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CBN Eyes $200bn FX Earnings from Non-oil Exports

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

About $200 billion is expected to be raised as foreign exchange (FX) earnings for Nigeria from non-oil exports in the next three to five years.

This is being championed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee, according to the governor of CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele.

Addressing newsmen on Thursday after the committee’s meeting, Mr Emefiele said this initiative will forex supply into the market and boost the value of the Naira.

He said this policy would be implemented under the RT200 FX Programme through five components of value-adding exports facility, non-oil commodities expansion facility, non-oil FX rebate scheme, dedicated non-oil export terminal and biannual non-oil export summit.

He explained that this move became necessary because of the FX pressure on the economy, especially the external reserves.

“After careful consideration of the available options and wide consultation with the banking community, the CBN is, effective immediately, announcing the Bankers’ Committee RT200 FX Programme, which stands for the race to $200 billion in FX repatriation.

“The RT200 FX Programme is a set of policies, plans and programmes for non-oil exports that will enable us to attain our lofty yet attainable goal of $200 billion in FX repatriation exclusively from non-oil exports, over the next 3-5 years,” the apex bank chief informed reporters.

He stated that, “It is dangerous to put our hope in earnings we cannot control or earn from a source that comes in when things are good for us.

“But the moment they suspect that things are no longer good and when we need them the most is when they choose to leave us. We cannot as a country depend on that alone. We cannot, should not as a country, rely on that to fund our import obligations. We have to go back to the pre-crude oil period where we funded our import obligations from export earnings. Today, the journey begins. That journey to re-establish ourselves again.”

Explaining how one of the schemes works, the CBN chief said the non-oil FX rebate is a special local currency incentive for non-oil exporters of semi-finished and finished produce who show verifiable evidence of exports proceeds repatriation sold directly into the Investors’ and Exporters’ (I&E) window to boost liquidity in the market.

He used the occasion to announce that the central bank will from next year stop the supply of forex to deposit money banks (DMBs) as they would be required to develop initiatives to make them self-sufficient in meeting the FX needs of their customers.

“Before or about the end of this year, we will tell them (banks) don’t come to the CBN for dollars again. Go and generate your import funds by funding people who want to generate export proceeds.

“When the export proceeds come, we will fund them at 5 per cent. When those proceeds come, banks can sell to their customers that want millions of dollars.

“But to say they will continue to come to the CBN for dollars, we will stop that. We will stop it,” Mr Emefiele declared at the gathering.

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NGX to Reward Innovation, Capital Market Compliance

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The 2022 NGX Made of Africa Awards, slated for Tuesday, December 6, 2022, would be for rewarding innovation, commitment to sustainability and capital market compliance, the Divisional Head of Business Support Services at the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Ms Irene Robinson-Ayanwale, has stated.

Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, she said the awards ceremony themed Innovation in Capital Markets: The Panacea for Exponential Growth was designed to recognise the outstanding performance of capital market stakeholders in multiple categories as the fiscal year draws to a close for many stakeholders.

According to her, the nomination and selection process was intensely analytical as a trove of data generated by the exchange was analysed by NGX Regulation Limited (NGX RegCo) and verified for accuracy by an independent auditor.

“As you can see, the process was made transparent and verifiable. We hope the Awards will encourage the companies to continue to maintain higher standards and ensure that their stakeholders hold them accountable to higher standards.

“We are banking that it’ll encourage more innovation, compliance, adherence to rules and regulations,” she told the news platform.

Ms Robinson-Ayanwale added that NGX would be focusing on driving more listings, executing more capacity-building programs across different capital market stakeholders group and driving forward its sustainability agenda in 2023.

The decision to hold the awards and celebrate exceptional performance underscores NGX’s commitment to the growth and sustainability of the Nigerian capital market. This further accentuates the position of the exchange as a leader and driver of excellence in the financial markets ecosystem.

BUA Group and CardinalStone Partners Limited are the headline sponsors for the ceremony. Other sponsors include United Bank for Africa Plc, Coronation Asset Management Limited, Zenith Bank Plc, Seplat Energy Plc, Access Holdings Plc, Notore Chemicals Plc, Transnational Corporation Plc, Bank of Industry and Central Securities and Clearing Systems (CSCS) Plc

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Liquid Government Bonds Market Can Spur Economic Growth—SEC

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The need for the development of a liquid government bonds market has been emphasised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The Director-General of SEC, Mr Lamido Yuguda, while speaking at the 2022 conference of the Capital Market Correspondents Association of Nigeria (CAMCAN), stated that this would have a positive effect on the economy.

