Extending MSMEs’ access to trade finance under the AfCFTA

While the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) provides opportunities for regional financial sector development, it also poses a real test for the continent’s financial system. The ability of Africa’s financial sector to perform the crucial function of facilitating economic growth and integration, at the required scale to support the capacity of small firms to […]


Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 2)

Discussions are underway between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and a range of foreign and Nigerian trading houses with the NNPC aiming to raise $1 billion oil prepayment towards the revamping of the Port Harcourt refinery.¹ The funds acquired are expected to be repaid through the delivery of refined products over a span of […]


Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 27)

On July 7, 2019, Nigeria signed the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement1 – the world’s largest free trade area deal since the formation of the World Trade Organization. The AfCFTA aims to, among other cardinal objectives, boost intra-regional trade which stands in favour of Nigeria and improve its low bilateral trade with other […]


Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 22)

The NBS National outcome report on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), suggests improvements in achieving SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) in Nigeria. Accesses to the three WASH areas is indicated to have advanced in five years, up until 2018. In 2013, 56.9% of Nigeria’s population had access to improved and safe drinking water; by […]


African Economic Conference 2018

On the occasion of the 13th African Economic Conference (AEC), African think-tanks, researchers, policy makers, public and private sector leaders as well as representatives of Regional Economic Organizations, convened to discuss “Regional and Continental Integration for Africa’s Development”. The gathering comes just nine months after African leaders signed an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade […]

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