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Russia Ready to Supply Food, Fertilizers Abroad to Ease Rising Prices—Matviyenko

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By Kestér Kenn Klomegâh

Concretely aiming at strengthening further mutual bilateral parliamentary relations, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko headed a delegation of Russian senators on a reciprocal visit from May 30 – June 01 to Maputo, Mozambique. The Chairman of the Federation Council delivered speeches to the deputies of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique and had a separate meeting with the Russia-Mozambique Parliamentary Friendship League.

Since the Soviet times and at all stages of history, Russia and Mozambique have been seen as “reliable and time-tested” partners in Africa. “Russia has always provided assistance to Mozambique and it keeps doing so. We are pleased to see your success in economic and social development. We note with satisfaction the steady development of the political dialogue,” Matviyenko said at a meeting with the Speaker of Mozambique Assembly Esperança Bias.

While talking about the Russia-Ukraine crisis, she reiterated that Russia is ready for signing agreements to establish peace with Ukraine. “Its key term was that Ukraine would remain an off-bloc, neutral state, like Austria for example, that it would be a non-nuclear state. Ukraine advanced its own conditions. But, regrettably, those who exercise external control did not let sign this agreement,” she added.

In spite of rising prices for agricultural products, Russia is ready to supply food and fertilizers abroad, but sanctions hampered these, according to Matviyenko, explaining that due to the factor of logistics Russia is unable to supply agricultural fertilizers on time and make full delivery. “The logistics are broken. Russia is unable to supply agricultural fertilizers to countries in need on time and in full. We are ready to fulfil our duties, but the imposed restrictions hinder us from doing it. Russia is still ready to supply food, wheat, and other types of food, but it is impossible to enter ports and so on,” she said.

Further during the conversation, a number of issues relating to the bilateral cooperation in the international arena, the most significant projects of Russian-Mozambique cooperation and the role of parliaments in their implementation were touched upon. A number of topics on the African agenda that are important for the two countries were also discussed.

She expressed satisfaction with the dynamic development of inter-parliamentary relations, the legal basis of which was the protocol on the development of inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Federation Council and the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique.

“Today, we will take a new important step towards strengthening the legal framework and sign a full-fledged Agreement on inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Federation Council and the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique that meets modern realities. This will allow us to bring our inter-parliamentary contacts to a higher level, and open up broad prospects for the exchange of experience in legislative activity,” Matviyenko emphasized.

According to the Federation Council Speaker, it is necessary to expand the scope and forms of cooperation between the legislators of the two countries and suggested establishing direct contacts between the relevant committees of the parliaments of Russia and Mozambique. For this purpose, the legislators proposed the possibility of improving the legal framework of bilateral relations.

The meeting thoroughly examined aspects of legislative activity within the context of combating terrorism and laundering of illegally acquired capital, as well as cooperation in trade, economic and investment fields with the conviction that not only large but also medium and small enterprises have good opportunities to strengthen economic ties.

The topic of digital transformation and the introduction of new technologies were touched upon. “We are ready to work together with our Mozambican colleagues to exchange experience in these and other areas of the digital agenda,” said Matviyenko.

The Speaker invited the Chairman of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique to participate in the upcoming International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg. As part of the visit, a ceremony was also held to hand over Russian charitable assistance to Mozambican children. This is children’s sports uniform, items for creative work and sweet gifts – as the future of both countries depend on investments in children’s education and upbringing.

The Russian delegation comprises Konstantin Kosachev, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Grigory Karasin, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs; Andrey Kutepov, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy and Andrey Shevchenko, Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs.

The rest are Alexander Varfolomeev, First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy; Irina Rukavishnikova, First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building; Yuri Valyaev, Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security; Mukarby Ulbashev, Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on the Budget and Financial Markets; and Liudmila Skakovskaya, Member of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture.

After the bilateral talks saw the signing of a communique between the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agreement between the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique. This document will lay the foundation for long-term inter-parliamentary cooperation, promote mutually beneficial ties, and develop the entire range of bilateral relations. The agreement also reflects plans for the future development of inter-parliamentary contacts.

According to Esperança Bias, it is gratifying to realize that bilateral relations are developing not only in the political but also in the economic field. She expressed satisfaction that the Russian campaigns could be represented in Mozambique.

“Our relationship dates back to the period when Mozambique was fighting for independence. Even after we gained independence, Russia has always been by our side. These relations are obvious in different areas,” Bias stressed. She thanked Matviyenko and her delegation for visiting Mozambique, and finally described the visit as a sign “Russia is always with Mozambique and Mozambique is always with Russia.”

Reports indicate that Russia, at the moment, is preparing for the second Russia-Africa summit, but the dates will be determined in cooperation with the African Union. The first Russia-Africa summit was held in Sochi on October 23-24, 2019.  It was co-chaired by the presidents of Russia and Egypt, Vladimir Putin and Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

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Geregu Power to List Shares on Stock Exchange

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited will have a new member in the coming days as an electricity generating firm, Geregu Power Plc, is planning to list its shares on the platform.

According to regulatory documents, the company will list a total of 2.5 billion units of its shares at N100.00 per unit by way of introduction on the bourse, increasing the market capitalisation of the exchange by N250 billion.

The listing of these equities is expected on Wednesday and a ceremony to commemorate it will happen later this month.

