Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fiji falsifies World Bank survey result


Parliament House in Fiji. The Ministry of Information has made false statements about its ranking on a World Bank business survey. [ABC]
Parliament House in Fiji.
The Ministry of Information has made false statements about its ranking on a World Bank business survey.


Fiji's ministry of information has been caught out falsifying the results of a World Bank survey that ranks countries on their level of friendliness to businesses.

Rather than being ranked amongst the best, as the military regime claims, Fiji actually slipped back five places this year to 77, Australia Network's Pacific correspondent, Sean Dorney, revealed.

Mr Dorney discovered Fiji's Ministry of Information website boasting of its country's ranking as "amongst the world's most entrepreneurial countries".

But the World Bank website ranks Tonga as the highest of the Pacific countries at 58, followed by Samoa, then Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

"It's obviously putting the best possible spin on," Mr Dorney said of the Ministry's statement.

"But what is disturbing is that something like this just gets reported on in the Fiji media, which is very heavily censored, of course, and the word of the Fiji Ministry of Information is taken as the truth. Whereas, in fact, it's not."
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