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Local economists capable of realistic outlook

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, August 16, 2014

PEOPLE should not give too much credence to international financial monitors such as Moodys or the International Monetary Fund and their optimistic outlook on Fiji's economic growth, says the People's Democratic Party.

"These are the very same institutions that gave good ratings to banks in the United States that subsequently collapsed in 2008 and brought financial ruin across the world," said party leader Felix Anthony.

"They gave good ratings to financial institutions that made families homeless and people jobless, so I don't think we should put too much faith in these organisations.

"So I don't understand why the current government is forcing us to give credence to organisations like these when they don't have a good track record."

Mr Anthony said there were qualified local economists and specialists that were more than capable of delivering what he termed "a more realistic picture" of the local economy.

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