Fijian economy to grow at slightly slower pace
9 May, 2018, 6:30 am
THE Fijian economy, on the domestic front, is envisaged to grow for the ninth consecutive year but at a slightly slower pace due to the recent spate of natural disasters.
The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) highlighted this in its Economic Review for the month ended April 2018 released last week.
The central bank also noted that the recent natural disasters experienced earlier this year were expected to raise prices of agricultural market items such as vegetables and root crops.
But the price increase is anticipated to generally subside within the year when supply normalises.
Given the devastation in Kadavu, another commodity that is expected to become costly in the coming months is kava.
This is because of the affect in major kava supply from the island which will potentially raise kava prices in the coming months.
Cyclone-led supply shortages in agricultural commodities and price pressures following the recent natural disasters could also have an effect on the country’s inflation rate which currently stands at 2.6 per cent as of March.
Inflation edged up slightly in March from 2.3 per cent in February, but remained lower than the 5.6 per cent registered a year ago.
The high inflation was due to higher annual price movements in the alcoholic beverages, tobacco & narcotics; housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels; transport; restaurants & hotels and food & non-alcoholic beverages categories.