THE parliamentary session 2014 was officially closed by His Royal Highness Prince Ata, Lord Nuku and Lord Ve’ehala during the soft closing of Parliament today.

His Royal Highness Prince Ata delivered a speech from the throne on behalf of his Majesty King Tupou VI.

In addressing MPs, Prince Ata thanks the Hon. Members of Parliament for their hard work and labour during the year in discussing legislations for the development of Tonga.

He says it is evident that natural disasters and economic crisis have impacted Tonga’s economy but the partnership between Parliament and Government have managed to stabilizing our financial and economic situations as well as achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

HRH Prince Ata also highlights the importance of maintaining such good performance while at the same time seeking new incentives to generate revenue to boost people’s lives and the business sector.

He also notes the importance of creating local industries to further develop the tourism sector and also to provide jobs for the people especially young people.

HRH also acknowledges the ongoing support of donor countries in rebuilding Tonga’s economic and social sectors.

Prince Ata concludes the address from the throne by wishing MPs the best of luck in the upcoming general election and for their future endeavours.

The closing of Parliament today is to allow time for potential candidates to run in the November general election.

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