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Further rate decline expected as N405 billion worth of treasury bills mature 

A further decline in the interbank lending rates is expected as N405 billion treasury bills matured to boost liquidity. 

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Pension funds, Treasury Bill Investment: Ghana Vs Nigeria, Further rate decline expected as N405 billion worth of treasury bills mature , CBN’s N225.45 billion T-bills auction records oversubscription, as rate fall below 5% , Nigeria’s 364-day treasury bills falls to 3.84% per annum

Inter bank lending rates would react to the inflow of the N405 billion from the maturity of treasury bills, as the former are expected to drop further.

Last week, the Interbank rates were brought down by the inflow of N900 billion matured Open Market Operations (OMO) treasury bills (on Friday), dropping rates by 4.25%.

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Meanwhile, rates had initially fallen by 900 basis point to 12.1% last Tuesday due to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) deduction of N650 billion from some banks as cash reserve ratio for failure to meet the 65% Loan-to-Deposit Ratio (LDR).

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According to analysts, it is expected that the interbank rate will keep on falling this new week, due to the liquidity boost expected from the maturing N405.9 billion secondary market treasury bills.

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Analysts at Cowry Assets Management Limited disclosed that rates were expected to decrease marginally amid liquidity boost.

“In the new week, CBN will auction T-bills worth N74.84 billion, viz: 91-day bills worth N10billion, 182-day bills worth N20.00 billion and 364-day bills worth N44.84 billion. The maturing T-bills worth N74.84 billion, in addition to the maturing OMO bills worth N331.05 billion, we expect rates to decrease marginally amid boost in financial system liquidity,” Cowry Asset Management said.

However, on the foreign exchange scene, the Naira continued its downward trend in the foreign exchange market as it dropped by an average of 50.5 kobo in the parallel market and in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window last week.

Data from FMDQ stated that the rate for the I&E window rose for the sixth consecutive weeks to N364.57 per dollar last week from N364.06 per dollar the previous week, translating to 51 kobo depreciation, Vanguard reported.

[READ MORE: CBN issues N847.4 billion treasury bills for Q1 2020)

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The continuous decline can be attributed to increased demand for dollars due to rising concerns over the six month decline of the nation’s external reserves. While the downward trend in the external reserves is driven by lower revenue from oil, which accounts for about 90% of the nation’s dollar earnings, it is aggravated by increased dollar sales by the CBN in its bid to meet dollar demand by foreign investors exiting the nation’s fixed income market.

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The country’s foreign reserves stood at $38.775 billion as at Tuesday, December 24th, 2019, meanwhile, it is still unclear whether the CBN would devalue the country’s currency has foreign reserves continues to drop.

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How to access CBN’s healthcare grant

The disbursement under the Scheme shall be made to beneficiaries in tranches subject to approved milestones achieved.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued the guidelines to its Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme (HSRDIS).

The grant was designed to help strengthen the public healthcare system with innovative financing of research and development (R&D) in new and improved drugs, vaccines and diagnostics of infectious diseases in Nigeria.

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This was disclosed by CBN via its site in Saturday and seen by Nairametrics. The guideline stated that the HSRDIS is designed to trigger intense national R&D activities to develop a Nigerian vaccine, drugs and herbal medicines against the spread of COVID-19.

It stated, “It would also curb any other communicable or non-communicable diseases through the provision of grants to biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies, institutions, researchers, and research institutes.

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The Scheme is intended to boost domestic manufacturing of critical drugs and vaccines to ensure their sustainable domestic supply and reduce the bulk manufacturing costs of the drugs, herbal medicines and vaccines in Nigeria.

READ MORE: FG to reduce raw materials import by N3trillion

Source of fund

According to the apex bank, the Scheme shall be funded from the Developmental Component of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund (MSMEDF).

Grant Limit
While Research activities would not access more than N50 million, development/Manufacturing activities will access more than N500.0 million.

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CBN emphasised that the disbursement under the Scheme shall be made to beneficiaries in tranches subject to approved milestones achieved.

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READ ALSO: Fidson’s plan to dominate the pharmaceutical space in the next 10 years

Timeframe

Timeframe given to research activities was not more than two years from the date of release of fund and Development/Manufacturing activities are not more than one (1) year from the date of release of fund.

Who is eligible:

Candidate vaccines undergoing pre-clinical testing or trials shall not be
eligible for consideration under this Scheme.

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But candidate vaccines undergoing clinical testing or trials shall be eligible for consideration under the Scheme if considered to have high potential to cross the clinical trial stage and prospects of scale by the Body of Experts (BoE).

