Macroeconomic Report & Economic Updates

March 11, 2018

Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 9)

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Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), maintained positive growth rate two quarters after emergence from recession in 2017Q2, thus consolidating the recovery process. Specifically, real GDP grew by 1.92 percent in 2017Q4, a slight increase from the 1.40 percent in the previous quarter and a huge recovery compared to the contraction (-1.73 percent) during the corresponding quarter in 2016. Notably, the 2017 fiscal year recorded an annual real GDP growth rate of 0.83 percent, significantly increasing Year-on-Year by 2.41 percentage points.

 




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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 23)

Recently released report by the NBS shows an increase in Unemployment and Underemployment rates for 2016Q4 relative to preceding and corresponding quarters. The unemployment rate, at 14.2 percent, indicates a 3.8% points YoY4increase, and a 0.3% points QoQ increase with the number of unemployed people increasing by 351,051 persons. Similarly, underemployment rate grew (QoQ) by 1.3% points to 21%, representing about 17 million underemployed persons as at the quarter. The rise in unemployment/underemployment rate is attributable to the disproportionate rise in labour force vis--vis job creation, in addition to slow-down in economic/business activities during the quarter. Going forward, the government should make efforts to strengthen and expand Nigerias entrepreneurial infrastructure.

Institutions And Sustainable Industrial-led Development In Sub-Saharan Africa

In 2015, economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) slowed to 3.4 percent from 4.6 percent the previous year. The economic slowdown in the region was the result of an interplay of several external and domestic factors such as lower commodity prices, slowdown in the economies of major trading partners, tightening borrowing conditions, political instability and conflict, electricity shortages and other infrastructure deficiencies (World Bank, 2016). This sluggish growth trends is in contrast to the impressive growth recorded in the region, over the past decade.