Nigeria Articles & Analysis

With Africa’s largest economy and its biggest population, Nigeria is the continent’s heavyweight. The country has been blessed with resource-rich lands, areas of great agricultural fertility and favourable demographics, but it has also had its fair share of challenges.

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Nigeria’s transport sector is set to benefit from increased spending under the newly ratified federal budget, spurring improvements to road and rail infrastructure, and providing opportunities for expansion of the logistics sector.

Nigeria is set for an increase in activity on its stock market, with the country’s first initial public offering (IPO) in more than three years expected in the second half of 2018.

Nigeria has strengthened efforts to improve its foreign exchange (forex) liquidity with the announcement of a multibillion-dollar currency swap deal with China.

Under a new expansion programme, agent banking is set to bolster ongoing efforts to improve financial inclusion in Nigeria.

A rallying economy and higher levels of liquidity are helping to put Nigeria’s real estate sector on the path to recovery, although infrastructure shortfalls and a lack of affordable offerings in the mid-market range could still curb growth.

Nigeria is proving to be an attractive draw for major manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), supported by an expanding domestic market and renewed momentum in the broader economy.