Tuesday, January 26, 2010

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2009 Article IV Consultation with Fiji [ref IMF Site]

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2009 Article IV Consultation with Fiji Public Information Notice (PIN) No. 10/11January 25, 2010

Public Information Notices (PINs) form part of the IMF's efforts to promote transparency of the IMF's views and analysis of economic developments and policies. With the consent of the country (or countries) concerned, PINs are issued after Executive Board discussions of Article IV consultations with member countries, of its surveillance of developments at the regional level, of post-program monitoring, and of ex post assessments of member countries with longer-term program engagements. PINs are also issued after Executive Board discussions of general policy matters, unless otherwise decided by the Executive Board in a particular case.
On January 11, 2010, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Fiji.
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Background
Growth has been sluggish in recent years because of delays in economic reforms, worsening terms of trade, and political developments that have strained Fiji’s international relations and hurt business confidence. Fiji’s economy is expected to have contracted by 2½ percent in 2009, reflecting the adverse impact of the global crisis on exports and tourism. The economy was also hit by flooding in January 2009 that damaged tourism, crops, and infrastructure. As a result of slow growth, the unemployment rate rose to 8½ percent, and would have been higher if not for an increase in emigration.


The real effective exchange rate appreciated by 10 percent between 2000 and 2008 as the terms of trade deteriorated by 15 percent because of lower export prices for sugar and higher oil prices. The current account deficit widened from 4 percent to 18 percent of GDP over the same period, and in early 2009, foreign exchange reserves fell to US$300 million, less than two months of imports. In April 2009, the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) devalued the currency by 20 percent and intensified exchange controls. Following the devaluation, weak economic activity and lower commodity prices helped contain inflation.

Tourist arrivals fell by almost 25 percent year-on-year in early 2009 because of the global crisis and January floods. However, tourism recovered mid-year, as the devaluation of the Fijian dollar against the Australian dollar made Fiji a more attractive destination.
Foreign exchange reserves doubled between April and November 2009, to reach US$593 million, almost four months of imports, explained by a pickup in remittances and an improvement in the trade balance. About half of the increase was also explained by the SDR allocation (US$93 million) and repatriation of foreign assets of the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF, a public pension fund). Despite high current account deficits in recent years, external debt is low at 13 percent of GDP in 2008, as deficits were financed mainly by foreign direct investment (FDI) in the tourism sector.

Recent developments have put considerable pressure on the budget. Tax revenue was hit by the fall in economic activity, with a shortfall of about 10 percent relative to the budget in the first 10 months of the year. Government restrained current spending, including by containing wage increases, and the fiscal deficit increased to about 3 percent of GDP in 2009 from near balance in 2008, in line with the budget. Central government debt is expected to rise to 53 percent of GDP by end 2009. Central government guarantees of public enterprise debt and contingent liabilities arising from poor performance of public enterprises amount to about 70 percent of GDP (excluding the public pension fund).

Bank liquidity has risen sharply in recent months to more than 13 percent of deposits as foreign exchange reserves have recovered. However, credit growth is likely to have contracted in real terms in 2009, as banks took a cautious approach in light of heightened political and economic uncertainties. The RBF increased the statutory reserve requirement on banks from 5 percent to 7 percent of deposits to reduce excess liquidity. It has also removed bank-by-bank credit ceilings and announced the removal of ceilings on banks’ lending rates and spreads by January 2010.
Executive Board Assessment

Executive Directors noted that Fiji’s economic performance in recent years has been negatively affected by a difficult political situation, delayed structural reforms, natural disasters, and the global crisis. Faced with increasing budget pressures, the authorities have made commendable efforts to restrain current spending and limit the overall fiscal deficit in 2009, while the devaluation of the Fijian dollar has helped reverse the sharp decline in foreign exchange reserves. The economic situation nevertheless remains challenging, and downside risks remain high. Directors therefore stressed the need for further decisive actions to restore macroeconomic stability and implement structural reforms needed to lift growth and ensure debt sustainability over the medium-term.

