Nigerian finance minister says country needs to tap its non-oil revenues

Nigerian finance minister says country needs to tap its non-oil revenues

ABUJA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigeria plans to get out of recession by boosting government revenues and cracking down on corruption, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said on Thursday, and will also issue more international debt to pay for infrasturcture projects. The country is in its second year of recession, brought on by lower oil prices, which have slashed government revenues, weakened the currency and caused dollar shortages frustrating business and households. World Bank chief…

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Ivory Coast slashes budget on low cocoa prices, President Says

Ivory Coast slashes budget on low cocoa prices, President Says

ABIDJAN (Capital Markets in Africa) – Ivory Coast has cut planned spending for 2017 by 10 percent due to a sharp drop in world prices of cocoa, its leading export, President Alassane Ouattara said, according to Thursday’s edition of national newspaper Le Patriote. The move is a major concession by a government that has prided itself on its stewardship of the West African country – the world’s biggest cocoa exporter – during its recovery from…

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Nigeria’s Buhari Suspends Top Aides Over Graft Allegations

Nigeria’s Buhari Suspends Top Aides Over Graft Allegations

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari suspended two senior administration officials linked to graft allegations and ordered an investigation, the presidency said. David Lawal, secretary to the government, is being probed for alleged violations of “law and due process” in the award of contracts, presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said Wednesday in an emailed statement. Ayo Oke, head of the National Intelligence Agency, is facing investigation over the discovery of $38 million and other currencies in…

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Ecobank Tumbles With Shareholder Nedbank After Record Loss

Ecobank Tumbles With Shareholder Nedbank After Record Loss

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Pan-African lender Ecobank Transnational Inc. said it made a record pretax loss of $131 million last year, pushing its shares down along with those of Nedbank Group Ltd., its biggest stockholder. Ecobank fell 5 percent to 7.79 naira in Lagos, the lowest since 2009. Nedbank, South Africa’s fourth-largest lender by assets and owner of about one-fifth of Ecobank shares, declined 4.8 percent to 221.45 rand, the most among its local banking peers….

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Senegal to issue Eurobond in April, Finance Minister Says

Senegal to issue Eurobond in April, Finance Minister Says

ABIDJAN (Capital Markets in Africa) – Senegal will issue a Eurobond this month in order to finance a series of infrastructure and power production projects that it hopes will push economic growth above 7 percent from next year, Finance Minister Amadou Ba said on Friday. Ba declined to give the amount of the issuance or its maturity. The West African nation is rated B1 by Moody’s and B+ by Standard & Poor’s. “I think that the…

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Banking and Industrial Counters Push Nigerian Benchmark Index 5bps Higher

Banking and Industrial Counters Push Nigerian Benchmark Index 5bps Higher

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – The equities market closed positive at the end of trade today as the All Share Index (ASI) added 5bps to close at 25,510.01 points. Consequently, market capitalisation advanced N4.6bn to settle at N8.8tn while YTD loss remained at 5.1%.  STANBIC (+2.2%),  WAPCO (+1.9%) and ZENITH (+1.3%) were the major drivers today. Also, market activity improved as volume and value traded rose 41.0% and 82.8% to settle at 349.3m units and N2.3bn respectively. Mixed…

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Nigerian Equities Rebound on account of Bargain hunting… NSE ASI up 7bps

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Nigerian equities market bucked a 3-day losing streak as the All Share Index (ASI) added 7bps to close at 25,496.71 points. Also, market capitalization increased by N6.5bn to settle at N8.8tn while YTD loss pared to -5.1%. Today’s performance was mainly driven by gains in GUARANTY (+1.7%), NIGERIANBREWERIES (+1.2%) and FBNH (+3.2%). On the contrary, market activity declined as volume and value traded fell by 38.5% and 35.2% to settle at 247.7m units and…

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