Nigeria

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Chapter | Economy from The Report: Nigeria 2022

Nigeria faced new economic headwinds in 2020. While the country’s growth has traditionally been stymied by issues such as electricity shortages, bureaucracy and a lack of transparency, the pandemic added a new set of challenges. GDP contracted by 1.9% in 2020, reversing a three-year period of consistent – albeit moderate – expansion. Youth unemployment, a long-standing challenge for Nigeria,...

Chapter | Country Profile from The Report: Nigeria 2022

Nigeria is the 14th-largest country in Africa by land mass and is culturally diverse, with a population of more than 200m spanning over 250 ethnic groups. It is rich in natural resources, with some of the largest proven oil reserves in Africa, and has a strong agriculture sector, with major exports including rubber, cocoa, peanuts and palm oil. The country gained independence in 1960 and...

Driven by a combination of higher commodity prices, the relaxing of lockdowns and a recovery in global trade, Africa has had some success in overcoming the recession provoked by the coronavirus pandemic and returned to growth in 2021.

Economic zones in Africa have had a significant impact on trade volumes across the continent, as well as on job creation and foreign direct investment inflows.

The ongoing UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow has underlined how increased adoption of low-carbon energy sources will be key to reducing global emissions. While it is not without its detractors, many agree that nuclear power has a role to play in this.

As environmental, social and governance concerns become increasingly important in the corporate world, insurance companies are emerging as potentially key players in the shift away from fossil fuel-powered projects.

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