5 Aug 2014

IMF gives mostly positive picture of Fiji economy

8:01 am on 5 August 2014

The International Monetary Fund says Fiji's progress towards elections has contributed to growing confidence in the country's economy, which is supported by increased disposable income and credit expansion.

The head of an IMF mission that visited last week, Chikahisa Sumi, says GDP growth is projected to accelerate to 3.8 percent in 2014, well above the average growth rate of the past decade.

However, he says that while good progress has been made in recent years, structural reforms need to continue for the country to achieve sustainably high growth and increase resilience to external shocks.

Mr Sumi says risks to the outlook include a complex political situation and the Australian and New Zealand tourist markets.