The Ministry for Trade and Economic Development (MTED) hosted the first of six sessions on e-commerce readiness trainings for public and private sector stakeholders on Wednesday (5th May).
The first session saw discussions and presentations on “Cross-border Paperless Trading” was facilitated by MTED, with MTED’s E-commerce national coordinator Kathleen Walters alongside E-commerce Consultant Mr Sven Callebaut from Tradeworthy (Aust.) and also featured Ms Soo Hyun Kim from UNESCAP’s Trade Facilitation Division. Mr Callebaut and Ms Soo joined the session virtually via internet video conferencing.
The session was officiated with a warm and optimistic message from the Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon. Tatafu Moeaki, who was joined by the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, His Excellency Mr. Adrian Morrison in launching the program at the MTED Office, Nuku’alofa. Their inspiration was elevated by remarks from Mr Kelemete Vahe, the Chief Executive for the Ministry for Revenue and HM Customs who also shared experiences and expectations from his Ministry. Presentations were made including by Deputy Director for Trade, Ms Lorraine Kauhenga, as well as other stakeholders present.
Representatives from Ministry of Revenue and Customs, the Ports Authority, Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industries, as well as many others from the private sector including shipping agencies, importers, exporters, custom brokers etc.
E-commerce promises huge dividends through greater efficiency and savings, and increased returns, both systemically for the overall national economy but also for individual operations.