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Nigeria’s Foreign Capital Inflow Drops To $9.68Bn, Hit Four-Year Low

Oluwaseye Ogunsanya February 6, 2021 17


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The National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday that foreign capital flow into Nigeria dropped by more than half in 2020 to $9.68bn, its lowest level in four years.

In its capital importation report for the fourth quarter and full-year 2020, the NBS said the total value of capital importation into the country fell by 59.65 per cent or $14.3bn last year from $23.99bn in 2019.

The data showed that foreign capital flow into the country stood at $16.81bn in 2018, $12.23bn in 2017 and $5.12bn in 2016.

The statistics office said the total value of capital importation in Q4 stood at $1.07bn, down by 26.81 per cent compared to Q3 and by 71.87 per cent compared to the same period of 2019.

“The largest amount of capital importation by type was received through other investments, which accounted for 73.22 per cent ($783.26m) of total capital importation, followed by Foreign Direct Investment, which accounted for 23.49 per cent ($251.27m) of total capital imported and portfolio investment which accounted for 3.29 per cent ($35.15m) of total capital imported in Q4 2020,” it said.

The NBS said the United Kingdom emerged as the top source of capital investment in Nigeria in Q4 with $236.88m, accounting for 22.14 per cent of the total capital inflow.

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