Nigeria's USD11bn P&ID trial ends, verdict expected in a few weeks
The USD11bn trial between the Nigerian government and Process & Industrial Development came to an end yesterday following allegations of bribery and fabrication of evidence that were traded between both sides. While a judgement is not expected for a few weeks, according to Bloomberg, the case is significant as it could cost the country almost a third of its foreign currency reserves. Nigeria maintains that the 2010 failed gas deal stems from “bribery of epic and industrial scale” while lawyers representing the country in the 2017 arbitration case were bought off resulting in the award of USD6.6bn against the government, which has now ballooned to the USD11bn with interest.
Bank of Ghana to push T-bill rates down to 15%
The Ghanaian government is targeting to push T-bill rates to as low as 15%, from 30% levels recently seen, as part of efforts to reduce its domestic debt service following the completion of its Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP). The aggressive move by the government is expected to be in-line with its medium-term Debt Sustainability Analysis. Media reports that the move by the government could be supported by the oversubscription in recent auctions as investors focused on government instruments such as T-bills, that were excluded from the DDEP.
Kenya's water and sewerage tariffs could rise to support network upgrades
Kenya’s Water Services Regulatory Board could raise water tariffs while sewerage cost could also increase as part of the plans to raise USD1.3bn (c.1% of GDP) for expansion and upgrades of ageing networks. According to media reports, the government has identified reforms with the support of the World Bank to help mobilise additional funds required to meet the country’s target for water and sanitation including increasing tariffs to cover 150% of the operating costs of the state backed firms, from 105% currently. However, the plan to increase in tariffs could add to inflationary pressures in the economy, which continues to struggle with foreign currency shortages.
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BancTrust & Co. Research & Strategy Team.