Former Prime Minister calls on Government to ensure legality of their revenue collection.
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/08/2017
The Government should come out and consult with stakeholders about the purpose of the ongoing collection of revenue for the 2019 Pacific Games despite Tonga’s withdrawal as host.
Former Prime Minister and chairman of the Organizing Committee – OC which was proposed to organize the 2019 Sports – Lord Sevele of Vailahi says the Government’s move is unclear.
The revenue collected is from the half seniti from foreign exchange levy which is paid from the profit collected by the Banks and Money Transfer businesses.
The departure tax is collected from 66% of foreigners returning to their home country, and the rest of the travellers are local business owners and public servants.
Now that Tonga has withdrawn as host of the PG, the legalities of the ongoing collection of money for its funding remains unclear.
Lord Sevele says the businesses only support the idea because they support sports.
He says although 2019 was not specified clearly on the tax Act on the foreign exchange levy and the departure tax act, but both were put in place aimed at funding the 2019 Games and construction of sporting venues.
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