USP Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra at the official book launch with Dr. Subhash Appana, Professor Malcolm Abbott and the Japanese Ambassador to Fiji His Excellency Mr. Masahiro Omura.
The University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) facilitated the book launch of Dr. Subhash Appana and Professor Malcolm Abbott titled Race, Military Coups and Economic Reforms Fiji: 1987 to 2006 on the 24 October at the Pacific Fusion Restaurant at USP Laucala Campus.
The book was launched by the USP Vice-Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra and was attended by dignitaries including the Japanese Ambassador to Fiji His Excellency Mr Masahiro Omura.
Professor Chandra while delivering his opening remarks said the book provided critical insights into economic reforms undertaken to unlock the wealth of Fiji’s public institutions and the complex relationships between economic reform, social, cultural and political factors, and the actions of powerful individuals.
“I am told that it is the first book to critically evaluate the bureaucracy, public administration and New Public Management as models for managing the public sector of Fiji,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
“The book covers the theoretical framework for reforms that all scholars and practitioners of management in the public sector reform process need to have a thorough knowledge of in order to implement reforms.”
He further commented that the publication serves as a very useful baseline for appropriate stakeholders and interested parties in understanding the difficulties experienced in the process of establishing effective, efficient and transparent reforms in the context of Fiji’s multicultural, multi-dimensional and highly politicized unstable settings.
An elated Dr. Subhash Appana said “a lot of effort and hard work has gone in publishing this book – especially in terms of collating data, information and conducting research.
This book gives insights on the reforms that have occurred in Fiji from 1987 to 2006. One of the fundamental argument of the book is that in Fiji itself, these economic reforms were mainly linked to the corresponding political upheavals, and were at least partly motivated by the various governments’ attempt to further consolidate their positions of power.”
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