Tonga signs deal with EU to re­vamp en­ergy law

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The EU in the rep­re­sen­ta­tive state­ment yesterday em­pha­sised the recog­ni­tion that a strong le­gal frame­work was just as im­por­tant as the tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance on the ground. So, this is recog­ni­tion of years of work of dif­fer­ent par­ties, but also Tonga’s strong commitment towards achiev­ing its en­ergy sec­tor goals Sela Bloom­field Solutions Con­sult­ing House

Tonga’s gov­ern­ment is work­ing on a new na­tional en­gergy bill af­ter sign­ing a deal with the Euro­pean Union on Fri­day.

A lawyer work­ing on the re­form says laws gov­ern­ing petroleum, elec­tric­ity and re­new­able en­ergy, will be in­te­grated into one bill.

Sela Bloom­field from the Solutions Con­sult­ing House said new pro­vi­sions reg­u­lat­ing gas will also be in­cluded.

Tonga has an En­ergy Road Map aimed at low­er­ing the King­dom’s de­pen­dence on im­ported fuel. Ms Bloom­field said yesterday’s sign­ing was a real mile­stone for Tonga.

“The EU in the rep­re­sen­ta­tive state­ment yesterday em­pha­sised the recog­ni­tion that a strong le­gal frame­work was just as im­por­tant as the tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance on the ground. So, this is recog­ni­tion of years of work of dif­fer­ent par­ties, but also Tonga’s strong commitment towards achiev­ing its en­ergy sec­tor goals,” said Sela Bloom­field. A gov­ern­ment spokesper­son said the con­tract is for around US$130,000 (FJ$270,000) and a draft of the En­ergy Bill is expected to be be­fore Cab­i­net in June next year.

Tonga’s gov­ern­ment is work­ing on a new na­tional en­gergy bill af­ter sign­ing a deal with the Euro­pean Union.

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