Directors agreed that a substantial reduction in the fiscal deficit is necessary to ensure macroeconomic stability and stabilize public debt. While acknowledging the difficult economic situation, most Directors recommended a faster pace of consolidation starting from 2010 than is currently envisaged. They considered that infrastructure rebuilding needs should be offset by expenditure measures, including civil service reform, while revenue could be strengthened by rationalizing tax incentives, improving tax administration and raising excise taxes. Directors encouraged the authorities to adhere to their earlier target of reducing central government debt to 45 percent of GDP by 2014.

Directors supported a tight monetary policy to ensure that inflation returns to low levels and to protect foreign exchange reserves. They welcomed the recent increase in the statutory reserve deposit ratio and the removal of ceilings on bank lending rates and spreads, and called for further measures as needed to absorb excess liquidity.

Directors encouraged the authorities to move toward a more flexible exchange rate. They considered that the shift to a more flexible exchange rate regime will help Fiji absorb external shocks and protect its reserve position. Directors noted that exchange rate flexibility should be accompanied by a strengthening of monetary and fiscal policies.

Directors welcomed recent improvements in bank supervision. They expressed concern about the vulnerability to adverse shocks of some smaller banks and recommended remedial action where appropriate. Directors called for fundamental reform of the FNPF. In particular, they stressed the importance of measures to put the FNPF on a sound actuarial footing, of an independent management responsible to beneficiaries, and of strengthened supervisory oversight.

Directors considered that structural reforms are crucial to ensure fiscal sustainability, address competiveness problems, lift potential growth and create jobs. They called for well-designed reforms of the civil service, of the public enterprises with a view to eventual privatization, and of the land-lease system, accompanied by price liberalization. Well-targeted measures should help address the social impact of these reforms.

Directors welcomed the authorities’ intention to work closely with the Fund on the design and implementation of their economic policies. They noted that a Fund-supported program would require continued strong commitment to macroeconomic adjustment and structural reforms to address remaining vulnerabilities, close the external financing gap, and attract donor support.
Fiji: Selected Economic and Financial Indicators: 2006-2010
Nominal GDP (2008):
US$3.6 billion

Population (2008):
843 thousand

GDP per capita (2008)
US$4,237

Quota:
SDR 70.3 million

2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

Prel.
Est.
Proj.

Real Sector (percent change)

Real GDP growth

1.9
-0.5
-0.1
-2.5
2.0
Consumer prices (average)

2.5
4.8
7.8
4.0
5.0
Consumer prices (end of period)
3.1
4.3
6.6
6.7
3.0

Central government operations (percent of GDP)

Revenue and grants

26.1
25.4
24.8
23.1
23.0
Total expenditure

29.0
27.0
25.0
26.0
26.4
Overall balance

-3.0
-1.6
-0.2
-2.9
-3.5
Total debt outstanding

53.1
49.9
51.2
52.7
53.2

Money and credit (percent change)

Broad money (M2)

19.8
10.4
-6.9
1.9
4.8
Credit to the private sector

23.7
2.8
11.2
4.0
5.0
Treasury bill rate (91-day) 1/

10.9
0.3
0.5
7.0

Commercial bank lending rate 1/
7.9
8.5
7.7
7.6


Balance of Payments (millions of U.S. dollars)

Current account balance

-582
-463
-640
-297
-493
(In percent of GDP)

-18.7
-13.6
-17.9
-9.5
-16.0
Trade balance

-897
-842
-1,108
-714
-812
Exports

729
787
944
637
673
Imports

1,626
1,629
2,052
1,351
1,485
Tourism receipts

433
434
483
368
406
Foreign direct investment

415
329
313
263
264
Overall balance

145
91
-169
219
-156

Reserves and external debt (millions of U.S. dollars)

Gross official reserves

460
551
381
600
561
(In months of retained imports)
2.9
2.7
2.5
3.9
3.5
External debt 2/

