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Electricity hope for Nigeria as Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano 614km gas pipeline project to start operations in 2023

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The head of Nigeria’s oil corporation, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari has revealed that Nigeria’s 614 km (384 miles) gas pipeline that is under construction will start operating during the first quarter of next year, which would help boost electricity supply.

The NNPC boss made the revelation on Thursday while speaking at a site the pipeline passes through in Abuja.

Kyari also said the construction was one of the major projects pursued by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has pushed for infrastructure development since coming into power in 2015.

Developed by NNPC, the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project entails the construction of a 614km-long natural gas pipeline from the Ajaokuta terminal gas station (TGS) in the Kogi state in the southern region of Nigeria, through the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Niger, and Kaduna, to terminate at a gas station in Kano.

“We will put gas on this line before the President leaves … by the first quarter of 2023 we will put gas on this line. Power will be stabilized, industries will come up as a result of this project,” Kyari told reporters.

The project is estimated at US$ 2.8bn, and is being implemented in three phases, under a build and transfer (BT) public-private partnership (PPP) model, which involves the contractor providing 100% of the financing.

Nigeria is Africa’s top exporter of crude oil and holds some of the world’s largest known reserves of gas, but has struggled to attract investment into the sector.

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AfreximBank to train African companies under AfCFTA

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The African Export-Import Bank declared that it would begin a programme of capacity building to enable African companies to capitalize on the advantages of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The continental bank said in a statement on Wednesday that its academy will oversee the capacity-building initiative in coordination with the AfCFTA Secretariat.

With 54 of the 55 members of the African Union signing the AfCFTA, the number of participating countries makes it the largest free trade area in the world.

According to Afreximbank, the American University in Cairo will work with them to offer the training, slated to take place in September in Cairo, Egypt.

The bank declared that it will concentrate on the AfCFTA’s commercial ramifications and the many opportunities it offers African businesses.

“Afreximbank is a key supporter of the implementation of the AfCFTA, whose focus is on transforming Africa from a fractured, commodity-dependent group of economies to a vibrant, integrated single market of about two billion people with a combined GDP of about $3.4tn,” said Dr. Yemi Kale, Group Chief Economist and Managing Director of Research at Afreximbank, in response to the program.

“In this regard, we believe that well-informed and prepared businesses are key to driving intra- and extra-African trade and investment. Through this training program, which is one of the numerous capacity-building initiatives the Bank has put in place to promote intra- and extra-African trade and investments, we aim to empower African businesses to fully exploit the vast opportunities created by the AfCFTA, thereby enhancing their competitiveness and contributing to sustainable economic growth in Africa.”

Additionally, Tsotetsi Makong, Head of Capacity Building and Technical Assistance at the AfCFTA Secretariat, emphasized the significance of capacity building for the AfCFTA’s successful implementation.

Makong said, “Investing in capacity building for the corporates and SMEs will ensure that home-sourced investments are mobilised and deficits with third country markets reduced, proving the AfCFTA to be the single most important instrument that de-risks the African continent in its entirety when it comes to investments.”

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Ghana: Inflation decreases to 22.8%

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According to the statistics office, Ghana’s consumer inflation decreased for a third straight month in June, falling from 23.1% in May to 22.8% year over year.

Samuel Kobina Annim, a government statistician, stated at a press conference that the June inflation was mostly caused by a decrease in non-food inflation, which fell to 21.6%, sufficient to offset a rise in food inflation.

The West African nation that produces oil, gold, and cocoa is struggling to recover from a financial catastrophe.

Last week, it overcame a significant obstacle to restructure its foreign obligations when its official creditors verified that the suggested debt rework was not unduly advantageous to bondholders.

In Ghana, the rate of inflation was approximately 9.98 per cent higher than the previous year. By 2029, inflation in Ghana is expected to have dropped to 8% from its peak of about 17.5% in 2016.

Economists say that a stable economy of a nation should aim for a constant inflation rate of two to three per cent. The rise in consumer goods and services prices over a specific period is known as inflation.

Excessive money supply is often the cause of high inflation rates, which can lead to hyperinflation—that is, inflation that happens too quickly and swiftly, devaluing currency and even triggering a recession or even an economic collapse.

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