High level visits puts Fiji in good position: Academic
November 23, 2014 4:01 am
A leading regional academic says the recent high level state visits to Fiji puts the country in a good political and economical position.
Political commentator and academic Dr Sandra Tarte says strengthening ties with the two world powers, namely India and China means Fiji can now look realistically at its future development
“I think Fiji is in a good position to use aid as a way of obviously meeting immediate needs but also building more sustainability in the future, it’s in a position where although aid is important, its not something that Fiji will necessarily rely on to a greater extent in the future and the key is economic growth, the key obviously raising the living standards and it’ll take careful policy planning and budgeting by our government and careful and strategic use of development assistance."
Tarte adds that while Fiji’s profile will be raised on the global political front, it augurs well for its regional influence as a recognizable power in the region.