Pacific island countries cannot rely on external demand


External demand "is unlikely to be a major source of growth" for island countries in the Pacific, as it will remained subdued "through the medium term", according to Scott Roger, a project co-ordinator at the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre – a branch of the IMF.

As such, "impetus for stronger growth within the Pacific region will need to come from within", Roger told an audience at the Reserve Bank of Fiji.

One of the main challenges Roger notes is that island countries are "much

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