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Emerging markets were at the forefront of last year’s massive growth in global cryptocurrency adoption. With this growth widely tipped to continue into 2022, a range of countries will see their crypto markets mature or expand.

 

Financial technology (fintech) has been gaining momentum in Nigeria as start-ups look to create innovative solutions to fill socio-economic gaps such as exclusion from the formal banking system. An estimated 56% of Nigerian adults are unbanked and 36.8% do not have access to financial services. The country’s more than 200 fintech firms – which...

 

The authorities have been working for years to ease the burden of non-performing loans (NPLs) on the financial system. In 2009, in part due to the global financial crisis, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) bailed out eight distressed lenders by injecting $4bn into the market. The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) was formed the...

With a population of more than 200m across 250 ethnic groups, a fast-growing youth cohort, and high levels of poverty and unemployment, Nigeria has prioritised delivering quality education – although this also remains one of the government’s biggest challenges. A pressing concern for the sector is underfunding, with the authorities unable to meet investment targets related to...

National reforms leading to the unbundling and privatisation of Nigeria’s Power Holding Company in 2013 resulted in the creation of the privately owned distribution firm Kaduna Electric, which is licensed to supply power in the state. At the same time the Kaduna Power Supply Company (KAPSCO), fully owned by the Kaduna government, was created to undertake energy initiatives in...

State authorities have worked to develop Kaduna’s infrastructure and business climate in recent years, identifying them essential to sustainable growth. The Kaduna State Infrastructure Master Plan (KADIMP) 2018-50 is the state’s long-term strategy for coordinated infrastructure development. The plan lays out interventions in the key sectors of transportation, housing,...

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