Nigeria: IMF – Nigeria’s Economic system Will Entice Extra Investments Earlier than 12 months Finish

Washington DC — The Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) has stated monetary situations in Nigeria favoured extra overseas investments and may entice extra overseas investments this yr.

Nonetheless, the IMF additionally cautioned towards the rising debt profile, particularly from China.

The IMF additionally expressed fear over money owed in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria inclusive, that do not cross by the Paris Membership as posing larger dangers and creating vulnerabilities as a result of laxity in controls.

Nigeria’s money owed – overseas and native has climbed to over N25trillion primarily based on newest information from the debt administration workplace. Majority of Nigerian latest debt exposures are from China.

Whereas fielding questions from journalists after the presentation of International Monetary Stability Report, Evan Papageorgiou, Deputy Division Chief, Financial and Capital Markets Division, IMF stated the difficulty of non-Paris Membership collectors is likely one of the points that was recognized as probably creating some instability or some vulnerabilities.

He famous that “Not that the debt itself creates problems. We examine some issues that debt has to be used for productive purposes but usually debt that is given under non-Pan’s Club or multilateral types of agreements, more broadly in a lot of low-income countries, particularly a lot of Sub-Saharan African countries, the issue of debt vulnerabilities is becoming more and more prescient.”

He stated already “the IMF’s evaluation, in more than a dozen counties that are either in distress or in high risk of debt distress.”

He additionally famous there are the problems once more of both collateralization of that debt or the kind of this debt could create a tougher approach of resolving it down the road by a debt restructuring, for instance.