445
461
449
378
517
(In percent of GDP) 2/

14.4
13.5
12.6
12.1
16.9
Central government external debt (percent of GDP)
7.8
7.2
8.4
7.5
8.3

Exchange rate

Fiji dollars per US dollar, end of period
1.7
1.6
1.8
1.9

REER (2000=100, end period) 3/
106.9
109.9
114.4
90.2

Sources: Data provided by the Fijian authorities; and staff estimates and projections.
1/ For 2009, interest rates as of September.
2/ For 2010, it includes BOP support to fund a US$120 million financing gap.
3/ For 2009, REER as of June.
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Countdown to Delivery of the Petition from Likeminded Fijians to Frank Bainimarama

"NA VULI VINAKA DUADUA"
The countdown to the delivery of the petition from likeminded Fijians to Bainimarama has started, I probably should deliver summations of my analysis on the current state of our nation, based on events, literature, opinions/views, submissions and other related fixtures that contributed to our being caught in a cul-de-sac since 2006. In retrospect, we should cast a cautious and educated glance at where it all started, which was 1987. [insert image of Mr S.Daunitutu].

What I am posting is also a question as to whether the approach has already been contemplated or implemented.Paulo Freire, the most influential thinker about education in the 20th century, has been popular with informal educators with his emphasis on dialogue and his concern for the oppressed(physically,mentally,literally and emotionally).
His "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" is currently the most quoted educational text(especially in Latin America, Asia and Africa)

In his text, I caught a glimpse of opportunity, which in my view has not been expressed or practised to its maximum capacity to convince or reform one's thinking in regard to preventative, diagnostic or remedial steps in regard to coups and its effects.
Paulo Freire's status might have been exagerated and academics may disagree with me, and credit others like John Dewes with that honour,however there are aspects of Freire's theoretical motivations that could answer questions of " how to stop the coup culture" which all Fijians are asking and evidently begging for a solution.

I particularly like and can relate to his idea of "informal education" which I think can have considerable impact on the populace. Informed or popular education,are teaching methodology that would attract the oppressed Indeginous Fijian, because of its more comfortable and familliar setting - instead of the more formal and controlled enclosure that will restrict and bore.

The atmosphere is to be dialogical or converstional rather than curricular. That in my view is a Fijian setting.

The educators approach to the engagement must be something I would call "delicate harpoon tragectory method" meaning that we can get to the point directly with respect and humility, employing the informal way of working with each other rather than acting on another. Since 1987, I am of the view that we are guilty of what Freire termed as "banking" - too much education, the educator making too much deposit on the educatee.

With informal education - metaphor(bible) and relevent adage like"sega ni ura me damu nikua" or "dua ga na siga ni cola sele" can be freely used in the digesting and the understanding to dissolve rhetorics and propaganda that has imprisoned ones thinking. When those comfortable surroundings are established, points can be driven with persistence embedded in them but eloquently dressed with respect and humility which will in turn draw concrete and positive results.

When we take this role of an educator, we must teach with an aim to achieve the best possible results. "It is developing consciuosness, but consciousness that is understood to have power to transform reality(Taylor 1993;52)

Informal encounters is the Fijian pastime, men do it, the womenfolk thrive on it, so relieving one's stress about the current situation, be it financial, emotional, political or social, the best platform is to engage in informal and popular dialogue.
I once posted that we like to hear of anything in a "talanoa" environment as opposed to the boring "educational" or curricular presentation. You can see which takes centre stage when politics, economics, investments or the Dubai Sevens are introduced. That is because of the informality involved with the topic, and the participation of all regardless of interlect or academic achievements.

Since 1987, we have been finger pointing, predicting the past ( Brij Lal-09) and mostly banking (Paul Freire) A good point to ponder for our future leaders, that my above thoughts with related quotations could help immensely. If it has already been implemented than my apologies for bringing it up again, but I cannot help but think that one of the favourite Fijian pastimes could hold the answer to the educating of the Fijian public. Issues that are indirectly related to your subject could also be introduced and moulded into the informal engagement if not already part of the harpoon trajectorised issue.

