16 Dec 2008

Fiji economy won't suffer in short term over UN ban, says academic

8:48 pm on 16 December 2008

A Fiji academic says the Fiji economy will suffer as a result of the United Nations decision to ban its soldiers from involvement in any new peacekeeping operations.

For many years hundreds of Fiji troops have been used as UN peacekeepers around the world and their earnings have been an important element of the country's economy.

Professor of Development Studies at the University of the South Pacific, Dr Vijay Naidu, says the Fiji economy could suffer quite quickly if the military isn't needed from this point on.

"In the short-term you know if the existing commitments haven't been phased out than it won't have (a) major impact but if the existing missions reduce than it would have dire consequences both for the military and for the Fijian economy."