Sequel to a visit by a high level government delegation, led by Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state, to Hong Kong on investment mission, the Lee Group, a well-diversified conglomerate entity, which operates from a number of African countries and Asia and specialises in the production of steel, footwear and plastic goods is leveraging on the offers made by the Bauchi State Goverment to invest in the state given the investment potentials that exist in the state.
The conglomerate, which has over 35 years in running successful businesses and plans to expand by diversifying into agro-based products and solid minerals in the northeastern Nigeria, especially Bauchi State gave the conglomerate’s willingness to invest in Bauchi state after the Governor’s visit to them in Hong Kong.
The Chairman of Lee Group, speaking through the Director, Mr Lee Mang Loog tuesday stated that the conglomerate wishes to invest in mining solid minerals especially Kaolin, Clay, Quartz, Natural Gas, Iron ore, Hydrocarbon all of which abound in commercial quantity in Bauchi state.
The Group also indicated interest in setting up of factories in Bauchi State for the manufacturing and production of Truck Tyres, Rubber slippers, Ceramic tiles, other ceramic products and Bakery that can generate hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs to the youth in the state.
According to a ress statement signed by the Press Secretary to the state Governor and made available to THISDAY in Bauchi, the governor urged the Group to look into other agro-based investment opportunities such as in the production of Sesame seeds, Soy beans, Poultry and Fishery.
The delegation that centered on deriving foreign direct investment into Agricultural, Mining and Tourism sectors comprised of the commissioner works, housing and land development, Abubakar Tatari Ali, member state house of assembly, director general, Bauchi state investment promotion agency, Muhammad Aminu Musa Kamisu Idi and special adviser/sole administrator, Yankari Game Reserve Engineer Habu Mamman Muhammad.
Others are MD, Bauchi state solid minerals development agency, Muhammad Tahir Isa, GM, Bauchi state agricultural supply company, Kabiru Adamu Sade and members of the business community.
The Governor also led the delegation to key institutions and organiations as well as the famous World Food Expo exhibition with a view to creating a platform for institutional recognition of economic potentials of Bauchi state, one of which was the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, a statutory and nonprofit body established to promote international marketing of Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers by organizing trade fairs, business missions and international conferences to connect companies with opportunities in Asia and beyond.
The Governor, in company of the Nigerian Consulate General and his team, Mr. William Chui, Director, International & Mainland Relations and his team, made a sector-based presentation on economic and investment opportunities in Bauchi state ranging from agriculture to solid minerals, tourism as well as Infrastructure.
He also showcased the numerous incentives, reforms on land acquisition law as well as Public Private Partnership policy, all in an effort to ease ways of doing business and sustainable support to investment climate in the State.
At the Hong Kong Tourism Development Company which invited Bauchi state government to take advantage of its trade mission, Foodexpo and its portal to showcase its enormous potentials especially in solid minerals and agriculture, the Governor requested the Hong Kong investors to take advantage of the Bauchi state investment promotion agency being a “One-Stop-Shop on investment processes and establishment for any existing and potential investor”.
The Hong Kong Tourism Development Company pledged to network within it members on the investment opportunities in agriculture and solid mineral in support of the Bauchi state investment drive.
The governor attended the famous World Food Expo exhibition on the invitation of the Hong Kong Tourism Development Company where he invited the Company to attend proposed “Bauchi State Investment Summit” slated for early next year.
He also attended the Africa Chamber of Commerce, a private and non-profit-making organization which remains dedicated to serving members by providing an effective platform for enhancement of trade and investment by moderating between investors and relevant authorities, promoting seminars and trade exhibitions in Africa and Asia, advising on investment and projects, as well as business matching and pitching.
He also showcased the numerous incentives, reforms on land acquisition law as well as PPP policy, all in an effort to ease ways of doing business and sustainable support to investment climate in the core areas of economic and investment opportunities in Bauchi state, especially ranging from agriculture to solid minerals, tourism as well as Infrastructure.
The chairman, Africa Chambers of Commerce, Mr. Mark Chan, who has an investment in Nigeria eco-friendly agrochemicals promised to open up the potentials that exist in Bauchi state to other investors in Hong Kong and mainland China in the area of both agricultural and solid minerals.
