Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates

July 30, 2018

Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 25)

The recent report on Nigeria’s Public Debt Stock for the first quarter of 2018 indicates a 4.5 percent Quarter-over-Quarter increase, from N21.7 trillion in Q4 2017 to N22.7 trillion1, and a Year-on-Year increase of 18.5 percent from N19.2 trillion2. The ratio of domestic debt to external debt is put at 70:30, a reduction in domestic […]

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The recent report on Nigeria’s Public Debt Stock for the first quarter of 2018 indicates a 4.5 percent Quarter-over-Quarter increase, from N21.7 trillion in Q4 2017 to N22.7 trillion1, and a Year-on-Year increase of 18.5 percent from N19.2 trillion2. The ratio of domestic debt to external debt is put at 70:30, a reduction in domestic debt from the previous share of 73 percent, and an increase of external debt share from 27 percent – a reflection of the need for caution in external borrowings




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