The Fijian Government presented the 2021/2022 national budget tonight with a net deficit of $1.6 billion, with projected revenue of $2.08 billion, and a total expenditure of $3.69 billion.
Presenting the budget, Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said it seeks to achieve three objectives including protecting Fijians from the virus via the provision of vaccines and strict adherence to COVID-safe protocols, sustainably support individuals and businesses, and strengthen resilience to unforeseen events including pandemics and impacts of climate change.
In opening his presentation, Sayed-Khaiyum echoed calls to reach vaccination targets, at least fully vaccinate 80% of the target population by 31 October this year. The vaccination target population stands at 586,651 and 80% of that, 469,320.
As of 14 July, 377,090 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 73,127 have received their second doses.