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CBN, SEC Grant Approval In Principle To Access And Diamond Bank Amid Merger

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CBN SEC Grant Approval IN Principle To Access And Diamond Bank On Proposed Merger

The Central Bank of Nigeria and the Securities Exchange Commission have granted an approval in principle to Access Bank and Diamond Bank on their proposed merger.

An Access Bank Executive Director, Victor Etuokwu, says the banks were expecting the final approval to come after the banks’ shareholders meetings.

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Etuokwu said the banks have received two of three approvals needed for the process, and that the final approval would be completed in the next sixty days.

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Etuokwu said the new bank that would emerge after the merger would focus on retail and corporate banking.

Robert Giles in charge of retail at Diamond Bank says customers will be able to use Automated Teller Machines, ATMs, of either bank at no cost.

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Nigeria’s Borrowing Remains Relatively Low At 19% – Minister

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Nigeria's Borrowing Remains Relatively Low At 19% - Minister

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has said Nigeria’s borrowing still stands at 19 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  She said this level is low compared to debt levels in Ghana, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Angola.

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The minister also said there is no plan to remove fuel subsidy. She said the International Monetary Fund merely advised the federal government to remove fuel subsidy but assured Nigerians fuel subsidy removal plans are not even being considered at this time.

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On the question of the country’s debt level, the minister said Nigeria’s borrowing is still at 19 per cent of GDP.  She said this is still within the country’s fiscal responsibility act which allows a maximum of 25 per cent of GDP.

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The minister said Nigeria has the lowest level of borrowing compared to other countries.

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Inflation Nightmare Returns To Haunt Zimbabwe

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Inflation nightmare returns to haunt Zimbabwe

The price of bread almost doubled for Zimbabweans last week, as the inflation nightmare that marked the rule of long-time authoritarian leader, Robert Mugabe, returns to haunt his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

There have been warnings of the mental and physical toll the rampant price increases will have on Zimbabweans after the cost of a loaf of bread basically doubled to three and a half dollars, and a tub of butter shot up to $17 from eight fifty.

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Mnangagwa pledged to revive his country’s moribund economy when Mugabe was toppled in 2017 after 37 years in power.

But after the central bank unveiled a new monetary policy in February, introducing a new local currency, prices of goods and services have skyrocketed at rates unseen in a decade.

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The disparity between the official and parallel market exchange rates has been rapidly widening, triggering price hikes of up to 300 percent.

The chief of the Zimbabweauthoritarian leader, Robert Mugabe, says he is angry at the government for “putting on a brave face and giving the impression that the economy is on a rebound, but on the ground things are going in the opposite direction.”

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The crisis has brought back memories of a decade ago when hyperinflation peaked at a grotesque 500 billion percent, wiping out the Zimbabwean dollar.

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Inflation Rate Jumps To Almost 67% In Zimbabwe

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Inflation Rate Jumps To Almost 67% In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s statistics agency, said on Monday, year-on-year inflation rate, for March, has spiked, to almost sixty-seven percent under, the new base used to calculate the consumer price index. The agency noted that under the old basing system it used until February this year, the rate had shot up to a hundred sixty-six percent, confirming that Zimbabwe was already in a hyper-inflation environment.

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An economist, Steve Hankie, posted on twitter that the actual inflation rate was more than 200%. He said this is the second highest annual inflation rate in the world.

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Another economist, Kipson Gundani, says the current inflation figures were emanating from confidence deficit bedeviling the economy.

This new inflation rate may not be a shock to Zimbabwean. In 2008, the country’s inflation reached 500 billion percent, rendering the local currency worthless and eroding savings and pensions.

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