Fiji Time: 3:27 PM on Thursday 18 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Need for political stability

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, August 16, 2014

A higher growth rate of Fiji's economy may remain elusive if political reforms do not transform into political stability.

University of the South Pacific Economics lecturer Dr Baljeet Singh said investor confidence would depend on the outcomes of September 17.

"Higher growth rate may remain elusive if the political reform do not transform into political stability for the long run," he said.

"While progress and political reform is visible the outcomes remain uncertain. Confidence will become obvious after the September election."

However, Dr Singh said post-election policies would be vital.

"The post-election policies of the government are expected to improve investor confidence which is very important.

"The elected government should come up with the important economic reform to improve the business environment."

He said land issues would have to be addressed in order to develop the agriculture sector after the election.

"The discussion of the land issues especially on land leases is very important for improved civic growth.

"It is not only important for agriculture but it is also important for the service industry and by that I mean the tourism industry.

"There's a need for constructive and long-term policies and these are some of the things that the elected government would have to come up with."

Dr Singh was speaking at the 2014 University of the South Pacific Economic Update in Lautoka yesterday.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Justice and sleep at last
  2. Court told of baby's tragic end
  3. Rugby star's emotional celebration with children
  4. Kalouniwai for top job
  5. Kolinisau: Team was fit
  6. Muslim league condemns Sydney crisis
  7. Call to clarify action
  8. Christmas gifts bring smiles
  9. Chelsea in League Cup semi-finals
  10. Back to the roots

Top Stories this Week

  1. 7s TV saga Friday (12 Dec)
  2. Under investigation Friday (12 Dec)
  3. TV pair sent home Wednesday (17 Dec)
  4. My boy, my hero Monday (15 Dec)
  5. Debate on Bill No. 28 Friday (12 Dec)
  6. She's gone but the pain stays Tuesday (16 Dec)
  7. TERROR ALERT Gunmen strike Sydney cafe Tuesday (16 Dec)
  8. Five-try Fiji forge Plate final berth Monday (15 Dec)
  9. Clan leader calls for harsher penalties Wednesday (17 Dec)
  10. 441 new positions Wednesday (17 Dec)