A young boy joking with his friends would remember everything they were laughing about for a long time, but would easily forget half the things he learned in school, in fact by the time he boards the bus, most, if not all is forgotten until he next opens his books.

That is just a Kai Veikau's thinking, but if implemented correctly, it would justify the popularity of Paulo Freire's methodoligy which educators approve of and I can relate to. What do you think ?

This is the first of a few summations I will post for your consumption and analysis, I will try to look at a few areas broadly and deliberate. I will appreciate feedback and opinions.
By Suliasi Daunitutu

Monday, January 18, 2010

Remembering Haitians & A Minute of Silence!

Haitians suffer as the world moves in systematically in their swift response to help. The stories we hear in the media almost on the hour, every hour are heartbreaking and also heartwarming. Young children being saved from the rubbles after 72 hours and reunited with their mums or close relatives touches a cord in our hearts.

Aids galore pours in to Port Au Arthur, in Haiti, a once French Colony. Evidence of pouring in of Millions of dolllars by the richer nations are well covered by the media. Recovery, Relief & Rebuilding are the key words that comes through strongly. We congratulate the Super Powers & those Charitable Organisations that have been proactive in their efforts to restore some dignity to these Haitians who are left injured, without loved ones or are homeless.

Watched a CNN program titled 'Prologue in Haiti' where Fareed Zaka takes us on a journey back in time to reconnect with Haiti's early history & political landscape. In his forum he had a group of experts giving their thoughts on whats unfolding in Haiti. Interestingly, a comment by Tracy Kiddle, an author, says, some Charitable Organisation have taken over the functions of governance in Haiti. This is the worst that can happen. Another, Amy Wilentz, who is an award winning author & journalist disagreed with these comments. Whatever these experts say, the Haitians are suffering. The Nation has been torn to shreds by the recent earthquake. We can only pray and hope that the Haitian people will pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives with the expert help of the International Communites that have come to their aid in their darkest hour.
source; Luvei Viti Think Tank@myvuw
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Haitian orphans rushed to new homes abroad
January 17, 2010 8:02 p.m. EST

Haiti was home to an estimated 380,000 orphans before the earthquake. That number is expected to grow.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
U.S., Dutch officials slash red tape to expedite Haitian orphan adoptions
Six adopted Haitian children arrived in Miami tonight, met by their adoptive parents
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs charters plane to pick up about 100 kids Monday
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- Slashing red tape or ignoring ordinarily required paperwork, officials in the United States and the Netherlands have cleared the way for scores of Haitian orphans to leave their earthquake-ravaged homeland, according to officials from the two countries.
All of the children had adoptions pending with prospective parents in the two countries before Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude quake, and government officials said paperwork was expedited or put on hold to make transfers happen on an emergency basis.

300 children have pending adoption cases with American families. Six children arrived in Florida Sunday night, met by their adoptive parents with hugs and tears of happiness.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has chartered a plane to pick up about 100 children Monday, spokesman Aad Meijer told CNN.
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Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin over the weekend granted the children entry into the country, although their paperwork, including travel and adoption documents, was incomplete, Justice Ministry spokesman Patrick Mikkelsen told CNN.
About 44 of the orphans' adoptions had yet to be approved by a Haitian judge, even though they were matched to Dutch parents, Mikkelsen said. Dutch officials may seek the remaining approvals from Haiti once the children have already settled in the Netherlands, he added.

Haiti is home to about 380,000 orphans, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, and that number is expected to grow in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake. And those who lived in orphanages before Tuesday may be homeless now, as reports of destroyed orphanages have come throughout the quake zone.

Full coverage of the earthquake in Haiti
Some children who lost parents in the quake or were separated from parents are being relocated to the Dominican Republic, a child advocacy group said.
About 50 orphaned and abandoned children will arrive in the border town of Jimani on Wednesday, Kids Alive International said. The efforts, coordinated with the governments of both countries, will eventually take the children back to Haiti. Some will be reunited with parents who lost communication with their children in the quake's aftermath, the group said.
CNN's Melissa Gray and Richard Greene in London contributed to this report.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Petitions by Fiji Citizens Worldwide who are now on the Move to Restore a Free & Constitutional Democratic Government in Fiji.

