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
24 August 2022
Tonga solar farm online after PSDI's PPP assistance

The final tranche of a PSDI-supported solar farm in Tonga has come online—the largest project of its kind in the South Pacific.

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1 June 2022
Access to Finance, Business Registration Awareness Key for Tongan Informal Sector Assistance

A new, PSDI-supported informal business survey in Tonga will help inform government programs and business services for the country's informal sector, Economic Empowerment of Women Expert Sarah Boxall says.

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24 September 2021
Pacific women getting into more leadership positions

NUKU'ALOFA TIMES, TONGA: Tonga is amongst the pace setters according to a new report from the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative..

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10 February 2021
Tender forum held in Nuku’alofa for prospective bidders for Ports Authority of Tonga stevedoring concession contract

PSDI supported a tender forum for prospective bidders for a Ports Authority of Tonga (PAT) stevedoring contract, held at the PAT headquarters in Nuku’alofa on 8 February.

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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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