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Wednesday, May 8th, 2019


Tonga’s debt challenge

Risk of Debt graph. Pic: ADB

Are we a victim of Chinese debt-trap diplomacy? By ILIESA TORA Suva, Fiji – May 8, 2019: 8pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga is a high debt risk country, one of only three in the Pacific to have to loans to China that comprise more than one third of its debt according to two new reports.

Rethink standards, Ministers urged

Forum Economic Ministers at the PIFS in Nasese this morning. Photo: PIFS Media

By ILIESA TORA Suva, Fiji – May 8, 2019: 3pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Forum economic ministers meeting in Suva this week have been urged to “rethink standard approaches to sustainable economic development both within our economies and as a regional collective”.

Tu’utu’uni ki he Fokotu’utu’u Ngāue Fakapa’anga


Nuku’alofa – Me 7, 2019: 12pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Na‘e tali ‘e he Poate ‘a e kau Talēkita ‘a e Pangikē Pule Fakafonua ‘o Tonga´ hili ‘enau fakataha ‘i he ‘aho 30 ‘o ‘Epeleli 2019, ke kei hokohoko atu ai pē ‘a e ngaahi tu’utu’uni ngāue fakapa’anga lolotonga´ ‘a ia ‘oku hā atu ‘i lalo´.

Tonga records mixed growth in February

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Suva, Fiji – May 8, 2019: 12.35pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga’s economy recorded mixed growth in February, according to the latest National Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Decision report released this week.

Four arrested with drugs


Nuku’alofa – May 8, 2019: 9am (Nuku’alofa Times): Four people were arrested with illicit drugs, including ice, in Longolongo here on Tongatapu last Friday.

Power battle good for region

Dr Sandra Tarte (right) speaking to journalists. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Tarte says countries should diversify By ILIESA TORA Suva, Fiji – May 7, 2019: 8pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Pacific Island countries should take advantage of the current shifts in geopolitics in the region to discuss partnerships that would help their national interests, a leading Suva based academic has stated.