KEY ISSUES Context: With successful landmark elections in September 2014, Fiji took a decisive stride toward returning to democratic government for the first time since 2006. The successful elections are expected to solidify the recent improvements in relationships with traditional development partners, improve access to concessional development finance, and boost confidence in the economy. In terms of economic policy, the comfortable Parliamentary majority for the former interim Prime Minister?s party (FijiFirst) is expected to support continued economic reform momentum. Key issues and policy recommendations: ? With the economy now growing above potential, near-term macroeconomic management needs to be carefully calibrated. The accommodative monetary policy in place since 2011 has stimulated economic activity. The Reserve Bank of Fiji should now tighten policy in order to moderate credit growth and curb excess liquidity. ? Fiscal policy has been prudent and well focused in recent years, but the expansionary 2014 budget was a major departure from these welcome trends. Reversion to the prudent trend is strongly encouraged. ? The authorities have accelerated economic reforms in recent years, for example in the sugar sector and pension schemes, but the key policy challenges remain to raise potential growth, reduce unemployment, improve financial inclusion, and increase resilience to shocks. Following the elections, continued structural reform momentum is needed to improve the business environment, address the infrastructure backlog, and raise the absorptive capacity to take full advantage of a potential increase in investments.
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|Publisher: ||INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND|
|Date published: || 2014|
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