DEMANDING AN ELECTION FOR THIS YEAR 2010

Posted by Suliasi Daunitutu
This is the fourth year that the Military Regime has taken over the SDL/FLP multicabinet government and in that time, have gone against the principles of democratic society, they have misinformed the people and the world and have shown their unproffesional and uneducated methods of governance that has brought shame to patriotic Fijians who have a deep feeling for their identity and a sense of belonging.
Underlying the declining economic growth,is an array of interrelating factors. Key among them are the drop in tourist numbers and investors. When these two key economic boosters are not addresed, a vicious cycle transpires, starting with the unemployment and loss of income, closing down of establishments, poor perfomance in local businesses, crime rate escalates, over worked and under paid workers...
I can continue all the way down to poverty - and I haven't left the Western side and the hotel/resort businesses. Imagine if I was to make an assumption on the repercussions of this negative economic growth right across the board, I think that no one will be happy at the end of it.

So, I am making a proposal to all those who want Fiji to have an election this year 2010. Please put your name here, where you live, and preferably a photo of yourself. This list will be attached to a letter requesting a return to the polls for our beloved country and sent directly to Bainimarama. If you think that Fiji needs Democracy and not Dictatorship, free to excercise their constitutional rights, have better health and educational systems and STOP THAT VICIOUS CYCLE please stand up and be counted.

Show Fiji you care, show them, that the democracy we are enjoying overseas should be enjoyed by them too. Sign here and I promise you it will find its way to the PM's office. After that we will let all the International Organisations and all our international friends know that we have put it to the Illegal PM - our desire and what we deserve.

Vinaka.

Comment by Duran 1 hour ago
Saimone SaluNaitahu AoteroaCakaudrove!!!!

Comment by Kasanita Kamakorewa Lindell 15 hours ago
AYE!!!

Comment by XXNisiXXX 1 day ago
HANISI INOKEROTUMAUK....thnx ppl 4 standin up to wat u believe sumtymz God can only work wen ppl can b counted on...vinaka vaka levu 4 ur courage i mayb young but i knw watz rite n wrong n dis thng in fiji in my young eyes is totally wrng

Comment by Tevita Korodrau on January 8, 2010 at 11:54pm
Tevita.KorodrauSacramento,CaliforniaNabuli Dreketi Rewa.

Comment by MTN...a.k.a red rose..lol on January 8, 2010 at 7:45pm
V.M.NaivaluruaSacramento C.AUSA...TAVUKI KADAVU.

Comment by Vilisi Nadaku on January 8, 2010 at 11:02am
Bula vinka Fiji and those of you abroad.I have just returned from the market in Suva with 3 of my children, John, Satini and Cathy. Isa I wished I could send you some of the nama, kaikoso and dalo vavi and kai ni wai dranu. You are always in my thoughts children of Fiji.Tai Suli I thank you for putting up this blog, I only hope that more people from Fiji will respond.

It could be people are still afraid to raise their voice, but we must understand that we will never progress if we will remain quite, and let bullies take over our lives. Thank you Loru, Mere, Matia Suka, Fanny, Mafi, Jay and all of you who have given your time, resources and dedicated your lives for a truly free and democratic Fiji.

My family and I fully endorses this initiative as as we saw with the latest incident with Imrana and the tourist from America, we CANNOT, WILL NOT ALLOW BULLIES AND THUGS TO CONTINUALLY DICTATE OUR LIVES!The Nadaku family of Caubati, Suva, FIji, without reservations, are demanding that this year, this IG make a commitment to have elections in 2010. Let the world know that we who call our selves children of Fiji, want a return to Parliamentary Democracy and Government of the people, by the people,

FOR THE PEOPLE!God Bless you all and may God Bless Fiji.Keitou sa loloma tu yani vei kemuni kece na wekaqu e Viti kei vuravura.Vilisi Nadaku Koroibulu,nomuni tamata ni veiqaraviMataqali NatamavakaruaYavusa NaivisereNaisausauNamaraTailevu.

