21 Sep 2010

NZ funded business centre raring to go in Tonga

3:06 pm on 21 September 2010

A new centre aimed at upskilling business people in Tonga is ready to throw open its doors after receiving nearly 300,000 US dollars in the first year of aid funding from New Zealand.

The Centre is a one-stop shop where businesses can come for advice, training or help with accessing finance for new investment.

The President of Tonga's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paula Taumoepeau, says small family enterprises will be one of the centre's main targets.

"There's lots of families - their main income is actually from handicrafts but we think with a little bit of training, maybe even some marketing training they could produce even more, run their businesses and maybe even get to the stage where they have a more formal outlook on their business."

The President of Tonga's Chamber of Commerce Paula Taumoepeau.