economy

Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 38)

In August 2022, the total net domestic credit was N61.2 trillion, increasing by 33 percent from 46 trillion in August 2021.2 Net domestic credit comprises credit to the government and credit to the private sector. About two-thirds of the credit went to the private sector and the remaining to the government. In August, the total credit […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 35)

Nearly one year after the launch of the eNaira project, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, at the Grand Finale of the eNaira Hackathon, announced the commencement of the second phase of the project1. In October 2021, the CBN introduced the eNaira wallet to enhance financial inclusion. As of August 2022, […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 34)

In the second quarter (Q2) of 2022, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 3.54 percent (year-on-year) in real terms, which is an improvement compared to the 3.11 percent growth recorded in the previous quarter (2022Q1).2 The aggregate real GDP stood at N17.29 trillion in the second quarter of 2022, a slight decline (-0.37%) compared to N17.35 […]

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Exchange Rate Volatility And Manufacturing Output In Ecowas Economies

This study examined the impact of exchange rate volatility on manufacturing output in the ECOWAS, using time series data spanning from 1970 to 2019. The study employed panel data analysis to examine the relationship between exchange rate volatility and manufacturing output among all the ECOWAS countries. GARCH was used to establish the existence of volatility; […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 32)

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s inflation rose to 19.64 percent in July 2022, from 18.60 recorded in June, 2022.1 This is 2.27 percentage points higher than 17.38 per-cent recorded in July 2021. The report also shows that on a month-on-month basis, the Headline inflation rate in July 2022 was 1.82 percent, […]

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Foundations For Pro-development Digital Governance Framework in Africa

Today, the increasing value of digitalisation and data to global development has received widespread attention. A great number of structural transformations have been driven by means of digital technologies. Digital technology has provided a marked boost to world economic output and created innumerable jobs. Following the recent COVID-19 disruption on the global scene, many other […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 26)

Data from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) shows that at the end of the first half of 2022 (H1 2022), Nigeria’s external reserves stood at US$39.16 billion.3 This indicates th at the external reserves grew by 1.8 percent from US$38.48 billion at the beginning of the month (June 1). At mid-year, the external reserve […]

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Towards A Data-driven Agenda among Indigenous Businesses in Africa

African indigenous businesses (AIBs) are in the nascent stages of becoming data-driven and innovative through data analytics. The data-driven agenda looks promising in industries like manufacturing (distribution), health, agriculture, and online platforms like social media, with enterprises deriving economic and symbolic value from descriptive, diagnostic, and predictive analytics. These data-driven activities tend to be often […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 22)

The value of capital importation into Nigeria in the first quarter of 2022 (Q1 2022) decreased to US$1.57 billion from US$2.19 billion recorded in the preceding quarter.1 When compared on a year-on-year basis to Q1 2021, capital importation decreased by 17.46 percent from US$1.91 billion. The largest inflow of capital importation by type was Portfolio […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 21)

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) met on the 23rd and 24th of May 2022 to deliberate on local and global economic development. At the end of the meeting, the MPC increased the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 150 basis points to 13 percent from 11.5 percent1. However, the […]

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Africa: Opportunities for a robust COVID-19 recovery grounded on SDG 16

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for the African continent in achieving peace, justice and inclusive and effective institutions, including significant negative effects on economic, social and political conditions. This policy brief presents and discusses key trends on SDG 16 on the African continent, including: an increasing concentration and strengthening of executive power; shrinking […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 20)

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that Nigeria’s economy grew in real terms by 3.11 percent in Q1 2022.1 The growth rate is 2.6 percent points higher than the 0.51 percent growth rate recorded in Q1 2021 but 0.88 percent points lower than the 3.98 percent recorded in Q42021. Although there was […]

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The Economic and Social Costs of Out of School Children in Nigeria

Out-of-school children (OOSC) has long been a global problem that affects a country in various ramifications. With 10.5 million OOSC, Nigeria is recognised to have the largest number of children not attending school in the world. The economic and social repercussions of not educating these children in Nigeria are examined in this brief. Exploratory data […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 17)

sector According to the data on credit allocation by sector released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) ‘s allocation to the agricultural sector rose to approximately N1.458 trillion in December 2021 from N1.049 trillion recorded in December 2020.1 This represents a 38.88 percent increase year-on-year. The CBN’s development financing initiatives, including the […]

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Nigeria Economic Update (Issue 16)

The International Monetary fund (IMF), in its April 2022 Economic Outlook, has revised its growth projection upward for the Nigerian economy in 2022 to 3.4 percent.1 The IMF had earlier forecasted a 2.7 percent growth for the Nigerian economy in 2022, suggesting an increase of 0.7 percent point. Also, the forecast for 2023 was revised […]

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Harnessing The Potential of Demographic Dividend In Sudan

Sudan has transitioned to the era of demographic dividend. Yet, evidence from various sources shows that adequate policies have not been put in place to enable the country to achieve this dividend. While there are indications of progress on policies geared towards achieving demographic dividend, a lot more needs to be done. Hence, after assessing […]

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