Governor Abubakar also had a meeting with a visiting Professor to a number of Universities Dr. Marafa who is a Director Postgraduate Programme in sustainable Tourism in Chinese University of Hong Kong during which discussions dwelt on the tourism sector and key investment needs were detailed out, centering on eco-tourism, Public Private Partnership in operation and management as well as Development of infrastructure in Sumu and Yankari game reserves.
The University don promised to engage the tourism industry captains in Asia and beyond on the investment opportunities in the sector while promising to invite the BASG to Malaysia Tourism Summit coming up next year which he said would be another window of opportunity for Bauchi State Government to showcase its potentials in the tourism sector as well as investment needs
MTN Nigeria Joins FG Delegation at the 2021 Edition of UNIIS to Woo investors!
MTN Nigeria is participating at this year’s edition of the US-Nigerian Investment Summit scheduled to hold on the 17th and 18th of September, 2021 in New York City. The participation is in furtherance of the company’s commitment to partner with the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, to attract investors and investment to Nigeria.
Themed “Nigeria: The Future of Global Business”, the event builds on the success of the 2018 maiden edition. The Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Olutokun Toriola as well as Chief Financial officer, MTN Nigeria, Modupe Kadiri will be in attendance at the summit. Toriola will be speaking at the summit, highlighting opportunities in Nigeria with MTN Nigeria’s success story as a reference.
“We are passionate about the development of our economy. This can be seen in our unrelenting efforts in working with Government and institutions in different sectors to advance economic growth in our nation. We believe in the many opportunities Nigeria avails investors, and our 20 year journey is a testament to the promise the country holds,” said Toriola.
The US-Nigeria Investment Summit plays a vital role in attracting and facilitating business investment and job creation by raising awareness about a range of opportunities, and enabling vital direct connections between investors and the Nigeria economy. The investment summit features senior government officials, C-Suite business executives, and other thought leaders.
MTN Nigeria continues to advance its Good Together philosophy through strategic interventions, working with the people and government of Nigeria. Recently, the company announced a series of activities as part of its milestone anniversary celebration including participating in the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Programme (RITC) for an opportunity to reconstruct the Enugu – Onitsha expressway in South-Eastern Nigeria, building a world-class campus in Nigeria and selling down up to 14% of its equity to Nigerians.
SEC In plans To Embrace Crypto Investment, Set Up Fintech Unit For Regulations
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has set up a fintech division to study crypto investments and products in order to come up with regulations, the Director-General of the commission, Lamido Yuguda said on Thursday.
“We are looking at this market closely to see how we can bring out regulations that will help investors protect their investment in blockchain,” Yuguda was reported to have said by Reuters in a virtual interview in Abuja.
He did not provide a time frame for issuing regulations but said the SEC will step in with regulations once crypto is allowed within the Nigerian banking system.
The SEC has sought to regulate crypto on the grounds that they qualify as securities transactions.
Nigeria is one of the biggest markets for crypto trading, but in February the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) banned banks from transacting or facilitating deals in cryptocurrencies.
The use of bitcoin, the original and biggest cryptocurrency, has boomed in Nigeria in recent years, driven by payments from small businesses and a weakening naira currency, which makes it difficult to get the U.S. dollars needed to import goods or services.
Yuguda said the commission has been in talks with the CBN, part of which led to the plan by the regulatory bank to launch the country’s digital currency, e-naira.
The commission is seeking to work with fintech firms to boost the marketing of domestic securities to prevent capital flight.
The central bank this month blocked the accounts of six firms for allegedly sourcing funds from illegal foreign exchange operators to buy foreign securities and cryptocurrencies.
He said the SEC is looking to boost savings through investment schemes, which currently have over N4 trillion under management split between public and private fund managers.
Yuguda said the regulator has asked private managers to put in place custody arrangements to protect investors.
In 4 Years 92 Percent Of Investment Opportunities Lost in Nigeria
Within the period of 2017 and 2020, Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria has lost over 92 percent of investment available to the country. The loss in investment sums up about $188.29 billion.
