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July 24, 2021 Pandemic causes tourism investment to plummet

The pandemic has battered the global tourism industry, with investment and job creation declining significantly in 2020, according to a report published today by fDi Intelligence, in association with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). UNWTO figures outlined in the report show that international arrivals in 2020 dropped by 73% from the previous year, precipitating […]

July 23, 2021 July 2021: MPC to Hold Rates Steady to Support Economic Recovery

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is expected to hold its fourth meeting of the year on the 26th and 27th of July 2021. We expect the Committee to assess global and domestic macroeconomic and financial market developments and provide forward guidance on the timing of a change in monetary policy stance. Reopening of Economy, Base […]

July 3, 2021 Ecosystem collapse: Global GDP risks $2.7trn decline annually –WB report

The World Bank estimates that the collapse of select ecosystem services provided by nature can result in a decline in global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 2.7 trillion dollars annually by 2030. The bank, in a statement in Washington on Friday, said this was according to a newly published report, adding that Sub-Saharan Africa and […]

Economic and Market Report – Week-ended July 02, 2021

Global Economy In our recently published H2-21 Global macroeconomic outlook (see report: Navigating the Uneven Path of Recovery), we reviewed global macroeconomic activities in H1-21 and discussed our views on what we expect in the second half of the year. The global economy appears to be decoupling itself from the havoc caused by the pandemic […]

Surging Third Wave of COVID: Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Hanging in the Balance?

This week, we picked interest in a report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday (28th June 2021) titled “Sub-Saharan Africa: We Need to Act Now”, as the issue raised may significantly affect the pace of Nigeria’s economic recovery if necessary measures are not taken. According to the report, the level of increase […]

May 10, 2021 Reducing the Cost of Governance: Is the FG Ready to Right the Wrongs?

Last week, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, announced during a policy dialogue initiative organized by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) that the federal government will soon begin to merge or shut Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) with similar roles to eliminate induced wasteful expenses […]

April 2, 2021 Debt Report: Pandemic-induced Fiscal Deficit and Currency Devaluation Fuels Higher Debt Burden

The Q4:2020 debt report as recently published by the Debt Management Office (DMO) and the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reveals a 20.1% rise in Nigeria’s public debt stock to ₦32.9tn and a 23.4% increase in FG’s debt burden to ₦26.9tn as at 2020 year-end. The current debt amount implies a Debt-to-GDP ratio of 21.6% […]

March 22, 2021 Nigerian Economy and Financial Markets: A Blurry Path to Recovery

In our 2020 Outlook report, titled Nigeria in the New Decade: Nothing Ventured; Nothing Gained, we had reviewed the performance of the Nigerian economy over the last decade and highlighted critical imperatives necessary to restore the nation on the path of prosperity in the new decade. We noted that while economic performance in the last […]

Pre-MPC: A Hold Decision in View

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will hold its second set of meetings of the year on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2021. We expect the Committee to review the domestic and external macroeconomic conditions and financial markets developments since its last meeting in January and provide forward guidance on how it intends to balance […]

Nigeria’s Misery Index Worsens

Q4:2020 Labour Market Statistics: Youth Unemployment at an All-time High The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released the labour statistics for Q4:2020 and we summarise the highlights. Interestingly, the NBS was able to conduct the survey through face-to-face interviews following the lifting of restrictions imposed by the pandemic compared with the Computer Assisted Telephone Interview […]

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