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Experts List Reasons For Investment In Sub-Saharan Africa

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With sub:Saharan African (SSA) markets like Nigeria’s beginning to  command increasing attention from global portfolio managers, analysts at RenCap, Friday, put out  10  strong reasons why the region has become a great investment       destination.

Kato Mukuru,  head of research, who prepared the report said while equities have fallen by as much as  11 percent in Brazil, 21 per cent in China and one per cent in  India this  year, SSA markets have witnessed strong growth with Nigeria and Kenya leading the  way with YTD  rises of up to 30 percent.

The report also highlighted the low sovereign debt levels as well as  attractive valuations of banks in the region on the back of limited liquidity.

The third factor listed in the report is the relatively high real  GDP growth performance in the SSA region over the last five years as well as in years to come. Between’ 2004 and 2008, real GDP growth in SSA has averaged 6.5 per cent as IMF figures. Looking ahead, the region is expected to grow Its real GDP by 4.7 and 5.8 per cent in 2010 and 2011 receptively-

On wealth of natural resources, Africa is home to 12 per cent of  proven oil reserves and six per cent of proven gas  reserves and the region remains the least explored in the world as evidenced by recent discoveries in  Uganda and Ghana.

China has since identified the region’s potentials and its increasing investment and trade ties with SSA may top $100 billion in 2010. These inflows will further contribute to improvements in the region, making it even more attractive in the years  to come.

Other factors are the acute infrastructure deficiency as well as the rising inter-regional trade.  Africa, said the report, offers huge investment opportunities whether in power, road and telecoms and the growing trade within the region should help reposition the region.

There has also been progress recorded in the fight against corruption and there is also  the increasing acceptance that political conflicts are no longer the norm in the region as democracy takes root across Africa. Today, 72 per cent of sub-Saharan Africans live in free or partially free democracies.

Finally, the report speaks of the incredible demographics of the SSA           region which will be home to 29 percent (348 million) of the world’s youth population by 2050 compared to only nine percent in 1950.

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NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn

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The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian  Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.

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… Introduces TIES To Boost  Business Loan

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.

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CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions

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The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.

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