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From the Editor’s Desk
The Debt Management Office (DMO) recently published the Debt Sustainability Analysis Report for 2017. The report stated that external debt to gross domestic product stood at 4.9% at the end of 2017, while the DMO foresees debt to GDP maintaining its current northward trajectory, thereby notching upwards to 5.2% and 5.5% at the end of 2018 and 2019.
The upward trajectory in debt to GDP is a product of negative output gap been witnessed fused with the growing absorption of external debt. At the same time, external debt to debt service stood at 2.2%, which is expected to creep upwards to 3.9% and 3.4% at the end of 2018 and 2019. More importantly, reflecting the higher concentration of external debt to debt servicing over the next two years largely due to macro imbalances and high export concentration.
Holistically, the report stated that external debt to export ratio as at 2017 stood at 0.46. However, with the pace of debt dwarfing the pace of export diversification combined with oil prices hovering below $80, a surge in external debt to export is imminent, thus torpedoing from 46% at the end of 2017 to 75% in 2027. A dilution in the ratio is expected afterwards.
Fig 1: External Debt
Presently, external debt to revenue ratio stands at 73.4% but expected to climax to 94.5% in 2027. The report on one hand underlines the aggressive absorption of external debt adopted by the fiscal side but it also buttress our point of a lack of income policies. We agree that macro imbalances and structural composition best dictates country specific debt threshold. Thus, a one fit all scenario of 50% threshold could be largely deceiving, thus aligning with the DMO. Although the idea of reviewing the existing debt threshold from 19.39% of GDP to 23.5% of GDP in order to provide a leg room for fiscal authorities is inevitable; such threshold elapses in 2017. However, debt threshold are a function of GDP not revenue. For a country that has a history of revenue windfalls, this has its limitation. Regardless there is need to address both the lack of bite in income policies, which is currently a product of slow momentum in growth coupled with macro imbalances. The inability to address such contour will leave fiscal policy in a hard pressed position in the near future.
will be marked down this day by the having declared a dividend of N0.03k in the preceding week.
The Feed Nigeria Summit will hold this day in Abuja just as the 2018 African Legacy International 2nd Emerging Business Destination Summit holds on the same day.
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Tuesday July 31, 2018
The management of African Finance Corporation Outgoing President & CEO will visit the exchange this day while Union Bank Plc holds its Investor Conference Call.
The Nigeria Agriculture Awards and the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) Annual General Meeting will hold this day in Abuja and Lagos, respectively.
Wednesday August 1, 2018
Annual General Meeting will hold this day in Lagos, while the Board and Executive Management of visits the Exchange to present its “facts behind the listing presentation”
The 1st National Conference on Sustainable Development Goals will hold this day in Abuja, while the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) August Breakfast Meeting holds.
A Networking Exhibition Conference “We Want the Youths to Know” supported by will hold this day in Lagos with the theme “Success Stories”.
Thursday August 2, 2018
and will hold their Annual General Meeting this day in Enugu and Lagos, respectively. The Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), Lagos state Chapter will hold the 2nd Edition of its Annual Business Round Table this day with the theme “Building a Globally Competitive Economy through MSMEs”
The Association of Enterprise Risk Management Professionals Nigeria will this day hold the ERM: Tools & Techniques - MCRE (Mandatory Continuing RISK Education) Workshop, while the (LAC) holds her Mid Year Workshop with the theme “Insurance Broking: Transition & Disruptions”.
Friday August 3, 2018
?The Cheetah Africa Launch: Fintech and Blockchain Conference 2018 will hold this day in Lagos, just as the Official Launch of the Ifedolapo Damilola Adedipe Foundation (IDAF) takes place.
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