In 6 Months, Nigeria Records $362.84m FDI

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Nigeria recorded $362.84m Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in six months, figures from the revealed Monday.


The NBS’ latest capital importation report stated that while $214.25m FDI was recorded in the first three months of the year, only $148.59m was recorded between April and June.

It stated that $213.84m equity and $0.41m other capitals came into the country in the first quarter.

The NBS disclosed that portfolio investment which included equity of $639.72m, bonds of $231.22m and money instruments of $3.4bn making a total of $4.3bn were recorded in the first quarter.

It added that the portfolio investment reduced $385.32m in the second quarter of 2020.

According the NBS, the United Kingdom emerged as the top source of capital investment in Nigeria in Q2 2020 with $428.83m.

This accounted for 33.12 per cent of the total capital inflow in Q2 2020.

By destination of investment, Lagos State emerged as the top destination of capital investment in Nigeria, while Standard Chartered Nigeria Limited emerged at the top of capital investment in Nigeria in Q2 2020.

The NBS also revealed that remittance inflow declined by 2.06 per cent in 2019 $23.81bn from $24.31bn in 2018, while total remittance outflows increased by 33.87 per $90.6m from $67.68m in 2018.

Financial have said that Nigeria can attract inflow and volume of Diaspora remittances with proper engagement and transparent .

They said this would make Nigeria to compete better with countries such as India, Israel, Indonesia that attract large remittances from their citizens in the Diaspora.

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, during a webinar by Ecobank, while speaking the ease of doing business in Nigeria, said it was getting better.

She disclosed that the country’ diaspora policy was being put together just as work a diaspora trust fund was ongoing.

Dabiri-Erewa said the commission was currently working with the Federal Mortgage of Nigeria to up diaspora mortgages for interested Nigerians.