This Selected Issues paper focuses on the insolvency of the National Bank of Fiji (NBF). As of June 1995, an estimated two-thirds of its loan portfolio was judged to be nonperforming (7½ percent of GDP), with slim chances of recovery, leaving the bank with a negative net worth estimated at F$170 million. The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) raised concerns about the NBF’s lending practices as early as 1991, but it lacked the power to enforce a solution. The problems continued to grow until the NBF’s liquidity position finally became untenable in 1994.
In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with government officials, is published at the option of the member country.
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Growth has been strong in recent years and some moderation is expected, with risks skewed to the downside. High fishing revenues improved the fiscal position, but generated pressure to increase spending. There has been progress on fiscal and structural reforms. Yet, public spending needs are large, driven by an infrastructure gap and climate adaptation costs, and the country remains at high risk of debt distress.