6 Oct 2014

Politics affecting businesses in Tonga

11:15 am on 6 October 2014

The Tongan Chamber of Commerce says it is hoping to be the bridge between government and businesses in the country.

The new President of the Chamber, John Paul Chapman says the political situation in the country has limited the Chambers activities and caused some of its larger members to lose faith in its functions.

Mr Chapman who will be taking up the President's role this month says his vision is for a chamber that bridges the gap between the government and the private sector.

"Tonga is going through a politically challenging time at the moment so that has affected the way Chamber has been able to operate. I am sure that we just need more engagement from members and we really need to be that forum to of how to get members to conduct business with government and get government to see that way that business member groups are thinking at the moment."

John Paul Chapman of the Tongan Chamber of Commerce