“We look forward to hosting you at the exchange on October 25 or 26, 2022, for a closing gong ceremony to commemorate the listing,” a message to Geregu Power by the chief executive of the NGX, Mr Temi Popoola, read in part.

Geregu Power has Mr Femi Otedola as its majority shareholder. He left the stock exchange a few years ago after he sold his holdings in the defunct Forte Oil Plc, a company rebranded to Ardova Plc by the new owner, Mr Abdulwasiu Sowami.

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Multiverse Stocks Rise 30.85% in One Week

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By Dipo Olowookere

Investors renewed their interests in the shares of Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc last week, pushing the price higher by 30.85 per cent to N3.69.

Another stock that attracted attention in the week was the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc, as investors pushed aside the recent corporate governance issues raised in the media and keyed into the company’s dividend policy.

At the close of the five-day trading week, its price rose by 17.65 per cent to N20.00. Jaiz Bank grew last week by 15.38 per cent, Cadbury Nigeria expanded by 14.77 per cent, while Eterna improved by 9.91 per cent to N6.32.

However, the shares of Neimeth fell by 10.26 per cent to N1.40, Nestle lost 10.00 per cent to N1,215.00, Africa Prudential dropped 9.91 per cent to N5.00, Royal Exchange depreciated by 9.80 per cent to 92 Kobo and Fidson went down by 9.05 per cent to N9.05.

At the close of transactions for the week, 25 equities appreciated, higher than 17 equities in the previous week; 33 equities depreciated, lower than 42 equities in the previous week; while 98 equities remained unchanged, higher than 97 equities recorded in the previous week.

Business Post reports that the All-Share Index (ASI) depreciated by 0.01 per cent to close the week at 49,024.16 points, while the market capitalisation appreciated by 0.03 per cent to close at N26.451 trillion.

Similarly, all other indices finished lower except for NGX Main-Board, NGX 30, oil/gas and industrial goods indices, which appreciated by 0.25 per cent, 0.04 per cent, 0.20 per cent, and 3.01 per cent, apiece as the ASeM, growth and sovereign bond indices closed flat.

During the week, a total of 1.005 billion shares worth N10.406 billion were traded in 17,844 deals as against the 562.856 million shares valued at N9.438 billion transacted in 16,013 deals a week earlier.

A total of 757.289 million financial shares valued at N6.947 billion were traded in 9,483 deals in the week, accounting for 75.38 per cent and 66.76 per cent of the trading volume and value.

A total of 75.118 million units of conglomerate stocks worth N82.955 million exchanged hands in 494 deals, as 50.186 million units of consumer goods shares worth N1.457 billion were transacted in 2,798 deals.

Jaiz Bank, GTCO and Zenith Bank were the most active stocks as they traded 460.216 million units worth N4.963 billion in 4,281 deals, contributing 45.81 per cent and 47.69 per cent to the total trading volume and value, respectively.

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Nigeria’s Crude Oil Exports Jump 88.6% to N11.53trn in Six Months

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigeria earned N11.53 trillion from the export of crude oil in the first half of 2022, according to the latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), jumping by 88.6 per cent compared with N6.11 trillion recorded in the first half of 2021.

In its Foreign Trade Statistics for the Second Quarter of 2022, the NBS noted that crude oil export in the first six months of 2022 accounted for 79.47 per cent of total exports in the period under review, while it also accounted for 44.62 per cent of total trades in the same period.

Giving a breakdown of crude oil exports in the first half of 2022, the NBS stated that in the first quarter of the year, crude oil valued at N5.621 trillion was exported by the country, while in the second quarter, N5.908 trillion was exported.

In comparison, in the first quarter of 2021, the NBS said Nigeria earned N2.043 trillion from crude oil exports, while in the second quarter, N4.072 trillion crude oil export sales were recorded. Furthermore, in the third and fourth quarters of 2021, Nigeria recorded crude oil export of N4.026 trillion and N4.269 trillion, respectively.

The country’s statistical authority put Nigeria’s total trade in the first half of 2022 at N25.843 trillion, comprising N13.001 trillion and N12.841 trillion in the first and second quarter of the year, respectively; while total export trade for the first half of 2022 stood at N14.507 trillion, with N7.1 trillion and N7.407 trillion export recorded in the first and second quarter respectively.

Specifically, the NBS reported that in the second quarter of 2022, crude oil ranked as the most exported commodity in the country, with 79.77 per cent of the country’s total export.

Furthermore, the statistics agency stated that the most of Nigeria’s crude oil export in the second quarter of 2022 was to European countries, with the continent purchasing Nigeria’s crude oil valued at N2.737 trillion; followed by Asia, with N1.916 trillion; while countries in America purchased N861.937 billion.

Africa accounted for N355.853 billion of Nigeria’s crude oil export, while N36.459 billion worth of Nigeria’s crude oil was exported to Oceania.

India emerged as the highest buyer of Nigeria’s crude oil, with N1.009 trillion worth of the commodity shipped to the country in the second quarter; followed by the Netherlands, with the purchase of N886.314 billion worth of Nigeria’s crude oil; while N854.859 billion crude oil was exported to Spain.

Other major crude oil export destinations were Indonesia, N614.954 billion; United States, N488.356 billion; Italy, N253.817 billion; Sweden, N232.152 billion; Canada, N226.704 billion; France, N192.273 billion and Ivory Coast, N191.425 billion.

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