Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates

January 22, 2016

Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 1)

GDP growth rate
increased marginally by 2.84 percent in Q3 2015 from 2.35 percent in the preceding
quarter. Nominal GDP increased to N24.3 million from N22.9 million in the
preceding quarter. Growth in this period was attributed to the improved
performance of the non-oil sector which grew by 3.05 percent. The Sectoral disaggregation shows
that the Services and Agricultural sectors grew by 3.97 and 3.46 percent respectively,
while the Manufacturing sector shrank by 1.75 percent.

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 26)

Power sector statistics indicates a huge decline in power generated in the week under review (June 23, 2017 to June 30, 2017). Power generated, attained a peak of 4,305 MW on June 23, 2017 but fell significantly by 33.1 percent to approximately average of 3,000 MW as at June 30, 2017. The huge decline is attributable to continued poor payment and inability of most GENCOs to pay for gas supply and a system collapse. Consequently, power sector lost huge prospective funds; and daily power supply reduced to 4.5 hours per day7. Going forward, improvement in energy supply is critical to domestic production, job creation, and diversification agenda of the government.

Climate Policy And Finance

Carbon pricing has been recognized not only as the most efficient economic policy instruments to internalize the social cost of emissions, but also as a major tool to generate public revenues that can be used to offset the potential adverse distributional effects of climate policy. However, in many developing countries, there is a widespread reluctance to commit to climate policy, largely due to financial constraints, a lack of public support, and concern over its regressive effects.This paper makes recommendations towards the design of an effective carbon pricing system that not only discourages air pollution but also encourages the gradual uptake of climate-friendly technologies by the private sector in Nigerias oil and gas sector, while supporting public investment in sustainable infrastructures and projects that offset the distributional effect of the climate policy.

Analysis Of Bilateral Trade In UEMOA The Implications Of Trade Effects

The paper examines the implications of trade effects in bilateral trade drawing evidence from West African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA). It also discusses the importance of political stability to trade in ECOWAS countries.