THE focus on eliminating corruption and cronyism with the values passed by the Constitution have put Fiji in a position to rise to its full potential, says Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate.
Speaking at the Fiji Institute of Bankers convention in Suva on Saturday, Mr Usamate said Fiji had the potential to attain the levels it had in the past and even higher.
"We have a lot of potential and there is optimism in the air," he said.
"With the minimum wage my ministry is looking at putting in place, our consultant Dr Mahendra Reddy noted there was so much potential for Fiji's growth.
"He highlighted the fact that while Fiji was doing relatively well compared to other Pacific Island countries in terms of GDP per capita, Tonga is the only one with a bigger GDP per capita because of higher remittances.
"We are lower than the Indian Ocean countries of Mauritius and Maldives.
"Mauritius is reliant on sugar and garments while Maldives is heavily reliant on tourism. They are small island nations like us and many years ago, we were ahead of these countries economically."
Mr Usamate said the country was besotted by the global financial crisis in 2008, and the devastating floods of 2009.
"But these past two years we have seen economic growth and this year the forecast is for a growth of 3.2 per cent.
"The forecast for the next two years is also positive. There is a general sense of optimism and confidence as we surge towards 2014."