tonga.

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21 March 2019
South Pacific's Biggest Solar Plant to Help Tonga Meet Renewable Energy Target

NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA (21 March 2019) — The largest solar plant in the south Pacific will be built in Tonga through the country’s second commercially financed public-private partnership (PPP) after an agreement was signed in Nuku’alofa today.

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19 May 2017
Tonga Becomes First Pacific Country to Publish Detailed SOE Performance Results Online

With PSDI support, Tonga's Ministry of Public Enterprises' website has been updated to provide key information about Tonga’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs)--a first for the Pacific.

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23 April 2016
Empowering Tonga’s Next Generation of Female Business Leaders

The leadership workshops attracted participants from major Tongan businesses and government departments. The Women’s Business Leadership Program took place in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, over three, two-day sessions that aimed to provide attendees with the skills, knowledge, mentoring, and networking opportunities they require to advance their careers. All attendees selected to take part in the workshops currently work in mid-level roles in the public or private sectors. The workshops covered a range of topics,...

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1 December 2014
Tonga’s Innovative Online Business Registry Goes Live

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga launched the region’s first integrated online business registry today, providing up-to-date information on Tongan companies and businesses to the public 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. The site was launched by Mrs. Vaimoana Fakatulolo, CEO of Tonga’s Ministry of Commerce, Tourism & Labour, at a ceremony attended by representatives of the private sector and supporting development partners including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of...

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1 December 2014
Tonga’s Innovative Online Business Registry Goes Live

The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga launched the region’s first integrated online business registry today, providing up-to-date information on Tongan companies and businesses to the public 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.

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Key Publications
Government-Owned Banks: Their Role in Pacific Financial Systems
Government-Owned Banks: Their Role in Pacific Financial Syst...
This paper aims to assist policymakers in addressing questions around government ownership of banks while highlighting the need to increase private participation in most Pacific financial systems, for these systems to meet the financing needs of businesses.
PSDI 2007-2019 Activities and Results Overview
PSDI 2007-2019 Activities and Results Overview
PSDI ended its third funding phase on 31 December 2019. This brochure, designed to mark the end of that phase, highlights key activities and results during PSDI's first three phases (2007-2019).
PSDI Country Overviews April 2020
PSDI Country Overviews April 2020
What is PSDI doing in the Pacific? These factsheets provide an overview of all PSDI activities in the Pacific up to April 2020.
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2018–2019
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2018–2019
This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from July 2018 to June 2019.
Finding Balance 2019: Benchmarking the Performance of Pacific State-owned Banks
Finding Balance 2019: Benchmarking the Performance of Pacifi...
This report profiles the roles, performance, market context, and regulatory frameworks of 13 state-owned banks in 10 Pacific countries.
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2017–2018
PSDI Annual Progress Report 2017–2018
This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from June 2017 to June 2018.