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Mar 31, 2014

Nigeria is on the rise, don’t talk it down, minister says

ABUJA, March 31 (Reuters) – Nigeria has a strong, buoyant
economy receiving billions of dollars of foreign and domestic
direct investment in power, petrochemicals, agriculture and
consumer goods, but it needs to grow faster to reduce poverty,
its finance minister said,

In a spirited response to what she called a trend of
“talking down on Nigeria”, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said she was not
concerned about short-term outflows of portfolio investment
which did not reflect the macro-economic fundamentals and
long-term prospects of Africa’s No. 1 crude producer.

Mar 28, 2014

Nigeria’s Taleveras, Aiteo bid $2.85 bln for Shell block – sources

ABUJA/LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – Nigerian firms Taleveras
and Aiteo have made the highest bid of $2.85 billion for the
biggest of four Shell assets up for sale, but the oil
major is holding out while it tries to persuade them to team up
with Seplat, an existing operator.

Several oil industry sources told Reuters that, although
there is little doubt the duo can raise cash for the block,
Shell is concerned about the reputational risk of selling it to
two exporters of crude and importers of gasoline that have no
previous experience in running producing oil assets.

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Mar 25, 2014

Jim O’Neill: BRICs, MINTs strong despite emerging market wobbles

LAGOS (Reuters) – The large, fast-growing emerging market countries dubbed the BRICs and MINTs are still likely to be the most promising investment destinations over the next decade, despite emerging market turbulence, Jim O’Neill, who coined the terms, said.

Former Goldman Sachs economist O’Neill came up with the name BRIC in 2001 to group Brazil, Russia, India and China as countries whose growth will shape the world economy in the coming decades.

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Nigeria hopes its gas can keep the lights on

ABUJA, March 21 (Reuters) – The first power cut to hit the
luxury hotel venue of this week’s energy conference here struck
the Nigerian oil minister’s speech on gas supply reforms with
uncanny accuracy.

“The gas masterplan aims to develop infrastructure delivery
for the domestic market …,” Diezani Alison-Madueke was saying
- before a blackout took out the auditorium lights and speakers.

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      "“I am the Bureau Chief for Nigeria since Nov. 2011. Before that I covered West Africa for 2 years from Ivory Coast, Iraq for 2 years (from Baghdad), and east and central Africa for 5 years, including Uganda, eastern DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Madagascar.”"
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