World Bank To Enhance Nigeria’s Borrowing Status

From the 2014 fiscal year, Nigeria would gradually move to a ‘Blend’ country status.

What this means is that the country would not only be able to continue to access resources from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) concessional window, but would start accessing from the bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) window.

World Bank’s country representative; Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, says under the ‘Blend’ status, Nigeria would still have access to IDA funding with a maturity period of 25 years, and a grace period of five years and would be able to receive IBRD credit which also has a maturity period of up to 25 years.

During this time, Nigeria would enter into what is commonly called a transition period whose duration varies from country to country.

This ‘Blend’ status would be captured in the bank’s third country partnership strategy (CPS 111) document with an implementation period of 2014-2017.

Nigeria’s debt is now N6.88 trillion…. DMO

The total debt profile of Nigeria now stands at $44.28bn (N6.88tn), according to the Debt Management Office (DMO).

Statistics obtained from the DMO revealed that the domestic debt component of the total indebtedness stood at $38.37bn (N5.97tn), while the external debt stood at $5.91bn (N919.44bn) as at March 31, 2012.

Details of the external debt balance showed that multilateral financial institutions accounted for 83.28 per cent of the country’s total debt with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development-a member of the World Bank Group-is owed $6.31m.

Another member of the group, the International Development Association is owed $4.29bn while the International Fund for Agricultural Development is owed $70.25m.

The African Development Bank is owed $43.55m, while the African Development Fund is owed $387.23m.

Non-Paris Club debt sources account for 8.26 per cent of the nation’s external debt, which includes European Development Fund, $110.08m; and the Islamic Development Fund, $14.56m.

Bilateral loans account for $433.84m, while commercial loans contribute $54.63m.

The $500m, which Nigeria borrowed from the International Capital Market in 2011, accounts for the remaining 8.26 per cent of the external debt.

Details of the domestic debts, on the other hand, showed that FGN bonds accounted for N3.67tn or 61.44 per cent of the money borrowed by the Federal Government from internal sources.

Nigerian Treasury Bills account for N1.95tn or 32.63 per cent, while treasury bonds account for N353.73m or 5.93 per cent.

As at March 31, 2011, the nation’s external debt stood at $5.23bn, while the domestic debt stood at N4.87tn.

This means that within a one-year period, the external debt stock rose by 13 per cent, while the domestic debt stock rose by 22.59 per cent.

The Federal Government had recently disclosed to the National Assembly its plan to borrow $8bn from external sources for infrastructure development.

If the loan request is approved, the country’s foreign debt will grow to $13.91bn.