Mr Yuguda, represented by the Executive Commissioner of Operations of the agency, Mr Dayo Obisan, disclosed that a liquid government bonds market implies that there is a sufficient offering of government bonds across a range of maturities, which is key to the construction of the benchmark yield curve (which is important for the establishment of the market-based risk-free interest rate used in equity pricing).

He further stated that the synergistic relationship between the government bonds and equity markets had been observed in several East Asian economies, which experienced a surge in private investment and equity market capitalisation following the establishment of a liquid debt securities market.

“At the same time, an increase in government expenditure funded by debt crowds out private investment, which in turn adversely affects aggregate expenditure and, consequently, economic growth with implications for the capital market.

“In addition, an underdeveloped capital market will affect institutional investors negatively, restraining the amount and maturity of funding available to the government locally,” the DG said at the programme tagged Nigeria’s Public Debt and the Capital Market.

At the event held in Lagos over the weekend, Mr Yuguda stated that as the apex regulator of the capital market, SEC is committed to creating an enabling and facilitative oversight and regulatory framework supportive of the deepening and development of the Nigerian capital market.

“As you are aware, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, launched and unveiled the revised Nigerian Capital Market Master Plan 2021-2025.

“The updated master plan underscores the commission’s commitment to deepening and repositioning the financial market as a key anchor of our economy.

“The Master Plan, which represents collective aspirations of the capital market community, is focused on driving initiatives geared towards growing and deepening the Market with the ultimate goal of accelerating the emergence of our Country into the top 20 global economies by the year 2025,” he stated.

He disclosed that the capital market is more resilient and is on a steady growth trajectory, adding that capital market correspondents have contributed to the development of the market and expressed delight at their partnership with the agency in this noble task of developing and deepening the capital market.

According to him, the reporters have taken on an increasingly important role of communicating to the public some of the commission’s initiatives aimed at developing the market, noting that SEC is committed to supporting efforts aimed at addressing financial literacy and empowerment gaps within society.

“There is no doubt in my mind that, the capital market presents a good platform for addressing many of Nigeria’s economic challenges.

“On our part as regulators, we shall continue to introduce new ideas and policies towards developing and regulating a capital market that is dynamic, fair, transparent and efficient to contribute to the nation’s economic development.

“We will also continue to fulfil its mandate of protecting investors and creating an enabling environment for market operators.

“Policymakers and practitioners alike are keen to understand the complex nexus between the public debt market and the Nigerian capital market,” he added.

In her remarks, the chairman of CAMCAN, Mrs Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma, said that the annual workshop was part of the association’s contributions to the development and growth of the nation’s economy by bringing regulators, operators and company executives to discuss economic issues that affect the market in particular and the economy in general.

She said that the theme was picked because of concerns in different quarters concerning the nation’s rising total debt stock, which stood at N42.80 trillion as of June 2022.

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Purple Real Estate N10bn IPO Attracts Investors Ahead of NGX Listing

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By Dipo Olowookere

The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Purple Real Estate Income Plc (PREIP) is already attracting investors ahead of its planned listing on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited.

Business Post gathered from a few stockbrokers, who asked not to be named, that the exercise is doing well, though a significant number of shares are yet to the purchased.

Purple Real Estate commenced the IPO last month and it hopes to conclude the exercise before Christmas.

The tech-enabled real estate firm intends to generate N10 billion from the IPO by selling 2 billion ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each at N5.

Intending investors are required to purchase a minimum of 4,000 ordinary shares and multiples of 1,000 ordinary shares thereafter.

After the IPO, which started on November 21, 2022, and will end on December 23, 2022, the stocks will be listed on the exchange.

According to the chief executive of the organisation, Mr Laide Agboola, investing in the company will give subscribers “blended yields” as the firm intends to expand its real estate footprint delivering similar investment-grade assets, including Purple Lekki, an all-inclusive mixed-use centre building on the learnings from its flagship asset.

The principal activities of Purple Real Estate include the purchase, lease, development, and management of properties to generate a sale and rental income as well as income from other services, including advertising and facilities management.

The firm is evolving into a tech-driven real estate company deploying proptech solutions such as Purpleshop and Fractions to eliminate the barriers to world-class retail and real estate ownership.

Its subsidiaries are Maryland Mall Limited, Purple Proptech Limited, Lekki Retailtainment Limited, Purple Asset Managers Limited, Purple Urban Limited and Cible Media Limited.

PREIP, which is on the path to becoming the first approved Real Estate Investment Company (REICO) in Nigeria, grew its revenue by 121 per cent to N1.8 billion in 2021, while the pre-tax profit was N1.5 billion, with total assets at N26.4 billion.

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