Khaiyum, revelling in his role as the newly appointed Finance Minister, has called for a special budget forum in Suva this Saturday. The invitation has gone out to businesses, the financial sector, civil society, and employee groups to the one-day forum to have an input in the formulation of policies. This will be the first test of democracy for Khaiyum. Will he be able to let all these groups have any say, or will he just lecture them? He let PS Filimone Waqabaca announce the budget will be released in the first week of November but he didn’t allow him to say what day it would be. Waqabaca had to pass on this when asked by the media.
Fijilive September 29, 2014: 2015 Budget announcement data set.