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RESCUE MISSION: CBN coordinates banks, other financial institutions, to raise N1.5 trillion for infrastructure

The Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, said the apex bank would work in collaboration with commercial banks and other financial institutions, to raise the sum of N1.5 trillion.

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, said the apex bank would work in collaboration with commercial banks and other financial institutions in the country, to raise the sum of N1.5 trillion. The money will serve the purpose of financing the construction of critical infrastructure in Nigeria through a special purpose vehicle.

Apparently, this is part of the resolutions that were reached during the CBN roundtable that took place in Abuja earlier this week.

RESCUE MISSION: CBN coordinates banks, other financial institutions, to raise N1.5 trillion for infrastructure

While disclosing the resolution during a presidential dinner that was held to round off the CBN roundtable, Emefiele noted that the collaborations will also involve the Federal Government and other key development finance agencies.

Focus on Nigeria’s infrastructure: According to Emefiele, the N1.5 trillion is expected to be spent mainly on the construction of roads, on the power sector, and port facilities. In total, about six major road and seaport projects will be identified for financing. This Day quoted Emefiele to have said:

“Participants from the financial sector agreed to create a special purpose vehicle working with the federal government, and key development finance agencies. The well-structured SPV, will be used to mobilise close to N1.5 trillion in funds from banks, pension funds and other financial institutions, to fund road, power, and port infrastructure. Six key road projects and the seaport projects would be identified for funding. 

“The framework for this SPV is currently being worked on and will be ready for implementation by October 2020. When implemented the SPV will help to reduce the burden of government financing of infrastructure projects and enable the government to focus on funding other priority areas. It will also reduce the cost of transporting goods across the country for farmers, SMEs and manufacturers. More importantly, it will help improve our ability to attain double-digit growth rates.”

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Why this matters: This is a good gesture from the CBN and Nigeria’s financial institutions. The development is coming at a time when the Nigerian Government is struggling to raise enough money to finance the country’s N10.6 trillion 2020 budget, due to a drastic decline in global oil prices. Recall that Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, has repeatedly admitted that the country is now facing a revenue crisis.

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The Nigerian government had initially planned to spend the sum of N2.46 trillion on capital projects and N127 billion on the power sector, according to a breakdown of the 2020 budget. The budget was based on an oil price benchmark of $57 per barrel. Oil has since declined to $36.89 according to trading figures obtained from Oilprice.com.

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Emmanuel is a professional writer and business journalist, with interests covering Banking & Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Profiles, Brand Communication, Fintech, and MSMEs.He initially joined Nairametrics as an all-round Business Analyst, but later began focusing on and covering the financial services sector. He has also held various leadership roles, including Senior Editor, QAQC Lead, and Deputy Managing Editor.Emmanuel holds an M.Sc in International Relations from the University of Ibadan, graduating with Distinction. He also graduated with a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Department of Philosophy & Logic, University of Ibadan.If you have a scoop for him, you may contact him via his email- [email protected] You may also contact him through various social media platforms, preferably LinkedIn and Twitter.

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FG to support MSME contribution to economy to boost development – Minister

The Minister said that the FG has schemes aimed at improving the post-pandemic climate for SMEs in Nigeria.

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The Federal Government declared that it is working with stakeholders to improve MSME participation in the economy through improving the business climate which will create jobs.

This was disclosed by Amb. Mariam Katagum, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, at the 7th EMPRETEC Global Summit,  on Tuesday, themed “The Role of Entrepreneurship, MSME and EMPRETEC in post-COVID-19 Resurgence.”

The Minister stated that the MSME sector of the economy is the growth engine of any economy which contributes to its development, job creation and export, amongst others.

“An MSMEs survey indicates that Nigeria’s SMEs contribute nearly 50 percent of the country’s GDP and account for over 80 percent of employment. No doubt, the sector is pivotal to Nigeria’s growth, including reducing poverty and unemployment levels.

It has, therefore, become more apparent that supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses by creating opportunities for MSMEs to thrive is essential for increasing productivity, creating jobs, and boosting our economy.

This is why the Government is working with stakeholders across all sectors, to create the enabling environment for entrepreneurs and MSMEs to ensure that they grow now and into the future,” she stated.

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The Minister said that the FG has schemes aimed at improving the post-pandemic climate for SMEs in Nigeria. She also disclosed that the FG launched the National Policy on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), a framework for the resolution of the challenges faced by the sector.

The programmes launched by the FG includes the Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-take Schemes, operated by a Steering Committee in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

“The Government of Nigeria had, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, initiated the MSMEs Clinics scheme as a strategy, aimed at providing support for the MSMEs in the country.

At the clinics, operators in the MSMEs space are engaged by regulators and business advisory experts, on issues ranging from entrepreneurship, skill development, finance, quality & standards, and on how to facilitate and grow their businesses and enterprises,” she added.

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What you should know 

Nigeria’s unemployment rate as of the end of 2020 rose to 33.3% from 27.1% recorded as of Q2 2020, indicating that about 23,187,389 (23.2 million) Nigerians remain unemployed.

A combination of both the unemployment and underemployment rate for the reference period gave a figure of 56.1%. This means that 33.3% of the labour force in Nigeria or 23,187,389 persons either did nothing or worked for less than 20 hours a week, making them unemployed by our definition in Nigeria.

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Amazon to open its first African office in South Africa

Amazon already launched its data centres for AWS in Cape Town but its eCommerce services had until now, not been available in Africa,

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Amazon, US retail giant has announced that it would be opening its first African office in South Africa with a real estate investment of over R4 billion. This announcement is coming a week after Twitter choose to open its first African office in Ghana.

Authorities in Cape Town noted that Amazon would be occupying a new development in River Club, a prime section of the city. This new development will create 5,239 jobs in the construction phase alone. Along with 19,000 indirect and induced jobs.

The 15-hectare parcel of land will cost R4 billion and include two precincts. Authorities said the first precinct of 60,000sqm will occupy different layers of development; while the second section of 70,000 will hold Amazon headquarters in Africa.

Cape town city officials noted that “US retail giant, Amazon, will be the anchor tenant, opening a base of operations on the African continent. The development is envisaged to take place in phases, with construction set to take place over three to five years.

It is clear that this development offers many economic, social and environmental benefits for the area. We are committed to driving investment to revitalize the economy, which is slowly recovering following the impact of Covid-19.”

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Amazon already launched its data centres for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in cape town but its eCommerce services had until now, not been available in Africa.

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