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In order to address the challenges associated with electronic payment system in the country, financial and technology experts will speak at the Point of Sales (PoS) Innovation Summit, being organised by one of the Central Bank of Nigeria licensed Payment Terminal Service Provider (PTSP), Global Accelerex Limited.

The maiden innovation summit, which is billed to hold in Lagos on the 29th September, is an intervention to address the gaps noticeable in the expectations of stakeholders and the reality of the PoS business sector of the Nigerian payments system.

Speaking on the summit, the Managing Director of Global Accelerex, Mr. Tunde Ogungbade, pointed out that the motive behind the summit, was the need for stakeholders to jointly address issues mitigating the achievement of optimum performance and results in the PoS business in Nigeria.

According to him, the effective and full-scale introduction of PoS terminal as a recognised channel of transaction in Nigeria, occurred with the introduction of the cashless policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2012 and prior to this time, transactions via the PoS occurred in trickles.

“The introduction of the cashless policy gave rise to a lot of interest in the PoS business with resultant investment by various stakeholders such as banks, terminal suppliers, Payment Terminal Service Providers (PTSPs), Payment Terminal Application Developers (PTADs), Payment Card manufacturers, among others.

“A review of the performance of the PoS sector revealed a very wide margin between stakeholder expectations and realities in terms of performance, adoption and of course Return on Investment (RoI) in spite of the potentials and the opportunities available in the industry, where PoS penetration is still low as there is need for more devices with innovative retail offerings,” Ogungbade said.

He stated further that the summit, which would be held on a quarterly basis is an intervention designed as a platform to address the noticeable gaps in the PoS business in Nigeria as well as to promote the adoption and usage of innovative PoS solutions in order to achieve the objectives of attaining sustainable growth in the sector.

Each edition of the summit will focus on a wide array of issues such as innovation, security of transactions, financial inclusion, fulfilment of customer expectations, business sustainability and profitability and other critical topics.

Notable leaders of thought and industry experts invited as resource persons at the summit include: Deputy Director, Banking and Payments System, CBN, Mr. Musa Jimoh; Chairman, Association of Mobile Money Operators, Mr. Sarafadeen Fasasi; the Managing Director, Artee Industries Limited (SPAR), Mr. Prakash Keswani; Managing Director, Global Accelerex, Mr. Tunde Ogungbade, and Dr. Doyin Salami of Lagos Business School, among others.

Participants at the summit will include representatives of all major stakeholders from banks, terminal manufacturers, merchants, system aggregators and regulators among others.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Crude Oil Pulled Back Despite Joe Biden Stimulus

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Crude Oil Pulled Back Despite Joe Biden Stimulus

Crude oil pulled back on Friday despite the $1.9 trillion stimulus package announced by U.S President-elect, Joe Biden.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigeria’s oil is priced, pulled back from $57.38 per barrel on Wednesday to $55.52 per barrel on Friday in spite of the huge stimulus package announced on Thursday.

On Thursday, OPEC, in its latest outlook for the year, said uncertainties remain high in 2021 with the number of COVID-19 new cases on the rise.

OPEC said, “Uncertainties remain high going forward with the main downside risks being issues related to COVID-19 containment measures and the impact of the pandemic on consumer behavior.”

“These will also include how many countries are adapting lockdown measures, and for how long. At the same time, quicker vaccination plans and a recovery in consumer confidence provide some upside optimism.”

Governments across Europe have announced tighter and longer coronavirus lockdowns, with vaccinations not expected to have a significant impact for the next few months.

The complex remains in pause mode, a development that should not be surprising given the magnitude of the oil price gains that have been developing for some 2-1/2 months,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, said.

Still, OPEC left its crude oil projections unchanged for the year. The oil cartel expected global oil demand to increase by 5.9 million barrels per day year on year to an average of 95.9 million per day in 2020.

But also OPEC expects a recent rally and stimulus to boost U.S. Shale crude oil production in the year, a projection Investors King experts expect to hurt OPEC strategy in 2021.

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OPEC Says Uncertainties Remain High in 2021

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OPEC Says Uncertainties Remain High in 2021

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Thursday said global uncertainties remained high going forward in 2021 but kept its oil demand forecast unchanged.

In the cartel’s latest oil outlook for 2021, oil demand is expected to increase by 5.9 million barrels per day year on year to 95.9 million barrels per day. The prediction was unchanged from December’s assessment.

However, OPEC and allies, said: “Uncertainties remain high going forward with the main downside risks being issues related to COVID-19 containment measures and the impact of the pandemic on consumer behavior.”

“These will also include how many countries are adapting lockdown measures, and for how long. At the same time, quicker vaccination plans and a recovery in consumer confidence provide some upside optimism.

Crude oil rose to $57 per barrel this week after incoming US President Joe Biden announced it would inject $1.9 trillion stimulus into the world’s largest economy.

But the recent rally in the commodity and stimulus announcement is expected to boost US crude oil output and disrupt OPEC+ production cuts strategy for the year.

The 2021 supply outlook is now slightly more optimistic for U.S. shale with oil prices increasing, and output is expected to recover more in the second half of 2021,” OPEC said.

Still, OPEC, in its forecast “assumes a healthy recovery in economic activities including industrial production, an improving labour market and higher vehicle sales than in 2020.”

“Accordingly, oil demand is anticipated to rise steadily this year supported primarily by transportation and industrial fuels,” the group said.

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Brent Crude Oil Rose to $56.25 Per Barrel

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Brent Crude Oil Rose to $56.25 Per Barrel

Oil price surged following the declaration of Joe Biden as the President-elect of the United States of America last week after Trump’s mob invaded Capitol to disrupt a joint Senate session.

Also, the large drop in US crude inventories helped support crude oil price to over 11 months despite the second wave of COVID-19 crushing the world from Asia to Europe to America.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian Crude oil is priced, rose to $56.25 per barrel on Friday before pulling back to $55.422 per barrel on Monday during the London trading session.

Experts attributed the pullback to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Asia with about 11 million people already locked down in Hebei province in China.

Covid hot spots flaring again in Asia, with 11 million people (in) lockdowns in China Hebei province… along with a touch of FED policy uncertainty has triggered some profit taking out of the gates this morning,” Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at Axi, said in a note on Monday.

China, the world’s largest importer of crude oil, has joined the United Kingdom and others declaring full or partial lockdown to curb the second wave of COVID-19.

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