According to the report of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) on “Investment announcements versus FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) Inflow in Nigeria, 2017 – 2020” the discrepancies between the FDI announcement and actual FDI inflow were revealed. The commission stated that the actual inflow of FDI into Nigeria was 7.65 percent of the total FDI announcements.
This is an affirmation that the FDI announced by the commission did not materialize or translate to actual investment inflow.
In the period 2017 to 2020, the NIPC FDI announcement stood at $203,89 billion, however, the actual FDI within the same period was $15.6 billion and unmaterialized FDI announced was $188.29 billion.
In 2017, statistics obtained from NIPC revealed a total of $66.35 billion FDI announcement but only $3.5 FDI inflow was recorded. For 2018, 2019 and 2020, $90.89 billion, $29.91 billion and $16.74 billion FDI were announced in each year respectively. However 2018 FDI inflow was $6.4 billion, 2019 inflow was $3.3 billion and 2020 FDI inflow was $2.4 billion.
With this report, the commission asserted that its report was based solely on Investment announcements which may not contain exhaustive information on all investment announcements in the country within the said period.
According to NIPC, the gaps between announcements and actual investments demonstrate investments potentials that were not fully actualised.
The Commission stated: “A more proactive all-of-government approach to investor support, across federal and state governments, is required to convert more announcements to actual investments.”
Reacting to the situation, Director General, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni, noted that the gap may not be unconnected to the economic recession and COVID-19 pandemic events within the period, aggravated by policy instability.
Olukanni stated: “Numerous studies have established that Foreign Direct Investment is dependent on the market size of the host country, deregulation, level of political stability, investment incentives, openness to international trade, economic policy coherence, exchange rate depreciation, availability of skilled labour, the endowment of natural resources and inflation.
“You will agree with me that the four years spanning 2017 and 2020 are characterized by the struggle to exit from economic recession, a period of slight recovery, the COVID-19 pandemic, and another period of recession. These circumstances may or may not be responsible for the political and economic reaction that can be witnessed in the uncertainty in the foreign exchange market, increased inflation, increased unemployment, increased political unrest and insecurity and so on.
“What can be established is that Foreign Direct Investment is averse to risk and uncertainty, especially the kind of uncertainty brought about by policy instability and economic policy. An obvious example is the closure of the land borders in 2019, while justifiable through the lens of national security is certain to have a negative impact on Foreign Direct Investment which has a long-term planning horizon.
“In summary, to seek to increase actual FDI is to promote the factors that have been shown, empirically, to positively impact FDI. While the Nigerian economy checks the boxes of most of these factors, economic policy coherence, foreign exchange market stability and insecurity are issues that are currently the bane of FDI inflows.”
Also commenting, an economist and private sector advocate, Dr. Muda Yusuf, who is also the immediate past Director-General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce of Industry (LCCI), said the development reflects the low level of investors’ confidence occasioned by structural problems of infrastructure and worsening security situation.
His words: “It is investors’ confidence that drives investment, whether domestic or foreign. Investors are generally very cautious and painstaking in taking decisions with respect to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). This is because FDIs are often long-term and invariably riskier, especially in volatile economic and business environments. Uncertainties aggravate investment risk.
“Investors in the real sector space are grappling with structural problems, especially around infrastructure. There are also worries around liquidity in the forex market; there are concerns about the accelerated weakening of the currency. There are issues of heightened regulatory and policy risks in many sectors.
“Investors’ confidence has also been adversely affected by the worsening security situation in the country. Meanwhile, the economy is still struggling to recover from the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the likely factors impacting investment decisions.
“Our ability to attract FDI will depend on how well we position ourselves. The critical question will be around expected returns on investment. Overall, it is the investment climate quality that will make the difference. We need to ensure an acceleration of necessary reforms to make Nigeria a much better investment destination. We need policy reforms, regulatory reforms and institutional reforms, among others.
“We should accelerate the ongoing foreign exchange reforms; we need to undertake trade policy reforms to liberalise trade in sectors of weak comparative advantage; we need regulatory reforms to make regulations more investment-friendly. We need to create new opportunities in the public-private partnership (PPP) space, especially in infrastructure. We need to see more privatization of public enterprises.
“It is important as well to quickly fix the ravaging insecurity in the country. All of these are crucial to boost investors’ confidence.”
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