Nigeria’s Central Bank will keep policy tight, Nnanna Says

Nigeria’s central bank will keep monetary policy tight as dollar shortages persist, Deputy Governor Joseph Nnanna said before an interest-rate announcement next week. Now is not the time to ease policy, he said in an interview Thursday in the capital, Abuja. Inflation slowed for a third month in April, but at 17.2 percent remains almost […]

Africa disappoints on global emerging market expectations

Africa has disappointed the world on its expected emergence as a strong and virile market, according to economic watchers. The continent instead of riding on the birth of democracy in most of its countries and an equally working population, slipped into debts despite billions of dollar debt being forgiven her. At the turn of the […]

Rising dollar debts still a worry for Africa

*Govts advised to embrace local currency liabilities… Despite having a chunk of their dollar denominated debts written off in 2005, most African governments are still neck deep in foreign currency debts, which have been estimated to be rising to the $500 billion mark, according to Reuters. Analysts are worried that over a decade later, most […]

Global shares, dollar lick wounds as Trump rout eases

The dollar limped toward its worst week since August on Friday and world stocks headed for their first weekly fall in five, as storms surrounding Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency and Latin America’s biggest economy, Brazil, began to calm. The most eventful week of 2017 for markets started with stocks at record high but then saw […]

Markets Wrap: Stocks steady after volatile week; crude rises

Global equities showed signs of stabilizing at the end of a turbulent week in which investors confronted political crises in Washington and Brazil. Oil headed for a second weekly gain as OPEC members supported Saudi Arabian and Russian pledges to extend supply cuts. Stocks in Europe gained, paring their worst week since November. Gold resumed gains […]

Nigeria Central Bank clears 36 items for access to official forex

Nigeria’s central bank has given further clarity to 36 items that are eligible to access foreign exchange at the official window of the country’s much watched currency markets. The CBN, in a communication to authorised market dealers signed by Woritka Dauda Gotring, its director of trade and exchange, said importers were now free to source […]

MTN in fresh trouble, fined $8.5m over breach of license

Rwanda’s telecom industry regulator has fined MTN Rwanda, a division of South Africa’s MTN Group, 7 billion francs (8.5 million dollars) for running its IT services outside the country in breach of its license. The regulator said in a ruling posted on its website in Kigali that MTN Rwanda was hosting its IT services hub […]

High food prices persist despite decline in core inflation in April

Woman looks on as she displays her yam for sale at market

The food component of the consumer price index (CPI) released by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) inched up 0.86% in April. This was despite a marginal decline of 0.6% in core inflation for the period. Core inflation excludes transitory or temporary price volatility as in the case of some commodities such as food items […]

Nigerian banks see stability returning

* Target manufacturing, agriculture, infrastructure… Nigerian banks are uptick that the economy is past the worst of what most described as “the most severe downturn in 25 years”, according to Renaissance Capital’s findings from its 8th annual Pan-Africa Investors conference, which held in Lagos recently. According to the research firm, the return of stability in […]