|Our favourite Tongan chips by Cocker Enterprises. |
Ingredients: casava, vegetable oil, salt. Yum.
In a small, remote place like Tonga, you can't avoid imports. There is just no way that a company in Tonga will be able to supply all of the population's needs of the basics like flour, eggs, oil, and meat, even with most people heavily eating locally-grown root crops. And that's not even considering the impossibility of manufacturing appliances, fixtures, electronics, and other necessities of life and business.
Even so, there are so many possibilities for goods made in Tonga:
- some that businesses have already started to develop. The beginning of June kicked off a month-long campaign run by the Ministry of Labour and Commerce entitled "Buy Tonga Made: our product, our people, our livelihood."
|My favourite newest business: the two women at Kenani Estate have just started producing beautiful skin products out of locally grown, locally pressed virgin coconut oil.|
|Another new discovery was the delicious (if slightly dubiously coloured) passion fruit juice by Fiesta. |
Which is definitely a Tongan company, dispite its name.
|Lucky 7 was a winning Youth In Business, started by the students of 'Atenisi University. They produce tuitui oil: good for the hair and skin.|
The Buy Tonga Made campaign is a lot like any buy local campaign. There's no way consumers in Tonga can buy entirely local, but when consumers start buying some local goods instead of multinational, (almost) everyone wins: it's better for Tongan businesses, better for the labour market, and better for the environment.