Australasia & South Pacific

Monthly political risk, economic forecasts and business environment analysis on each country market

Latest Australasia & South Pacific Analysis

Economic Analysis - Outlook For Sugar Industry Remains Positive - MAY 2018

We expect Fiji's sugar industry to benefit from overseas aid from India and continued government investment in the sector. Ongoing repairs to the machinery ahead of the crushing season will also be positive for yields and raise production. With sugar being one of Fiji's key crops, this will be supportive of growth and we forecast real GDP to expand by 3.2% in 2018.


Economic Analysis - RBF To Remain On Hold Through 2018 - APR 2018

The RBF's decision to keep its Overnight Policy Rate at 0.5% during its monetary policy meeting on January 25 was in line with our expectations. With growth facing uncertainties and inflation likely to remain manageable, we maintain our forecast for the central bank to keep interest rates on hold throughout 2018 as it seeks to provide stability.