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President Tinubu Unveils Ambitious Roadmap to Catapult Nigeria’s Economy to $1 Trillion

President Bola Tinubu has unveiled an ambitious roadmap aimed at propelling Nigeria’s economy to an unprecedented milestone of $1 trillion.

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President Bola Tinubu has unveiled an ambitious roadmap aimed at propelling Nigeria’s economy to an unprecedented milestone of $1 trillion.

The comprehensive plan, announced by the Policy Advisory Council, outlines a series of strategic initiatives designed to drive sustainable economic growth and address key challenges hindering Nigeria’s progress.

With a resolute determination to transform the nation’s economic landscape, President Tinubu acknowledged the enormity of the task at hand during the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC). Addressing the state governors, he emphasized that the responsibility of growing the economy falls upon all who campaigned, danced, and begged for this job.

The Policy Advisory Council, consisting of experts from various sectors, including banking, finance, and politics, has identified a consistent average annual GDP growth rate of seven percent as a vital target for Nigeria’s economic transformation. The roadmap encompasses a comprehensive approach that spans fiscal policy, monetary policies, the capital market, and the industry and trade sectors.

Under the fiscal policy reforms, the government aims to tackle issues such as oil theft and pipeline vandalism while significantly boosting oil and gas production. The plan includes rationalizing selected government assets, restructuring and automating revenue-generating agencies for more efficient tax collection, and optimizing operating expenditure to reduce costs and leakages. Additionally, the policy outlines the impending elimination of the PMS subsidy, which has already come into effect since President Tinubu’s inauguration.

In terms of monetary policies, the roadmap focuses on transitioning towards a transparent and unified foreign exchange rate system. It also aims to resolve the cash shortage situation that impacted the economy in early 2023 due to the naira redesign under the previous administration.

The establishment of a coordinating body for fiscal and monetary policies, along with reforms in the operating model of the Central Bank of Nigeria, will foster stability and facilitate economic growth. The policy also sets ambitious targets for exchange rates, interest rates, and inflation rates.

The capital market plays a crucial role in the roadmap, with the government planning to issue long-term, high-yielding debt securities, such as special purpose bonds. These funds will be allocated to dedicated projects in key sectors like agriculture and industry. Furthermore, the government aims to encourage increased participation of pension funds and insurance companies in the capital market, which will enhance liquidity and drive sustainable economic development.

Recognizing the significance of a business-friendly environment, the roadmap emphasizes regulatory reforms to attract investments and boost the manufacturing sector’s contribution to GDP. Nigeria aspires to become Africa’s most efficient trading nation, increasing the share of non-oil exports in GDP. The goal is to position the country as the top investment destination among the MINT economies, which include Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey. These reforms will pave the way for job creation, inclusive growth, and a thriving economy.

President Tinubu’s economic vision extends beyond achieving a $1 trillion economy. The Policy Advisory Council has set ambitious targets to uplift the lives of Nigerians. The roadmap aims to lift 100 million people out of poverty, generate over 50 million jobs, and deliver sustained inclusive growth. The government is also committed to reducing the unemployment rate from 33 percent to 17 percent within eight years and creating 7.2 million jobs by 2030.

As Nigeria embarks on this transformative journey, the world eagerly awaits the realization of President Tinubu’s ambitious roadmap. With a comprehensive plan in place and a resolute determination to succeed, Nigeria is poised to unlock its immense potential, attract global investments, and emerge as a thriving economic powerhouse in the coming years.

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Nigeria’s Growth Forecast Lowered to 3% for 2025, Higher than Most Emerging Markets

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected a 3% growth rate for Nigeria in 2025, slightly down from the 3.1% forecasted for 2024.

Despite this slight decline, Nigeria’s projected growth remains higher than that of many emerging markets as detailed in the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released on Tuesday.

In comparison, South Africa’s economy is expected to grow by 1.2% in 2025, up from 0.9% this year. Brazil’s growth is projected at 2.4% from 2.1% in 2024, and Mexico’s growth forecast stands at 1.6% for 2025, down from 2.2% in 2024.

However, India is anticipated to see a robust growth of 6.5% in 2025, although this is slightly lower than the 7% forecast for 2024.

The IMF’s projections come as Nigeria undertakes significant monetary reforms. The Central Bank of Nigeria has been working on clearing the foreign exchange backlog, and the federal government recently removed petrol subsidies.

These reforms aim to stabilize the economy, but the country continues to grapple with high inflation and increasing poverty levels, which pose challenges to sustained economic growth.

Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole is expected to see an improvement in growth, with projections of 4.1% in 2025, up from 3.7% in 2024. This regional outlook indicates a modest recovery as economies adjust to global economic conditions.

The IMF report underscores the need for cautious monetary policy. It recommends that central banks in emerging markets avoid easing their monetary stances too early to manage inflation risks and sustain economic growth.

In cases where inflation risks have materialized, central banks are advised to remain open to further tightening of monetary policy.

