The Nigerian federal government spent a total of N1.8 trillion on debt servicing in the first five months of the year, representing about 98% of the total revenue generated in the same period. This is according to the budget implementation report presented by the Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed.
International financial markets have opened a window for African governments to diversify their funding sources from traditional multilateral institutions and foreign aid. For example, they can now borrow through issuing Eurobonds – these are international bonds issued by a country in a foreign currency, usually in US dollars and euros. South Africa was the first
Government has been urged to slow down on excessive borrowing as a precaution to reduce the country’s debt to GDP ratio. According to the International Monetary Fund, Ghana’s debt to GDP ratio is higher than what was actually put out by the government. The nation’s debt to GDP ratio actually ended 2020 at 78% of
The Economic Development Board of Mauritius has moved to assure South Africans with Mauritian trusts, in response to confusion and concern among its members and clients around the taxation of foreign investments in the island country. The EDB responded to an article published on BusinessTech entitled: “Bad news for South Africans with cash stashed in
Sub-Saharan Africa is set to emerge from the 2020 recession sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic with growth expected to expand by 3.3 percent in 2021. This is one percent higher than the April 2021 forecast according to the latest edition of Africa’s Pulse. This rebound is currently fueled by elevated commodity prices, a relaxation of
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented health, economic, and social crisis. It is threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions, increasing poverty and inequality, and reversing development gains. To move toward a global recovery will require sustained, differentiated, and targeted financial and technical support to governments and the private sector. These were key messages
Former Minister for Finance, Seth Terkper, has said, policy distortions to the country’s second-biggest tax handle – the Value Added Tax (VAT) – is impeding its ability to generate the needed revenue for government. Making the assertion at the second edition of the PFM Tax Africa Network Dialogue Series, the former Minister for Finance noted
The teams focused their efforts on a few of the highest-value S&OP levers in order to review the current planning process, identify gaps in the planning infrastructure and analytically understand demand and supply variability.
…as Telecos paid GH¢3.6bn tax in 2020 Total taxes borne, collected and other remittances made to government and allied agencies resulted in total payment of 3.6billion cedis. This contribution forms approximately 8.5% of Ghana’s 2020 tax revenue (Ministry of Finance, 2020 budget statement). This was revealed at the 18th Knowledge Forum organized by Ghana Chamber
The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin is on a collision course with President Akufo-Addo over his decision to slash budget estimates for the Judiciary and the Legislature. Alban Sumana Bagbin during the presentation of the 2021 budget statement last Friday directed the Interim Finance Minister Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who