What The U.S Poll Could Mean For Fiji

TARTE: Biden good for climate change. KISHORE: Trump good for economy
04 Nov 2020 09:38
What The U.S Poll Could Mean For Fiji

The world will watch for the results of the U.S election. Who wins the election will determine the policies – both domestic and international.

What does the American election mean for a country like Fiji?

What will Democrat Joe Biden as a President mean? What will U.S President and Republican Donald Trump as a President for another term, mean?

Academic Sandra Tarte explains that a Biden presidency will be good news on the climate change front for Fiji and the Pacific.

“A Biden presidency would be more likely to reach out to allies and other partners to promote a collaborative response to the COVID-19 crisis and to be more supportive of multilateral institutions such as the World Health Organisation and World Trade Organisation,” Ms Tarte said.

She also said the big change would be in the United State’s approach to climate change.

“A Biden presidency would lead to stronger domestic policies to address climate change and support for the Paris Agreement. This would obviously be good news for the Pacific especially Fiji,” Dr Tarte said.

Dr Tarte is an academic and political commentator from Fiji.

She is also the Head of School and Director, Politics and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific.

Meanwhile, economist Rohit Kishore believes that Donald Trump will be the best leader to allow the Fijian economy and trade to grow.

Mr Kishore is the Dean of the College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies at the Fiji National University. He said Mr Trump had a strong economic policy which would help Fiji.

“Both the parties will benefit our country, but the factor to consider currently is, ‘what do we need.’

Joe Biden is a socialist and will be the best leader to help our country in climate change. But what we need now is a leader who can maintain America’s economy which will impact Fiji, and the best leader will be Donald Trump,” he said.

He also said that Mr Trump’s win would enable the economy to grow which would greatly benefit Fiji and neighbours Australia and New Zealand.

“We cannot sacrifice economic growth. Life does matter, but we need to fight this pandemic and continue to push our strong economy policy and survive economically and try getting vaccination as soon as possible and fix the health issue worldwide.”

The U.S Presidential Election is today.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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