The Attorney General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum gave an overview of the 2017-2018 National Budget at a post budget forum organised by Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation in Suva this afternoon.

The A-G spoke on various incentives provided by Government, the debt level and the level spending dedicated to capital projects resulting in better infrastructure.

The business community questioned the A-G on the direction of the economy, on the source of funding for Government programmes and the policies channelled towards boosting businesses.

The A-G explained the revenue generating measures of Government and the reason of the fiscal deficits over the years where a substantial amount was dedicated to capital works.

He said in the coming financial year, the Government has “savings in excess of $750 million” and this “reduces the need to borrow”.

Furthermore, Fiji’s debt to gross domestic product ratio in comparison to deficit was quite low.

 

[Source: Fijian Government]

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