11 Sep 2008

Tongasat pays outstanding debts to Tonga Government

7:39 pm on 11 September 2008

The Tonga Prime Minister Dr Feleti Sevele has told Parliament that the country's satellite communication provider Tongasat, which is part owned by the King's sister, Princess Pilolevu Tuita, has cleared outstanding debts to the state.

Dr Sevele did not say how much was owed but says it was nowhere near the 50 million pa'anga that had been suggested earlier.

He told Parliament that Tongasat had always assured the Government that it would honour its commitments but had needed time to do so.

Dr Sevele also says that Tongasat and the Government have ended a lengthy exclusivity arrangement.