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The COVID-19 experience in the Fiji Islands: some lessons for crisis management for small island developing states of the Pacific region and beyond

Singh, Rup and Lal, Sumeet and Khan, Mohsin and Patel, Arvind and Chand, Ronal and Jain, Devendra Kumar (2021) The COVID-19 experience in the Fiji Islands: some lessons for crisis management for small island developing states of the Pacific region and beyond. New Zealand Economic Papers, TBC . pp. 1-6. ISSN 0077-9954

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Abstract

The COVID19 global pandemic has seriously disturbed Fiji, its people and the economy. Consequently, crisis management has been highly challenging in this small and vulnerable economy. Although the number of positive cases was low, the economic impact of COVID19 has been significant. In this paper, we identify several crisis management issues to better deal with the pandemic. These discussions can potentially improve Fiji’s response strategies and initiatives to safeguard public health and economic activity. Our evaluation indicates room for learning and innovation in Fiji’s health care services to ensure resilience and effective response mechanisms. The suggestions are not only useful for Fiji but also for other similar economies in the region. These suggestive strategies can work as proactive measures to combat second wave impact yet to come.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Land Management and Development
Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2021 14:25
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2021 14:25
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12535
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