It stated, “In applying for the grant, the applicant shall be required to have conducted pre-clinical testing of the candidate drugs, herbal medicines and vaccines, and obtained certification from relevant health authorities for further research and development.

“Special consideration shall be given to candidate drugs, herbal medicines and
vaccines with high scientific merit against emerging infections and contribute to the development of the Nigerian vaccine.”

Modalities

The applicant(s) shall submit its application, with relevant documentation of validation from relevant health authorities, trial results, patent registration details (if any) and development timetable to the Body of Experts (BoE).

“The BoE shall evaluate applications and recommend to the CBN. CBN shall review for documentation adequacy and completeness.

“Upon approval, the approved grant sum shall be released to the applicant’s
account with any PFI of his/her choice. The beneficiary shall submit periodic progress report on the project to the CBN.

“The CBN shall have proprietary right over all financed R&D outcomes or
products. Equally, licensing protocol for the mass manufacturing of developed
drugs, phytomedicines and vaccines shall be defined by the BoE in accordance with
the World Health Organisation’s current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP),” it added.

 

 

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Possibilities of a second wave of COVID-19 infections Limits U.S dollar gains

American dollar ended the week cumulatively lower as the possibilities of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic limited its upside. 

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Possibilities of a second wave of COVID-19 infections Limits U.S dollar gains

The American dollar index closed on Friday up at 0.18% to 96.93.

However American dollar ended the week cumulatively lower, for a third straight week, as uncertainty about America’s economy limited its upside.

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The uncertainties about the economic outlook and the possibilities of a second wave of COVID-19 infections had capped the greenback’s gains, Chuck Tomes, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management said in an interview with CNBC.

What is the importance of the dollar index?  The American Dollar Index tracks the U.S dollar strength relatively against a bouquet of other major currencies around the world, such as (Japanese yen, Euro, British pounds sterling, Swedish krona, Canadian dollar, Swiss Franc).

(READ MORE: Again, U.S dollar slumps against major currencies, investors become optimistic about global demand)

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Nigerians hoping to meet foreign exchange debt or payment obligations, transactions via the U.S dollar to countries like France, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany Japan, would have the need to pay fewer dollars to fulfill such transactions.

“Today you’ve seen better-than-expected economic data coming out of the U.S. in terms of the jobs numbers.   

“The reaction on the back of that has been expectations of better growth coming out of the U.S. as well as a steepening yield curve, both of which have provided a lift to the dollar.” Chuck Tomes added.

Possibilities of a second wave of COVID-19 infections Limits U.S dollar gains

However, some currency analysts in a report to CNBC said the good macroeconomic gains recorded on Friday in America might not be repeated soon.

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“While this was no doubt a great jobs report, a lot of good news was already priced in. Future estimates and expectations on the economic rebound are likely higher from here and therefore harder to meet or beat,” said Matt Miskin, co-chief investment strategist at John Hancock Investment Management. 

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NPA to receive shiploads of petroleum products and food items in Lagos port

Among the expected items to be received are frozen fish, base oil, general cargo, bulk salt, bulk clinker, butane gas, bulk wheat and soya beans.

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Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, Maritime, Ports, Badagry deep seaport, NPA, LADOL collision intensifies, as they throw counter-accusation over contract 

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) will receive 16 ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods over the next 14 days.

According to its publication, `Shipping Position,’ which was released on Saturday, the receipts of the shipment will last from June 6 through June 20.

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According to the publication viewed by NAN, the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.

Among the expected items to be received are frozen fish, base oil, general cargo, bulk salt, bulk clinker, butane gas, bulk wheat and soya beans.

READ ALSO: NPA and BUA Group dispute to affect 1000 jobs, $500,000 monthly revenue 

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The NPA also noted in its publication that 23 ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with containers, general cargo and petrol, while 17 other ships were at the ports discharging containers, petrol, butane, bulk fertilizer, bulk wheat, general cargo and frozen fish.

What you should know

When the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and several industries started shutting down, the Nigerian government took the decision to leave Nigerian ports operation in line with stipulated guidelines.

This was done to prevent further contraction in the economy, as the economic implications of shutting down the seaports in an import-dependent economy were considered unsavory.

READ ALSO: NPA Decommissioning of Port Harcourt Terminal: We’ll vigorously defend, protect our rights – BUA Group

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The government decided that, just like the food and healthcare sectors, the ports were to be considered essential too since there was a need to keep a steady import of foods, refined petroleum products, raw materials for the local industries, finished consumer goods and most importantly, drugs for the healthcare system.

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Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, also suspended applicable terminal storage fees on consignments for an initial period of 21 days effective 23 March, and agreed to fast-track the clearance of over 1,500 overtime cargoes as part of its efforts to promote ease of business.

 

 

 

 

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