16 Sep 2015

Fiji sees raft of opportunity a year after elections

8:24 am on 16 September 2015

Fiji's Minister of Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the past year of democratic government has brought Fiji more economic opportunities and the trick now is to be clever about taking them up.

It has been a year this week since the Bainimarama regime won a landslide victory at the polls after seizing power eight years earlier in a military coup.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says Fiji is already benefiting from increased engagement and confidence from local and overseas investors.

"You have a lot of multilateral agencies coming along and wanting to offer you money but you don't want to take it all, you need to be prudent about it. You need to be clever in terms of how to stagger that expenditure."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says he hopes a development plan for Fiji will be out early next year which will help development partners and multilateral agencies know where the country is heading.