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FG extends 50% discount on business registration by three months

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Yemi Osibajo on MSMEs
MSMEs Business Registration: The Federal Government on Monday extended by three months the 50 per cent discount it offered operators of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to register their company names.
On MSMEs -Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo announced this during the first quarter MSMEs stakeholders’ meeting, which was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Yemi Osibajo on MSMEs

Yemi Osibajo on MSMEs

He explained that the government’s action was informed by the success so far recorded in the 50 per cent discount window.
For instance, reports showed that small business registration grew from “54,000 to 163,000 within six months” of approving the discount.
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The government, through the Corporate Affairs Commission, started applying the discount since in October 2018.
It involved reducing the fee for the registration of a business name from N10,000 to N5,000 to help MSMEs formalise their operations.
Osinbajo at the event also asked both the Standard Organisation of Nigeria and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control to quickly resolve issues relating to the overlapping of their functions to ease business operations.
The VP also challenged the stakeholders to rack their brains and come up with suggestions on how best to finance small business outlets in the country.
“Having listened to all the issues raised in the report and from your various contributions about funding, I think you should come up with suggestions on better funding for start-ups and MSMEs.
“We need to address this issue as quickly as possible”, a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, quoted the VP as saying.
The  Managing Director of the Bank of Industry, Mr Kayode Pitan, at the session, called for  “MSMEs to establish a company to de-risk BOI loans to MSMEs.”
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Global Economy to grow by 6%, Nigeria at 2.5% – IMF

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Global Economy to grow by 6%, Nigeria at 2.5% – IMF

The International Monetary Fund retained its growth outlook for both Nigeria and the global economy for the year 2021, stating that the global economy is projected to grow 6.0 percent in 2021 and 4.9 percent in 2022, while Nigeria’s growth outlook has been maintained at 2.5% for the period.

The IMF disclosed this on Tuesday in its World Economic Outlook (WEO) for July titled “Fault Lines Widen in the Global Recovery.”

Prospects for emerging market and developing economies have been marked down for 2021, especially for Emerging Asia.
By contrast, the forecast for advanced economies is revised up,” it said.

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They also stated that “better global cooperation on vaccines could help prevent renewed waves of infection and the emergence of new variants, end the health crisis sooner than assumed, and allow for faster normalization of activity, particularly among emerging market and developing economies.

Moreover, a sooner-than-anticipated end to the health crisis could lead to a faster than-expected release of excess savings by households, higher confidence and more front-loaded investment spending by firms.”

For 2022, IMF says it forecasts Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.6% and South Africa’s by 2.2%.

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IMF Retains Nigeria’s Growth Prospect at 2.5% Amid Slow Vaccinations

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF)I in its July World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update released on Monday, has retained its projection for Nigeria’s economic growth prospect for this year at 2.5 per cent.

Nigeria’s projection is 0.9 percentage points lower than sub-Saharan Africa’s estimated growth of 3.4 percent. It is also far less than the six per cent global average growth estimate.

In the new document, the global institution marked down growth prospects of low-income developing countries (LIDCs) by 0.4 percentage points, citing slow rollout of vaccines as the main factor weighing on the recovery.

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“The overall fiscal deficit in 2021 was revised up by 0.3 percentage points from the April 2021 WEO, mainly because of the re-emergence of fuel subsidies as well as the additional COVID-19 and security-related support in Nigeria’’, it stated.

Still, at 5.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), the overall fiscal deficit remains well below that of advanced and emerging market economies, reflecting financing constraints, adding that about 60 percent of LIDCs are assessed to be at high risk of or in debt distress,” the Fund said of Nigeria.

The IMF also estimated the country’s public debt-to-GDP ratio, which is currently at about 35 per cent, for 2021 at 48.5 per cent.

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CBN Stops Forex Sales to Bureau De Change

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CBN Stops Forex Sales to Bureau De Change

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has stopped forex sales to Bureau De Change (BDC) operators in the country.
Godwin Emefiele, governor of the apex bank, announced this at the end of the monetary policy committee’s meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

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Emefiele said BDC operators have become a channel for illegal financial flows working with corrupt people to conduct illegal flows and money laundering in Nigeria.

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