Fiji 2001 budget forecasts slow economic recovery

Fiji's post-coup government on Wednesday delivered its calendar 2001 budget, predicting a slow recovery in the South Pacific nation's economy which has been battered by a nationalist coup and failed military mutiny.

Interim finance minister Ratu Jone Kubuabola said tight fiscal policy would see the economy improve but it would still contract by three percent in 2001. While Fiji was beginning to see tentative signs of economic recovery in tourism and manufacturing, it would take the country man