Comment by YABAKIDRAU on January 7, 2010 at 1:23am
Tai Mr Voreqe..D..E..M..O..C..R..A..C..Y--------->>> is the magic word....Lupeni YabakiTailevu

Comment by Mizzka Lazzlo on January 6, 2010 at 9:12pm
Bula guys. Greetings to y'all. Happy New Year

Comment by jay on January 6, 2010 at 8:28pm
Jeremiah GasaiwaiBouma,Taveuni

Comment by Mark Manning on January 6, 2010 at 6:46pm
Mark ManningSydneyAustralia

Comment by Sosi Turagaiviu on January 6, 2010 at 11:06am
Sosi TuragaiviuSeftonAustraliaPh: 0405639584(02)97864674I am supporting the move to have early election in 2010 for I believe that the people should always be given the right to elect the government. If possible, the election should be based on the 1997 constitution and amendments needed should be done within the confine of the constitution. The 1997 constitution promotes multiparty system which guarantees the partnerships of different party of different races working together. This should be a good place to start.

Comment by Usaia Pita Waqatairewa on January 6, 2010 at 5:34am
Usaia Pita WaqatairewaSydney, NSW, AustraliaYavusa : Koronikalou Mataqali: NauluvatuVillage: Cautata, Bau, Tailevu.

Comment by sefanaia s. seviua on January 6, 2010 at 1:36am
Sefanaia Suka SeviuaMelbourne Victoria AustraliaMatokana Ono-i-lau LauVasu : Navave Vuya Bua

Comment by Sai Lealea on January 6, 2010 at 1:19am
Sai LealeaWellington, NZYacata, Cakaudrove.

Comment by inoke matia on January 6, 2010 at 12:10am
Inoke MatiaAuckland , NZ.Daviqele,Nabukelevu , Kadavu.

Comment by Joanne Campbell on January 5, 2010 at 10:29pm
Joanne CampbellCanberraAustralia

Comment by Mafile'o Ela Bale on January 5, 2010 at 9:19pm
Mafile'o Ela BaleSan FranciscoCaliforniaUSADakuiloa, Oneata, LauYavusa Tonga, Sawana, Vanua Balavu, Lau

Comment by Loruama Tawawili on January 5, 2010 at 7:22pm
Loruama TawawiliOshkosh,WisconsinUSAMatokana,Ono i lau, Lau

Comment by Fanny C on January 5, 2010 at 6:16pm
Fanny Camaitovu.San Rafael.California.USA.Nairai, Lomaiviti.BACK TO DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM FOR FIJI...POWER TO THE PEOPLE..!!!

Comment by Manasa LW KIKAU on January 5, 2010 at 3:40pm
Manasa LW KIKAUSacramentoCaliforniaUSABau,Bau Tailevu

Comment by Mere Tuisalalo Samisoni on January 5, 2010 at 3:21pm
6/1/10"Yes we can".From Elected SDL member for Lami Open Constituency with over 17,500 registered voters.

Comment by Apete Naitini on January 5, 2010 at 3:20pm
Apete NaitiniNovatoCaliforniaUSA.Phone: 415 368 6829Nabouwalu, Ono, Kadavu.

Comment by Jese Tuitubou on January 5, 2010 at 1:26pm
San Jose,(San Francisco bay area) California,USA....GIVE FIJI BACK TO HER PEOPLE....

Comment by Suliasi Daunitutu on January 5, 2010 at 9:32am
Suliasi DaunitutuCanberra. A.C.T.From: Tailevu.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year to all. Its 'Bula' to 2010 & 'Moce' to 2009 while 'Fiji Political Space' slips into oblivion.


Here s hoping you have all had a wonderful & inspiring Festive Seasons with your loved ones. Upon reflections, one can easily forget the mundane everyday worries and get absorbed into the spirit of festivities & indulgence in the last few weeks.