“Central banks should refrain from easing too early and should be prepared for further tightening if necessary,” the report stated. “Where inflation data encouragingly signal a durable return to price stability, monetary policy easing should proceed gradually to allow for necessary fiscal consolidation.”

The IMF also highlighted the importance of avoiding fiscal slippages, noting that fiscal policies may need to be significantly tighter than previously anticipated in some countries to ensure economic stability.

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Nigeria’s Inflation Rises to 34.19% in June Amid Rising Costs

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Nigeria’s headline inflation rate surged to 34.19% in June 2024, a significant increase from the 33.95% recorded in May.

This rise highlights the continuing pressures on the nation’s economy as the cost of living continues to climb.

On a year-on-year basis, the June 2024 inflation rate was 11.40 percentage points higher than the 22.79% recorded in June 2023.

This substantial increase shows the persistent challenges faced by consumers and businesses alike in coping with escalating prices.

The month-on-month inflation rate for June 2024 was 2.31%, slightly up from 2.14% in May 2024. This indicates that the pace at which prices are rising continues to accelerate, compounding the economic strain on households and enterprises.

A closer examination of the divisional contributions to the inflation index reveals that food and non-alcoholic beverages were the primary drivers, contributing 17.71% to the year-on-year increase.

Housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels followed, adding 5.72% to the inflationary pressures.

Other significant contributors included clothing and footwear (2.62%), transport (2.23%), and furnishings, household equipment, and maintenance (1.72%).

Sectors such as education, health, and miscellaneous goods and services also played notable roles, contributing 1.35%, 1.03%, and 0.57% respectively.

The rural and urban inflation rates also exhibited marked increases. Urban inflation reached 36.55% in June 2024, a rise of 12.23 percentage points from the 24.33% recorded in June 2023.

On a month-on-month basis, urban inflation was 2.46% in June, slightly higher than the 2.35% in May 2024. The twelve-month average for urban inflation stood at 32.08%, up 9.70 percentage points from June 2023’s 22.38%.

Rural inflation was similarly impacted, with a year-on-year rate of 32.09% in June 2024, an increase of 10.71 percentage points from June 2023’s 21.37%.

The month-on-month rural inflation rate rose to 2.17% in June, up from 1.94% in May 2024. The twelve-month average for rural inflation reached 28.15%, compared to 20.76% in June 2023.

The rising inflation rates pose significant challenges for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as it grapples with balancing monetary policy to rein in inflation while supporting economic growth.

The ongoing pressures from high food prices and energy costs necessitate urgent policy interventions to stabilize the economy and protect the purchasing power of Nigerians.

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Inflation to Climb Again in June, but at a Reduced Pace, Predicts Meristem

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As Nigeria awaits the release of the National Bureau of Statistics’ report on June 2024 inflation, economic analysts project that while inflation will continue its upward trajectory, the pace of increase will moderate.

This comes after inflation rose to a 28-year high of 33.95% in May, up from 33.69% in April.

Meristem, a leading financial services company, has forecasted that June’s headline inflation will rise to 34.01%, a slight increase from May’s figure.

The firm attributes this persistent inflationary pressure to ongoing structural challenges in agriculture, high transportation costs, and the continuous depreciation of the naira.

Experts have highlighted several factors contributing to the inflationary trend. Insecurity in food-producing regions and high transportation costs have disrupted supply chains, while the depreciation of the naira has increased importation costs.

In May, food inflation grew at a slower pace, reaching 40.66%, but challenges in the agricultural sector, such as the infestation of tomato leaves, have led to higher prices for staples like tomatoes and yams.

Meristem predicts that food inflation will persist in June, driven by these lingering challenges. Increased demand during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration and rising importation costs are also expected to keep food prices elevated.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile items like food and energy, was at 27.04% in May. Meristem projects it to rise to 27.30% in June.

The firm notes that higher transportation costs and the depreciation of the naira will continue to push core inflation up.

However, they also anticipate a month-on-month moderation in the core index due to a relatively stable naira exchange rate during June, compared to a more significant depreciation in May.

Cowry Assets Management Limited has projected an even higher headline inflation figure of 34.25% for June, citing similar concerns.

The firm notes that over the past year, food prices in Nigeria have soared due to supply chain disruptions, currency depreciation, and climate change impacts on agriculture.

This has made basic staples increasingly unaffordable for many Nigerians, stretching household budgets.

As inflation continues to rise, analysts believe the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will likely hike the benchmark lending rate again.

The CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has raised the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 650 basis points this year, bringing it to 26.25% as of May 2024.

At a recent BusinessDay CEO Forum, CBN Governor Dr. Olayemi Cardoso emphasized the MPC’s commitment to tackling inflation, stating that while the country needs growth, controlling inflation is paramount.

“The MPC is not oblivious to the fact that the country does need growth. If these hikes hadn’t been done at the time, the naira would have almost tipped over, so it helped to stabilize the naira. Interest rates are not set by the CBN governor but by the MPC committee composed of independent-minded people. These are people not given to emotion but to data. The MPC clarified that the major issue is taming inflation, and they would do what is necessary to tame it,” Cardoso said.

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