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Global Investors Still Interested in Nigeria – Ernst & Young

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A Partner and Emerging Markets and Global Deputy Leader, Ernst & Young, Mr. Rohan Malik, has said international investors are interested in investing in Nigeria as the country presents huge opportunities.

According to Punch, Malik identified the financial services sector as one of the five sectors that hold massive opportunities for Nigeria amid the sustained drop in global oil prices.

Other sectors, according to him, are telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate and agriculture.

Malik, who visited Nigeria last week, said, “I think the international community is looking at Nigeria with great expectations from the new regime. When I talked to international investors, they see Nigeria as a beacon of hope because of the vast demographic dividend you have got with the young population. I feel the government should take this opportunity with the low oil price to say, ‘What could this low oil price actually give to us?’”

He said investors would be interested in investing in any part of the world where they can get investment opportunities with the right optimum level of risks and returns.

He said, “Today Nigeria has to compete for investments with the likes of India, China, the Middle East, South America, the so-called higher growth markets.

“The global investors are still looking at deals. I was talking to some of the investors recently and they said, ‘We have got more money than bankable projects today.’ In other words, money is not the problem. So I think Nigeria is to compete in a much harsher climate today with other economies and they are looking at Nigeria vis-a-vis India, China and others.”

He explained, “The sector where I believe there is an advantage which Nigeria has got, but it comes down to how you formalise and shape these, are financial services. Thinking about banking the unbanked, people who don’t have bank accounts today are huge. It is a huge opportunity to get them on.

“Telecommunications. If you look at the opportunities which technology is giving today to governments around the world and for citizens, there is a huge amount of opportunities right now.”

He noted that the biggest area could be agriculture, saying, “If you think about the volume of people in Nigeria who are involved in agriculture – over 50 per cent – how can you ignore the biggest sector of all? And agriculture can lead to things like food processing.

“So financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate and agriculture will give you great dividends,” Malik said.

He described the decline in oil prices as an opportunity for economies who depend on oil as a major source of revenue to make change happen.

“So, I feel this is a golden opportunity for the government to actually shape policies that will deliver impact to the vast majority of the population in Nigeria.”

The EY partner, who stressed the need for the government to encourage entrepreneurship in the country, said government bureaucracies, regulations and lack of policy implementation were some of the challenges facing entrepreneurs.

He said, “Access to funding remain an issue, not because there is no funding; it is because there are not enough bankable projects. Many entrepreneurs don’t know what it will take to fund a business. They underestimate very often the actual amount of investment required.

“The second one is access to markets. Many entrepreneurs don’t understand how they can access the markets beyond the local context; how they can be national and international. For me, that is a common challenge that I find right now that an entrepreneur or a small business remains local.

“I think this is a huge challenge that government think that their job is done when they produce policies. That is the first step on the journey. How can you go from policy to outcomes is the challenge, and entrepreneurs suffer from that.”

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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British International Investment to Invest $1B in Nigerian Banks, Telecoms, and Other Key Sectors in the Economy

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The British International Investment (BII), the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution (DFI), is investing $1 billion in Nigerian banks, infrastructure and power in the next five years.

The BII’s investment strategy was announced yesterday by the Chief Executive Officer, British International Investment, Nick O’Donohoe, at a briefing in Lagos.

He said the BII has invested $100 million in FirstBank; $75 million in Stanbic IBTC; $15 million in CardinalStone Capital Advisors and a $162.5 million syndicated loan package in Access Bank.

Azura Power also got $30 million in debt finance to support the construction of the 461 mega wats Azura-Edo power plant.

He said investments reflect BII’s focus on mobilising capital to build self-sufficiency and market resilience in Nigeria and improve access to inclusive economic opportunities while helping to catalyse Nigeria’s boundless entrepreneurial ambition.

O’Donohoe said: “Investing in the prosperity of Nigeria’s growing population requires innovative new partnerships that can leverage the country’s abundant capabilities and expertise.’’

He said investments in key segments of the economy are evaluated based on sustainability, inclusion and productivity.

“I am delighted that not only will BII’s investment help to create jobs and provide entrepreneurial self-starters with the means to own their vehicles,” he said.

British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing CB, said: “It’s a pleasure to be in Lagos to mark the launch of British International Investment. BII forms an important part of UK’s package of tools and expertise to help Nigeria build their pipeline for investment and scale up infrastructure investment, in particular, to achieve clean, green growth.”

