Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates

June 15, 2018

Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 20)

Recently released GDP report for the first quarter of 2018 shows a stronger growth in GDP, relative to the corresponding quarter of 2017. Driven particularly by growth in the Oil sector, Real GDP grew by 1.95 percent (Year-on-Year) in 2018Q11. In terms of sectoral growth, oil sector rose remarkably to 14.77 percent, a 30.37 percent […]

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Recently released GDP report for the first quarter of 2018 shows a stronger growth in GDP, relative to the corresponding quarter of 2017. Driven particularly by growth in the Oil sector, Real GDP grew by 1.95 percent (Year-on-Year) in 2018Q11. In terms of sectoral growth, oil sector rose remarkably to 14.77 percent, a 30.37 percent increase from 2017Q1. Non-oil sector grew by 0.76 percent (Year on Year), slightly up from 0.8 percent- this marginal increase was driven mainly by Agriculture (Crop production), in addition to Manufacturing, Financial institutions and insurance, Transportation and Storage, and Information and Communication




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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 8)

The falling tide in the international value of Naira experienced a reversal in the review week with naira appreciating significantly by 11 percent from N516/$ on February 17, 2017 to N460/$ on February 24, 2017 at the parallel market the first appreciation since December 2016. The recent rise in naira value was driven by forex supply-demand gap closure, sequel to improvements in dollar liquidity. The recent CBN Special intervention (e.g. the auction and sale of $370 million and $1.5 million respectively, by the apex bank during the week) and its revised forex policy guidelinescontributed in dousing speculations in the parallel market, thus gradually narrowing the margin between the interbank and parallel market rates. Given that the sustainability of naira appreciation is strongly hinged on the improvement in foreign reserve which is largely dependent on crude oil sales, the government should continue its efforts at calming tensions in the Niger Delta region.