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Full flow ahead?

October 4, 2004

Will the government’s plans to develop the oil and gas sector come to fruition? James Eedes looks at the problems that must be tackled.

The hard sell

October 4, 2004

A global campaign is under way to persuade people to rethink their negative perceptions of Nigeria.

Strategies

October 4, 2004

Economic diversity will provide Nigeria with a stronger financial base and the country is seeking this through development of the private sector. James Eedes examines the government’s strategic blueprint for reform.

Private lessons

October 4, 2004

The big state-owned enterprises that provide key public services need serious attention How is the government going about readying them for privatisation and what has it learned from past failures?

Clean-up effort yet to pay off

October 4, 2004

The authorities are acting on many fronts against corruption but there is still a long way to go. They must succeed if they are to persuade the international business community that Nigerians are trustworthy business partners.

Informal sector is high priority

October 4, 2004

Like many other developing countries, the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector in Nigeria is considered crucial to job creation and broad-based economic development. Indeed, SME development has been a high priority ever since the transfer to civilian rule in 1999.

Exchange of ideas

October 4, 2004

Nigeria’s capital market is sizzling and the stock exchange is working hard on various fronts to put it on the international scene. James Eedes reports on the problems and the progress.

Action on debt

October 4, 2004

Nigeria is burdened by debt. James Eedes looks at how the country is planning to tackle it.

Mixed reaction

October 4, 2004

Some bankers accept that, in the long run, a higher capital requirement is necessary to strengthen institutions. But some are unhappy about the impact on smaller banks and about the difficulties of raising capital.

New rules for banks

October 4, 2004

Central Bank of Nigeria governor Charles Soludo talks to The Banker about his plan to increase banks’ minimum capital requirement.