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Investment Opportunities on the Rise as Nigeria Steps up Efforts to Strengthen Health Sector

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A new focus report, produced by Oxford Business Group (OBG), highlights the opportunities for investors to contribute to the development of Nigeria’s health sector by bridging funding shortfalls for planned infrastructure projects and supporting other segments with high growth potential.

 

Titled “Nigeria Health”, the report provides in-depth analysis of both the health sector and pharmaceutical industry in an easy-to-navigate and accessible format that includes key data and infographics. It also includes an interview with Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, and contains in-depth case studies and viewpoints from key industry players, such as Fidson, Codix, GSK, Merck and Bayer.

The report explores the key role that public-private partnerships (PPPs) are expected to play in bringing a range of health care projects to fruition and helping Nigeria to achieve its ambitious goals for the sector, which include increasing the number of hospital beds to nearer the global average bed-to-population ratio of 2.7 per 1000 people.

It also considers the potential Nigeria has to boost local production capacity for consumable items, such as syringes, bandages and dressings, needles and catheters, and, in turn, reduce its import bill.

The opportunities emerging in medical technology are another focus. In this section, OBG provides in-depth coverage of the digital solutions disrupting health provision worldwide, which include extending care to underserved areas and facilitating remote diagnosis and treatments.

The report shines a spotlight on Nigeria’s pharmaceutical industry, tracking the growth stories of key companies with a presence in the country and featuring contributions from high-profile industry representatives.

With Nigeria’s reliance on China and India for pharmaceuticals evident at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, OBG considers the scope for increasing local production capacity. It also notes the part that Nigeria’s Five Plus Five-Year Validity policy is expected to play in increasing partnerships between multinational pharmaceutical firms and local manufacturers.

In addition, the report examines the topical issue of counterfeit drugs, looking in detail at Nigeria’s efforts to address this and related challenges through monitoring and enforcement solutions.

Karine Loehman, OBG’s Managing Director for Africa, said that while Nigeria’s health sector continues to feel the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and other, pre-existing challenges, the government had made notable progress in meeting key health indicators in recent years, while a successful PPP model bodes well for investors eyeing opportunities in infrastructure and other segments showing potential.

“Nigeria’s expanding population and underlying fundamentals make it an attractive proposition for the international investment community,” Loehman said. “With the pandemic having created new opportunities for expansion and innovation, and public funds limited, our report points to a health sector ripe for development, offering opportunities that range from capital projects to the provision of high-quality medical services at new and existing facilities.”

The report on Nigeria’s health sector forms part of a series of tailored studies that OBG is currently producing, which includes ESG Intelligence and Future Readiness reports, and other highly relevant, go-to research tools, such as country-specific Growth and Recovery Outlook articles and interviews.

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Lagos Remains Top Destination for Investment Despite Drop in Capital Importation

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Despite an overall 28.09 percent decrease in Capital Investment in Nigeria, Lagos State remains the number one destination for investments in Nigeria in the first quarter (Q1), 2022. 

In the quarter under review, capital investment into Lagos state stood at $1,119.44m, representing 71.16 percent of total capital investment into the country in Q1 2022.

According to the report obtained by Investors King from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the total value of capital importation into Nigeria in Q1 2022 stood at $1,573.14m from $2,187.63m in the preceding quarter, showing a decrease of 28.09 percent. 

On a yearly basis, the capital importation decreased by 17.46 percent from $1,905.89m.  

The report showed that the most significant amount of capital importation by type was received through Portfolio Investment, which accounted for 60.87 percent ($957.58m). 

This was followed by Other Investment with 29.28 percent (US$460.59m), and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) accounted for 9.85 percent ($154.97m) of total capital imported in Q1 2022. 

Breaking down the number into sectors, capital importation into banking was the highest at $818.84 million in the first quarter, amounting to 52.05 percent of total capital imported. 

Capital imported into the production sector came second at US$223.67 million (14.22 percent). The finance sector followed with $199.37m (12.67 percent).

Capital importation by country of origin shows that the United Kingdom ranked top as the source of capital imported into Nigeria in Q1 of 2022 with a value of $1.021.21m, accounting for 64.92 percent. 

This was followed by the Republic of South Africa and the United States of America, valued at $117.50m (7.47 percent) and $82.07m (5.22 percent), respectively.

In terms of Destination of Investment, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, comes second after Lagos with a value of $446.81m, representing 28.40 percent. 

Standard Chartered Bank of Nigeria imported the most fund at $543.20m (34.53 percent) while Citi Bank Nigeria Limited with $439.03m  (27.91 percent) and Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc came third with $251.52 (15.99 percent). 

 

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