Fiji budget debate: Rabuka flags possible mini budget

PM Rabuka addresses the parliament, July 10, 2023 (Photo: Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka/Facebook)

Fiji’s Prime Minister said his government may deliver a mini-budget six months from now in order to ensure close monitoring of the 2023–2024 Budget.

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka told parliament yesterday: “This is to ensure better realignment in the preparation for the change in the financial year to the normal calendar year.”

He said this will also enable flexibility: “We…continue to be mindful of the challenges associated with the geopolitical environment, the risks associated with climate change, and other headwinds, we must always be conservative in our approach, and put in place necessary measures and implement appropriate adaptation and mitigation actions to ensure our resilience. I’m confident that in the next few days of intense debate and discussions, this August house will finally endorse this budget.”

Prime Minister Rabuka said the budget has allocated an additional FJ$1.4 million to the climate change division, and that the budget is a reflection of the government’s commitment to safeguarding Fiji’s natural environment and “ecosystem integrity through an integrated experience approach to equilibrium between sustainable development and economic prosperity”.