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Fiji Economy Update 2015

The Fiji Economy Update is an annual event organised by the School of Economics at the University of the South Pacific that aims to bring together the public, academics and policymakers to discuss their research and analyse on contemporary issues affecting the Fijian Economy. This effort of the School is geared towards providing crucial economic information for the public and to assist policymakers with relevant independent analysis of the economic sectors and institutions.

Theme for 2015: "Sustainable Growth and Social Inclusion"

Suva Event

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Japan - Pacific ICT Centre (USP, main campus)

8am - 5pm

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WELCOME AND OPENING

CHAIR: Professor Satya Paul (The University of the South Pacific)

Welcome and Opening Remarks - Professor Rajesh Chandra (Vic-Chancellor and President of the University of the South Pacific)

Keynote Address - Emeritus Professor Ron Duncan (Australian National University)

 

SESSION 1: ECONOMY SURVEY

CHAIR: Professor Satish Chand (The University of New South Wales)

Fiji Economy Survey: Is Fiji on Sustainable Growth Path? - Sunil Kumar (The University of the South Pacific)

Sinate Mualaulau (Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance)

 

SESSION 2: INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING, INVESTMENT AND GROWTH POLICIES

CHAIR: Mathew Doman (Australian National University)

'Policies for Economic Growth of Fiji', Satish Chand (The University of New South Wales)

'Prospects of a Melanesian Spearhead Investment Bank’, Lekima Nalaukai (The University of the South Pacific)

‘Sustainable Sea Transport: the Missing Link in Climate Change Efforts for Our Ocean Ccommunities’, Avnita K. Gounder (The University of the South Pacific), Peter Nuttall (The University of the South Pacific) and Alison Newell (The University of the South Pacific)

‘Fijian Rural Agricultural Land Use: Data Storage and Utilization to Enhance Food Security’, Chethna Ben (The University of the South Pacific)

‘Household Accounting and Digital Financial Services in Rural Fiji’, Glen Finau (The University of the South Pacific), Nacanieli Rika (The University of the South Pacific) and Jale Samuwai (The University of the South Pacific)

 

SESSION 3: GOVERNANCE AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS

CHAIR: Professor Vijay Naidu (The University of the South Pacific)

‘Comparative Analysis of Business Governance, Quality of Government Regulation and Business Confidence between Fiji and Oceania Region’, Suwastika Naidu (The University of the South Pacific)

‘Rules and Regulations for Doing Business’, Richard Naidu (Lawyer)

‘State of the Media’, Shailendra Singh (The University of the South Pacific)

‘Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Public Sector Governance in Fiji’, Neelesh Gounder (The University of the South Pacific)

 

SESSION 4: SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (PANEL DISCUSSION)

CHAIR: Claire Slatter (The University of the South Pacific)

Thomas Paul (The University of the South Pacific) – Financial Inclusion

Neil Sharma (Private Practitioner) – Health

Seraseini Betei (Ministry of Education) – Education

Kevin Barr (People’s Community Network) – Poverty and Social Exclusion

Fay Volatabu (Women Advocate) – Women and Gender Discrimination

 

CLOSING AND VOTE OF THANKS - Professor Satya Paul (The University of the South Pacific)

 



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