It is almost utopia when you think about it. We soak in & rejoice over the meaning of Christmas & welcoming 'Na Yabaki vou' with loved ones & families and friends. For those like us that believe earnestly in Divine Providence, it becomes a fulfilling Spiritual journey. We remember those of our loved in Fiji and in other parts of the world and those that have passed on.
Reality checks reminds some of us, as we cringe at the thoughts of how our families in Fiji are trying to make ends meet this Christmas. How hard do they have to work to ensure the families have abundance of food on the Christmas table? What about those families that lost their jobs prior Christmas in Fiji? How will they survive? What about those children who did not receive a gift for Christmas? These are some of the things that runs through our minds when we take time to reflect.

Indeed, New Year is here. The question on our lips, what happens to Fiji's Political Space with the current regime so dead set with their agendas? Rumour-mongers has it that, its all quiet now. Fiji people are just going about their business almost at the point of acceptance. Have they all become numbed to the fact that Fiji is ruled by a group of elite few who attain power through 'point of guns'. Will those wielding power in Fiji say 'Fijians are stupid, they will not pick up on what we are doing to Fiji'. Can they comfortably explain to the people of Fiji the relationship between army style governance, politics, and individual rationality? Are they listening to the important voices of the people, their political affliations and what really matters to them?What are they [current regime] doing about the connections on all this as well as the question with foci on culture & power?

Gauging from events after December 2006 coup-de-tat led by Voreqe Bainimarama, Fiji's regime has severely limited the powers of all political institutions in Fiji. One can comfortably say, the regime has forced specified conditions of stress, constraint and uncertainty on political institutions where the only conclusion will be a model of a 'puppet state' in Fiji. Political experts notes, Fiji current regime's basic premise will be that the emergence, continuation, or alteration of social forms can be traced back to some self interested decisions by certain individuals. One only needs to identify the causal mechanisms and causability can only be determined by moving from social to an individual level of analysis as Elster 1989 had once wrote. If this is so, why is it Fiji's regime is determined to reconfig Fiji's society?

Fiji people will have to now deal with the obvious this new year. The fact of the matter, there are no 'Political Space' for Fiji's political parties or institutions. Not for a while anyway until 2014 as stipulated when the next election will 'supposedly' take place if the dictator does not once again shift the 'goal post'. It is evident that 'Fiji's Political Spaces' has been compromised in a big way as a result of the 2006 coup-de-tat. This has indeed frustrated both Fiji citizens & international communities as the rational of a free & constitutional democracy in Fiji is non existent. Political Space has been compromised in a big way. State behaviour is determined by the elite few and there are no constraints. It is dictatorial governance at its peak for Fiji and its people for year 2010 & beyond unless there is break to the vicious coup cycle.
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This site is administered by Fiji Truth Commission Movement, a group of Fiji people worldwide that believes that we can make a Better Fiji for its people & the younger generations by unearthing the Real Authentic Truths about Fiji. Too much have happened since after the first coup in 1987 and for the last 20 years our children born on the eve of 1987 and thereafter have never really known the Free Fiji we use to know.

Fiji in our view have been inundated with twisted stories, corrupt personnals over time who wielded & abused their positions entrusted to them by the people and abused power while in high office. The outcome Fiji has slid back in its developments, the economy, loss of jobs, nepotism, militarization, abrogation for the Rule of Law & Constitution. Fiji has been in Public Emergency Regulation since the last coup of 2006 led by Voreqe Bainimarama. It has been suspended from the, Pacific Forum and the Commonwealth. Super Powers have withheld Aids to Fiji due this.

It is our intention to advocate for the people of Fiji to try and make sense of this and assist the people and the country bring itself out of the difficult situation Fiji is now in.

Our hope and vision is for a Better Fiji for its citizens and for the future generation. Do feel free to share your thoughts and contribute positively to building a Better Fiji.
FTCM Team

Bula, No'oia, Kia Ora, Warm Greetings, Namaste

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