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Vital issues of our economy discussed

Vital issues of our economy discussed
Graduate Dr Kelesi Whippy with the staff from USP after the graduation on September 20,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.
August 13
16:56 2014

Participants from different sectors of the country converged for the Fiji Economy Update at the Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.

The Fiji Economy Update is an annual event organised by the University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Economics, which brings together research output on various aspects of the Fijian economy to try and assist policy-makers in decision making.

USP vice chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra, said the update provides an opportunity to bring together the public, researchers and policy makers to discuss vital issues of our economy.

“The update brings together the public, researchers and policy makers to discuss research, analyse contemporary issues relating to the Fijian economy,” he said.

“And also to interact with policy makers with the intent of shaping those policies and influencing the implementation of those policies.”

On the theme of the workshop, ‘Inclusive growth in development strategies’, Professor Chandra said it emphasised the importance of being able to grow.

“It points to the need to ensure that the strategy of economic growth is felt, is mindful of being shared widely,” he said.

“It is based on the need to provide equity of opportunities so that every member of our society feels empowered and able to take advantage of those opportunities.”

On that note, Professor Chandra, said Fiji has taken significant steps to promote inclusive growth and development.

“This is through massive investments in infrastructure, bold funding for education which is at the heart of development, commitment to create a knowledge-based society in Fiji,” he said.

“The world today is an interconnected knowledge intensive competitive place and companies and countries that are making progress today are those that have high degree of research in development and higher education.”



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