Bloomberg: A Polynesian Paradise Sacrificed Its Economy to Stay Virus-Free
We know the knee-jerk reactions…
- The Right – That horrible government, treading on their people’s liberties, shutting down their economy like that…
- The Left – That wonderful government, making the decision for their people because their people wouldn’t have known any better, regardless of economic impact…
We’ll take no particular position on the role of government in this particular case. We simply read this article to mean – the less debt you have, and the more savings you prudently accumulated while times were good, the more flexibility you’ll have to make a choice, either way. And isn’t choice what it’s really all about?
Choice, coconut drinks, and no central bank. Sounds like paradise to me.
“With no central bank of its own, the policy options are limited. A relatively low debt-to-GDP ratio of 21% gives the country room to borrow, Brown says. The government is in talks with the Asian Development Bank and the New Zealand government to provide loans until border restrictions are relaxed and visitors can return.“
“During the recent run of good economic times, Puna’s government had the foresight to bank NZ$56.7 million in an emergency reserve fund to be used during downturns or to recover from cyclones. The funds helped pay for the stimulus measures.“
Or to just cut right to the important parts…
“no central bank of its own”
“relatively low debt-to-GDP ratio”
“foresight to bank NZ$56.7 million in an emergency reserve fund”
To be fair, we do, of course, hope all the individual business owners (including ones like the Napa family and their Kiikii Inn & Suites) in the Cook islands had also been just as prudent with their savings.
“I thought the same thing as everybody else: What are we going to do?” says Napa, 59, recalling the moment he found out there would be no more guests arriving at the motel. “I was just gearing up for busy season.”